My life changeover (daily reports)

MDz

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Welcome to my thread.

If you aren't familiar with my story, it's here:
http://www.personal-development.com/community/threads/struggling-with-taking-charge-of-my-life.898/

I decided to start pretty much complete new way of living, compared to the last few months of my life. Talking about changing all the possible habits - whether it comes to eating, sleeping, working, focusing, resting, exercising, socializing, entertaining. Easy though - we're not going to strike them all at once - that would be almost impossible. Especially since I'm sick, so I'm pretty much stuck at home. But nevertheless, the change is going to be overwhelming, fast and very hard. But I'm going to make it happen.

This forum and specifically this thread is going to be a big part of it. To make myself accountable I'm going to provide daily double reports. Every single day, as soon as I get up, I'm going to post up in here, so that I know I've got up, you know that I've got up and I know I'm committed to spending this day as good as I can. Then by the evening I'm going edit this post (several editions or updates during the day also optional at the beginning) and I'm going to give you a complete report in an organized manner.



Day 0 - ESTABLISHED THE BASIC RULES AND HABITS

Getting up time: 8:00 AM all week
Bed time: any time before midnight


1.Morning Ritual

-big glass of water
-forum log to report that I’ve got up
-quick set of simple exercises
-5 minutes of meditation
-ample and healthy breakfast + music
-teeth brush + tea
-at desk, reviewing organizer and preparing to work on projects

Workflow Habits:

-no daily to-do lists
-following a GTD (Getting Things Done) system: executing next steps for every of my project
-working all the time between meal times and exercise times
-working in 25 min total focus periods, then deciding whether brake is needed or not (this is a complete trial as I'm new to this approach)

Knowledge Habits:

-Book after 3rd meal. Preferably 40-60 minutes
-Book in the bed. Preferably for at least 30 minutes, but can be as well 2 hours.
-Audiobook on any “industry” time such as preparing food, working out, buying groceries and such

Nutrition:

8:30 AM breakfast
~11:30 AM 2nd meal
~2:00 PM 3rd meal
~5:30 PM 4th meal
~8:00 PM 5th meal
~11:00 PM 6th meal

(Mealtimes for gym days and kickboxing days will be uploaded as they require pre and post workout meals)

+discovering 1 new healthy meal everyday

Misc Habits:

-Putting up 1 thing for sell everyday online. (I have plenty of them, so this habit should last few weeks.)
-Exploring new music by the evening.

And that's just for starters. I would love to add few more habits, but I feel that I've reached the level where it's not impossible to implement that kind of lifestyle but it's deadly hard and overwhelming - just the way that I want it to be.

More info about my projects and goals is upcoming in the reports. It's not like it's secret or I haven't figured them out yet. I just wanted to get started with this topic as soon as possible.

I hope you're looking forward to the effects of this just as I do. People love to read and write about events but learning about the process is always so underrated. Hopefully this topic will find few readers and maybe even I'll spread some inspiration.

Feel absolutely free to give feedback and opinions here or elsewhere.

Tomorrow will be the Day 1.
 

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I like your categorization and that you separated out knowledge habits. I never really thought about it that way. I never understood people I know who just go to work each day and never try to learn things outside of the narrow interests they have. Self learning is by far the biggest factor in so many areas of my life that I did pretty well at (at least to my own standards). Audiobooks are definitely a great tool, I've listened to so many during my drive time, otherwise that time is sort of wasted, plus it helps you pass the time on the really long drives.
 

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Audiobooks are absolutely stunning, you can soak yourself up with knowledge almost in any conditions and doing any sort of routine work. It' the only form pf multitasking worth doing.


Day 1

Morning log in:
Yep, actually got up without any problems, it's 8:06 AM in here. Failed to do so over last 2 months. Today it was too easy.

