These are not in any meaningful order. This is a first draft, subject to revision, as always. The intended audience is TTs (or deep thals), and excludes most MTs, MMs, TMs, high-IQ cros, starchildren, and whatever-the-hell else monkey nonsense turns up in the genome.
2. Instinctive circadian rhythm and workflow
This is based on the observation that thals exhibit an extreme form of a general tendency to prefer certain times of day for certain activities. There are times when we feel like exercising, and times we feel like doing cerebral work. Generally, these don’t overlap. This is the natural, changing flow of desires that feng shui attempts to harness. Success results in harmony of desire and purpose, which leads to greater long-term efficiency.
In terms of personal productivity, it is good to notice that your instincts are good and healthy. It’s the world around you, demanding conformity, that’s messed up. Given the right diet, sleep, etc., you would feel the urge to do different kinds of work at different times of day. Maybe you’d take naps. You’d feel the need to relax, or feel restless when you’ve rested enough.
The theoretical background on this one may or may not be accurate. I came up with the principle first, so this theory is a curiosity that may be considered unnecessary to the eventual methods.
If Tex’s anthropology is correct, neanderthal society was relatively stable for hundreds of thousands of years. A great deal of the necessary behaviors requisite in such a society would have become hard-coded during that time, rather than cultural. Actually, my current theory is that the big freeze produced the stable society, which then persisted long afterward until cro-magnon man showed up.
In any case, it makes sense that our daily routines would become relatively hardcoded and show a certain amount of variation. We should feel like doing different things at different times, dependent on dietary intake, light levels, and proximity to other tribe members. If our protein and fat intake are low, for instance, we should feel the urge to go hunting. We should also feel the body start its shut down process when the sun stops emitting blue light (sunset), or feel the urge to sleep more during the winter. These are good, adaptive things that lead to greater efficiency (adaptive in a functional society, that is).
As with most things, modern life and R-selective behaviors muck everything up. The “night life” simply has no reason to exist in a k-selected world, when everyone productive is sleeping. (Night-time hunting and raiding instincts have no place in a world of megafauna and cattle herding.) Modern work scheduling recognizes no division between work and rest. This is especially true in the lower classes, where a minimum wage worker is generally expected to work whatever scattered, unstructured shifts need to be filled. But it’s gaining traction in the middle classes as well, in a couple of ways. Tradesmen and IT workers are either on-call or work retarded hours (think nurses), and this “on-call” rubbish is creeping into a lot of non-essential roles. Plus, the chattering middle classes (HR and other spreadsheet warriors) have a mysterious tendency to conflate work and fun (resulting in happy hours and work parties and such).