I'm writing something about sets "life rules" like The Rules - The Way of The Cycling Disciple. I want to relate a proposed "set of rules" to existing "rules/sets of rules" like Murphy's Law or the Cycling Rules.
Over the years, I've developed a few __________ that I think are useful to keep in mind in dealing with technology.
I think these are not quite same as aphorisms, because the types of rules I'm thinking of are statements of what should be, whereas my understanding of aphorism is like this Merriam-Webster definition:
aphorism, noun :
2 : a terse and often ingenious formulation of a truth or sentiment usually in a single sentence : ADAGE, MAXIM
An aphorism is more a statement of an observed truth, but although the type of rules I'm thinking of are based on observations of real life, they're statements of opinion of how things should be.
So is there a word or phrase for this type of rules? (Now that I've typed up this question, I think MAXIM might work, but I'm not sure.)