3:05 PM log in:

Morning Ritual went absolutely great and flawlessly. Then I got to work on the exams preparation (macroeconomics). The beginning was good, but after 1-1.5h I started to get more and more distracted. Still did plenty approaches but I just couldn't get so much focus like earlier. (To give you some background, I find learning for school/uni extremely hard and unpleasant, contrary to learning the topics of my choice).
Overall, I put about 1.5hours of pure and honest work on this project (learning for exams) and that's it for the moment. Not so good overall, but compared to what I've been doing earlier, it's a great success in focus and commitment. I was actually pretty proud of myself until around 11:30 AM. Then I started to get more and more distracted, feeling also some guilt (which is a totally useless thing to feel, since it only immobilizes you).
By the time the postman arrived, giving me a device that I sold to some guy and he returned it, because it turned out broken. I spent 40 mins on repairing it and I succeeded.

Oh, and FYI:

I'm using Nanny extension for Google Chrome. My blocked sites:
facebook.com 1 minute/hour
youtube.com 30 mins/day
(several bicycle forums + random sites that I rarely tend to check in) 10 mins/day (I've been spending hours on all these forums and random sites combined lately)

I absolutely love it. 1 minute for a quick facebook checkout is just right. Actually forces you to seek out the most important notifications and information, just like with other sites.

Gonna update this list since my stupid unconscious mind seems to be doing anything just to find new ways of distraction. But it has no chances with my conscious mind. Adding Vimeo to the youtube block since it took 30 mins from me today.

Lessons learned so far:

-I find it very hard and not so rational to stick to the meal times I have planned, they work if I'm good - but I'm still sick and I have lack of appetite. Withholding meal times until my sickness is cured.

-I feel like time tracking is needed. I instantly thought about starting with tomorrow and tracking the whole day, but why start tomorrow when I can start now. That's right, I'm doing tracking right after I finish this post and I'm going to provide the results.

-25 min periods seem to be working out pretty nice.

-It's not very new, but music at one time really helps me starting and building up momentum , but at other times it keeps me from focusing on the work. I've found that the monotonic trance-like music is the best so far.

-That's it for now, definitely got many things to do today, I promised posting in organized manner - while I'm not really doing this right now, I will definitely figure out the way to post along the way.


9:00 PM Update

I wasn't planning on such "early" update, but I collected so many thoughts that I couldn't wait anymore with it. So let's see what we've got here.


Just to keep my word and to build up my commitment, here is the time track I promised:
http://i.imgur.com/PlbhE.jpg

It also explains pretty much how I spend the rest of my day so far.

Let's take a look how my assumptions worked out:


1.Morning Ritual - 100% flawless success

Workflow Habits:

-no daily to-do lists ✔
-following a GTD (Getting Things Done) system: executing next steps for every of my project ✔
-working all the time between meal times and exercise times ✔ (pretty much yes, as I was obliged to do some of these interrupting activities that I've mentioned)
-working in 25 min total focus periods, then deciding whether brake is needed or not (this is a complete trial as I'm new to this approach) ✔

Knowledge Habits:

-Book after 3rd meal. Preferably 40-60 minutes ✔
-Book in the bed. Preferably for at least 30 minutes, but can be as well 2 hours. ✔
-Audiobook on any “industry” time such as preparing food, working out, buying groceries and such - couldn't find much of this type of time today

Nutrition:

As mentioned before, meal times are withheld until I cure myself from sickness.

+discovering 1 new healthy meal everyday

Misc Habits:

-Putting up 1 thing for sell everyday online. (I have plenty of them, so this habit should last few weeks.) ✔
-Exploring new music by the evening. ✔


Bedtime before midnight: ✔

I think I've accomplished the most important thing today - to actually regain self-control and self-discipline. To get motivated and also little inspired.

Yesterday I was overestimating myself in terms of productivity and "oh how much I will get done". Frequently made mistake. But even when it can be motivation killer, I still feel a little lack of satisfaction in myself right now, because I simple know I can do better.
When I think about reasons I wasn't as much productive as I assumed, I think the major thing that's been holding me back is simply my mind and its old habits. Its the lack of focus that comes from a mind that wants to analyze and analyze 5 completely different things at the same time while I would like to focus on completely another, 6th thing.
I know it's natural and that focus is only to be trained.

