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In a Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine lays out the Trichotomy of Control. You should be able to take any task, event, or goal that you hold yourself to, and place it into one of these three categories: Things over which you have complete control (such as the goals that you set for yourself) Things over which you have some but not total control (such as whether you come first in a go-kart race against your friends) Things over which you have no control at all (e.g. whether the tectonic plate that you're stood on continues to be stable this evening) The Trichotomy of Control is a useful framework for evaluating the work on your plate,...