BTW this ability can be also used in our favor:
http://lifedev.net/2006/08/get-productive-and-let-your-mind-wander/



I have doubts whether discovering 1 new healthy meal every single day makes sense for me right now, think I'm going to withhold it and focus on things that have incomparably much more impact of my life such as:

(New Habits)

-crafting a 1 blog post every day (a complete blog post or at least 70% of its content for later modifications, at a pinch 2x35% posts)
-not only reviewing my organizer at the end of Morning Ritual, but also at the end of everyday

So yep, looks like we're withholding 2 habits and adding 2 new. Gonna do some more read and actual action on content writing right now, then continue reading Pavlina's Personal Development for Smart People in bed. I'm actually doing a little re-reading here, since I've already read 40 pages about 6 moths ago, got completely inspired and excited and then stopped (makes sense, right).


Anybody having good or bad time reading this, then let me know.

Oh, and tomorrow is going to be harsh - I'm going to track my whole day. And I'm looking very forward into it.
 

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This is a fantastic routine that you've got going here. I think I will take some of your points and ideas and try and implement them into my life as well. I would be interested to see the contrast between what you did previously to this.
I think that putting one thing for sale online is a great one that I will start doing immediately.
 

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Glad that you find them inspiring. You can get some idea of a contrast if you read my story, but as I've mentioned, I will be writing briefly some of the contrasts along the way (actually I've already written some).
Yeah, I figured out this habit few months ago after I've counted a whole bunch of stuff and put it on the list. Never decided to go after it though. Also, the item I've put up today, I've been actually procrastinating on doing so over a year. And boom, doing it today was like the most normal thing ever done.
 

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Interesting and informative to read again, I can see why you're a natural for blogging. That "let your mind wander" reference has me thinking. I often come with good ideas when I'm driving, or even in the shower. But never when I'm doing something that ties up my mind. I can see how if someone doesn't allow for a little of that, they could limit their creativity.

I had a hard time too in college in studying subjects not of interest to me, too often I'd procrastinate or make excuses to myself as to why I should wait. I must say it's definitely nice when you finally finish school and can study just in the areas that directly benefit you, and are hopefully of interest as well.

I'm impressed that you went so far as to block sites, that must have been a big time waster, doing it that way never occurred to me.
 

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Thanks for the feedback : )

I can see why you're a natural for blogging
This one encourages and motivates me.

I had a hard time too in college in studying subjects not of interest to me, too often I'd procrastinate or make excuses to myself as to why I should wait. I must say it's definitely nice when you finally finish school and can study just in the areas that directly benefit you, and are hopefully of interest as well.
Yeah, that's one of the reasons why I'm dropping out (actually taking a gap year after two 1 year attempts at Uni to have an option of reversing this decision).

that must have been a big time waster
A major one.
It's still not an air tight solution (definitely not), since it is fairly easy and quick to disable the extension that blocks the sites or switch to another browser. But after I've committed myself not to do that, I'm absolutely cool with the "Shouldn't you be working right now?" message that jumps out right after the site is blocked.


Day 2

Morning login

It's been extremely hard for me to get up today, but I managed to do that. If I didn't do all this report thing on forum I would definitely go back to sweet comfy bed.
Let's rock this day. (8:15 AM)

10:08 PM Report

Sup : D I've been really anticipating making this report.

As promised, I've done time tracking all the way from morning up until now. Since it wouldn't fit in any screenshot, I made this doc public so anyone with the link can see it:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Am2AS9HcpZ1xdFNTZm5BOTJkeFp3SXpZRzV1ekVoWUE



This actually takes my time tracking to another level, since you can see how I'm doing any time now. Oh s**t! I'm being watched, gotta spend my time even smarter now.

How it went

I've found more focus in the morning today than yesterday, partly because my work has been more interesting and creativity-demanding than the last one.
Then I got stuck after struggling for long time with creating any good content and I felt like I needed some movement, so I worked on my bike for a while - I would have to do this some time anyway.

Then ugly thing happened, I felt really exhausted (physically), like 70% of my muscles disappeared and I had no energy at all. Seems like a combination of my cold and not so good and long sleep. I lay down with intention to take a 20 minute nap and end up sleeping for about 2 hours. I was still exhausted and didn't feel better at all, plus itching all over my body. I really felt like s**t.

The shower really helped me but after lunch I was still exhausted.

After gaining a lot of inspiration out of Pavlina's book, I knew I still had to do few things today so I forced myself, sat in front of the desk and worked on ideas that I've come up with in the morning. Then I chose on of them and struggled with creating some content. After a while I had about 20% of what I would like to include, put in a very chaotic way.
Then another idea strike me and I wrote 15% of another article, this time in an organized way and text so nicely put out that it could be ready to be published. I soon "burned out" though, but I made bulletpoints for both articles of what I'd like to include.

The thing that I'm proud about for today is the output I did on paper sheets. I brainstormed so many ideas, connected them, pre-researched them and it will serve as a base to write content. They're actually "marinating" as Darren Rowse of Problogger puts it.
I also created a Question Journal where I simply jot down questions and problems I find myself in and also implemented knowledge from Pavlina's chapter "Truth". I admitted to myself a very important fact which I've been covering and fooling myself with. It is fairly long to explain in here and also pretty private for me.

It's really a nice pile of VERY worthy and meaningful information and reference when I look at all those papers. I already have folders for them from the past.

Thoughts

Regardless of illness that's been bringing me down today, I seem to be having some kind of crises in the middle of the day very frequently. Yet I can't figure out a solution to this right now. Maybe it's just the matter of old habits? If I force myself to be more creative as soon as morning fades into the midday and do this for 3 weeks, I think I would be ok?


Still feeling like I overestimated myself before this day and therefore I feel like I could have done better. I think I'll just try to ignore this mind conditioning and go on, striving for the best productivity day after day. Eventually I will achieve the level of productivity that I'm craving so much - it's not a thing that will come overnight.

Evaluation


1.Morning Ritual - 100% flawless success

Workflow Habits:

-no daily to-do lists ✔
-following a GTD (Getting Things Done) system: executing next steps for every of my project ✔
-working all the time between meal times and exercise times ~ I'm not going to fool myself here or others. Illness is illness, but that 1 hour wasted on porn wasn't reasonable. Other than that, it was OK
-working in 25 min total focus periods, then deciding whether brake is needed or not (this is a complete trial as I'm new to this approach) ~used 30% of the time, gonna have to improve it here
-1 article written every day ~I'm not happy with my 20% and 15% articles, although I've done great work on putting so many ideas for marination

Knowledge Habits:

-Book after 3rd meal. Preferably 40-60 minutes ✔
-Book in the bed. Preferably for at least 30 minutes, but can be as well 2 hours. ✔ (I consider myself fulfilling both of these at the same time, regardless of the delay after meal, I've put in 1h 40min of focused reading)
-Audiobook on any “industry” time such as preparing food, working out, buying groceries and such ~Again, no reason to fool myself here. I had many occasions to do that. It's actually hard to keep that in mind when so much is going on (so many other habits require implementation), but that's not an excuse. Will attempt to actually do it tomorrow.


Misc Habits:

-Putting up 1 thing for sell everyday online. (I have plenty of them, so this habit should last few weeks.) ✔
-Exploring new music by the evening. ✔

Organizer review at the end of the day: ✔

Bedtime before midnight: ✔
Gonna go to bed now and gonna watch Risky Business (1983). Feeling like this movie will give me some inspiration for my blog and my life and will help me feeling more powerful and executing my plans more ruthlessly. Gonna go immediately to sleep after that and hopefully I'll be rested tomorrow.



Oh, almost forgot. Just to officially state this and feel committed, I'm gonna do time tracking for tomorrow too. I'm also gonna post reports for at least next 30 days.

And the next thing I forgot: found today 2 great pieces of truth and added them to a document I made for this specific purpose. I'm showing you all 4 pieces I collected so far:



If you are a person who lives one way and says you are going to live another way in the future, those proclamations are empty. You are simply a person who is always adjourning and never getting things done.
What you do in your present moments is the only indicator of what you are as a person.
The more you seek shelter and comfort through diversion, escapism, and fantasy, the longer you’ll suffer from immature and inaccurate thinking.
When you rate any part of your life as a 7, you’re really saying: “This isn’t what I want, but I’m not sure I can do better, so I’ll pretend it’s good enough. It could be worse.” However, the truth is that if you aren’t experiencing what you want, you’re already in the worst possible situation.
 

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Wow, this is a commendable commitment and it looks like you've planned it out really well. I'm actually quite tempted to do something similar. Waking up early is probably the thing I would find most difficult.

It definitely seems like it's helping you somewhat to record and post all of your progress, and to be honest most people find it quite interesting to have this kind of insight into another person's life. It's kind of like watching an experiment take place. Not in a bad way, but in like a hopeful way while we get to share the developments.

Keep it up!
 

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Day 3

Morning login
What can I say. I got up and I feel pretty rested and also optimistic about this day.

9:45 PM report


Today it's been fantastic. Not like absolutely fantastic with euphoria and fireworks, but fantastic enough.

Again, you can see my time tracking here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Am2AS9HcpZ1xdFNTZm5BOTJkeFp3SXpZRzV1ekVoWUE#gid=0

The morning has been the most focused since I started this. Or I should rather say, I made myself most focused so far.

I kind of unleashed that loads of creativity and demand for creating something deep from my mind by actually writing and almost finishing (90%) one of yesterday's articles. I've put much effort into it and the satisfaction that comes from creating something such beautiful kept me motivated and cheerful for the rest of the day.

Yes, I grasped the satisfaction I've been craving so much over last 3 days.
As I worked and taught myself on the subject, I actually enjoyed it and started to understand that it's so much superior use of my time to put myself in that creative state of mind and work on something (produce) rather than to distract myself over some pretty fake and immediate gratification (consume) - or simply put, to loose myself in the internet.

It's been only 3 days yet I can't quite remember when exactly in my life I felt like I have control over my life as much. It probably happened 1 or 2 times in this year but very quickly vanished.
I can't imagine what it would be like in a week, in 2 weeks, then in a month.
I barely tackled my problems but those were 3 long and productive days. And it's getting better.

I soaked myself with knowledge today too. Long audiobook session and all that inspirational research for my blog has been very insightful for me.
I also started Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends & Influence People", this is just what I want since I've been really ignoring my social life lately.

Some say that only 1 non-fiction book should be read at the time, I read 2 and listen to 1 and feel good about it.

Not sure what else can I say, I just feel so complete today. I realized how glad I really am because of doing it. It starts self-propelling itself and giving me much stronger power and motivation.

Checklist:

1.Morning Ritual - 100% flawless success

Workflow Habits:

-no daily to-do lists ✔
-following a GTD (Getting Things Done) system: executing next steps for every of my project ✔
-working all the time between meal times and exercise times ✔
-working in 25 min total focus periods, then deciding whether brake is needed or not (this is a complete trial as I'm new to this approach) ✔
-1 article written every day ✔

Knowledge Habits:

-Book after 3rd meal. Preferably 40-60 minutes ✔
-Book in the bed. Preferably for at least 30 minutes, but can be as well 2 hours. ✔ I just did it earlier
-Audiobook on any “industry” time such as preparing food, working out, buying groceries and such ✔


Misc Habits:

-Putting up 1 thing for sell everyday online. (I have plenty of them, so this habit should last few weeks.) ✔
-Exploring new music by the evening. ✔

Organizer review at the end of the day: ✔

Bedtime before midnight: oops, it's gonna be violated today. I'm going to watch cycling criterium happening near me. Yes, I'm still sick but I'm better.
 

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Awesome! I hope it's been a great day for you so far. :)
 

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Yeah, thanks for the support sute. It really adds to my motivation.
 

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Nice progress! You sure picked a great book (Dale Carnegie), that's one that had some real practical techniques that helped me a lot in relationships. One of the key things for me was becoming a better listener, it's sometimes not easy to get rid of the inner chatter and really hear the other person and respond to them.
 

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Yeah, I'm sure it's going to have a huge impact after I implement it one step at a time. Thanks for the rep!


Day4



Morning login (10:00AM)

I've got up at 10 AM this time because of yesterday's cycling event. I went to bed at 2 AM so it was a smart decision, sleep deprivation and cold don't go well.
I don't feel that good and powered as yesterday, mainly because I wasn't satisfied with my socializing attempt at that event. I'm indeed very lonely and on top of that I've got parents behaving like ignorant, lazy assholes.
Don't think I'm whining, I'm just admitting the facts. I'm gonna take charge of that social anxiety and loneliness and I'm gonna smash them.




10:40 PM Report


Okay, it's been quite a failure today.
Half of the day I was exuding anger and irritation. Many reasons for that, but mainly because of my parents attitude towards me, being ignorant as F and because of the great difference between our values and perceiving world and the effects it brings. Some of their today's behaviors just added fuel to the fire.

So I head out to the gym to put my anger into dumbbells, I checked on their site whether they were open and the site said they did. I arrive 20 mins later and I find closed door. So I bike all the way down to another gym in the neighborhood, which I was sure that it'll be open and it turns out that it's never open on Sundays. Another fuel to the fire.

I'm so fed up with being stuck here in this shithole, in a land of few opportunities, poor supply of everything, nation full of communistic mentality, ignorance and BS and on top of that, financially dependable on my parents. I'm sick to the bone.

And so the day went on and I felt immobilized and miserable. I lost my time tracking and I lost my motivation.

"Self-discipline can be defined as the ability to motivate oneself in spite of a negative emotional state."

This definition from Wikipedia proofs that I have so much to practice when it comes to discipline.
Even after profound read of "Your Erroneous Zones" by Wayne Dyer where there's a complete chapter dedicated to immobilization by anger, guilt or worry, I'm still pretty vulnerable to a few things.

I've been contemplating on my future intensively. Thinking about my blog, my vision and what will I write. I was hoping to write something by the evening but I didn't. Yes, hope accomplishes nothing.
I came up with few ideas though and wrote them down.



Sorry for disappointing you. Let's call it a "day off", let's learn some lessons and move on.



Lessons learned:


Next time I'm angry, worried or simply miserable - just force myself and quickly read appropriate chapter in "Your Erroneous Zones". The understanding of how pointless being in such immobilized state really is should quickly end this state.

Letting go time tracking is risky and dangerous - it's throwing away a very powerful tool - a reality check.

Keeping in mind that I'm not comfortable with my current house, city and country makes me more determined to get out of this state. You can't get comfortable if you want to make a change.


Get up time 8:00 AM: No, but it was reasonable

1.Morning Ritual - 100% flawless success

Workflow Habits:

-no daily to-do lists ✔
-following a GTD (Getting Things Done) system: executing next steps for every of my project X
-working all the time between meal times and exercise times X
-working in 25 min total focus periods, then deciding whether brake is needed or not (this is a complete trial as I'm new to this approach) X
-1 article written every day X

Knowledge Habits:

-Book after 3rd meal. Preferably 40-60 minutes X
-Book in the bed. Preferably for at least 30 minutes, but can be as well 2 hours. ✔ Gonna do it now.
-Audiobook on any “industry” time such as preparing food, working out, buying groceries and such X


Misc Habits:

-Putting up 1 thing for sell everyday online. (I have plenty of them, so this habit should last few weeks.) ✔
-Exploring new music by the evening. X

Organizer review at the end of the day: ✔

Bedtime before midnight: ✔

Payback tomorrow.
 

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Day 5

Morning log (8:50 AM)

Been reading past 1:00 AM and had to get some more sleep. Proceeding to rocking my life.

11:30 PM report

I didn't meet my expectations at all. Although the first half of the day was good, the other definitely wasn't. I lost my time tracking after 4 PM. I do not have any explanations nor excuses for that.

It's pretty hard to admit those facts and type them here. But I would feel awful to cheat on myself, it would be the worst thing to do - that goes without any saying.

There are some upsides of this day though. I discovered this great guy Gary Vaynerchuk by watching this video:


I rarely cry, but this time I did at the end. Subscribing to him and picking up his book "Crush it!" was a no-brainer. I decided to start with the audiobook and already had it finished - it's only 1h 20m.

This stuff is very strongly related to my situation. I got encouraged and I'm willing to put all my attention, heart and time (well maybe not all since I got the exams) to the creation of my blog and my personal brand at the same time.

Get up time 8:00 AM: Nopes, 8:40

1.Morning Ritual - 100% but I sliced it to two parts - not a good start

Workflow Habits:

-no daily to-do lists ✔
-following a GTD (Getting Things Done) system: executing next steps for every of my project X
-working all the time between meal times and exercise times X
-working in 25 min total focus periods, then deciding whether brake is needed or not (this is a complete trial as I'm new to this approach) X
-1 article written every day X

Knowledge Habits:

-Book after 3rd meal. Preferably 40-60 minutes ✔
-Book in the bed. Preferably for at least 30 minutes, but can be as well 2 hours. ✔ .
-Audiobook on any “industry” time such as preparing food, working out, buying groceries and such X


Misc Habits:

-Putting up 1 thing for sell everyday online. (I have plenty of them, so this habit should last few weeks.) ✔
-Exploring new music by the evening. X

Organizer review at the end of the day: X

Bedtime before midnight: ✔


I think the key point for my success in the next days, weeks and months, but days most importantly, is to get as focused as possible, build a thick skin for distractions and maintain good health, inspiration and drive. The rest will really follow.
 

MDz

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Day 6

Morning log

Having a good amount of sleep (8h+) and getting up at 8 feels like a good start.

10:50 PM report

I haven't been receiving any feedback recently so I can only guess that someone is still reading this.

Anyways, today's been not bad, but not great either. It's been better than yesterday and that's what matters. My mind has been working pretty hard on the subject I've chosen for my next high-quality and original article (it definitely needs mentioning that they are not just any articles/blog posts). I've done some solid research and I put every good idea and quote on paper, creating a mind map. Then I figured out the structure of my article and started to "filling in" the points, starting with the opening line and moving on from there.
I haven't completed even the half of article though. Yeah, lots of great stuff and my thoughts written down to mention them in the content but not much of the actual outcome.

Of course it's to be finished, but I think you know what I'm getting to. My perfectionist approach mixed with my habits of not really focused and intense working, result in creating 30% of article over a day. Sucks, doesn't it? I wish I could just sit 3 hours straight and nail it. Or use a different approach - just write what's on my mind on the topic, force myself to use those untrained writing muscles, force myself to focus, then write some more and after I would do this in 1/2 - 1 hour, start crafting, organizing, polishing.

There is still a big gap between what I think and what I do. See, I realize very well that if I put myself to work on that project, I'm choosing to put the best of me out there in the world wide web, to create so many business and non-business opportunities, to create a new network of like-minded people, to get a lot of knowledge and experience along the way, to make my way to earning a living and to make my way out of here.
The list goes on and on and the above is just a generalization.
I realize all this and yet my old habits pull me down all the time. It's like I didn't want all this badly enough, but don't I? My soul and heart are screaming to make this change.

I don't know what's the problem with this about, maybe I'm just used to getting some things way easier (related to laziness). But I also feel that I'm moving a little closer every day to closing that gap I mentioned above.

Round-up:

Get up time 8:00 AM: ✔

1.Morning Ritual - 100%

Workflow Habits:

-no daily to-do lists ✔
-following a GTD (Getting Things Done) system: executing next steps for every of my project X
-working all the time between meal times and exercise times I'd say 70% here, despite the quality of work. It' is an actual progress
-working in 25 min total focus periods, then deciding whether brake is needed or not (this is a complete trial as I'm new to this approach) ✔
-1 article written every day X Yeah, I've done a decent amount of work about it but I'm not going to be bullshitting here. No 1 article is no 1 article.

Knowledge Habits:

-Book after 3rd meal. Preferably 40-60 minutes ✔
-Book in the bed. Preferably for at least 30 minutes, but can be as well 2 hours. ✔ .
-Audiobook on any “industry” time such as preparing food, working out, buying groceries and such ✔


Misc Habits:

-Putting up 1 thing for sell everyday online. (I have plenty of them, so this habit should last few weeks.) ✔ Sold 3 things today, including 1 that I didn't put up before.
-Exploring new music by the evening. X

Organizer review at the end of the day: X Sorry dear organizer. Will get back to you

Bedtime before midnight: ✔
 

MDz

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Day 7


Morning log

Yay, I can tell that getting up to an alarm clock is becoming a new habit. It takes less and less effort or thinking.

12:16 AM report

The vast majority of the day was focused on today's Toastmasters meeting and my role as the Toastmaster of the evening. I'm new to Toastmasters and this has been a fairly overwhelming experience for me, but I did it well.

Not only this experience accelerated my progress in public speaking and communication skills, but it also exposed me to new ideas and thoughts.
When you are in a calm, healthy state of mind (far from distractions) and you're open for opportunities related to your interest, amazing s**t happens.

I didn't write a word today nor did I put anything on sell, but I feel and know I did a decent progress today. I discovered so many ideas, mindsets and ways to explore my interest further.

I also had the opportunity to take a new, fresh look at my concern about how I spend my days. After the meeting we were talking in a restaurant and at some point, we naturally ended up sharing "how we spend our days" to each other, from beginning to the end.
This gave me a nice insight to these people's lives, lives of people that are fairly different from each other. And so I listened very carefully and I noticed many behaviors that I used to have in my life or I still have. I noticed how these behaviors or choices they made long time ago would affect the way they live - where, with whom, how happy are they about it, how much free time they actually get, how much they children grow with strangers rather than with them and so on.
It really helped me to create some kind of bird's view in my mind and I'm more clear right now. I feel better because I know how important are the choices that I've been making lately. I feel more glad about these choices that represented meaningful and fulfillment-oriented stuff and I feel like dumping all the useless or low quality clutter much more easily now.

I'm also pretty tired, yet I have 4 great inspirational videos opened in my tabs with very promising titles. I wish I wouldn't be so tired and didn't "have to" get up at 8:00 tomorrow so I could dive a little bit to this creative and inspirational (gotta love that word) state of mind and figure out something good for me, but it's already 12:40 as I'm writing this - not a chance.

Gonna watch them tomorrow early though.
Also seriously thinking about spending the best half of the day in a library (6 miles from me). I VERY rarely go there and I almost decided to try this out for the focus and commitment.

Let's check those points

Get up time 8:00 AM: ✔

1.Morning Ritual - 60% god damn


Workflow Habits:

-no daily to-do lists ✔
-following a GTD (Getting Things Done) system: executing next steps for every of my project ✔
-working all the time between meal times and exercise times I'd say 70% here
-working in 25 min total focus periods, then deciding whether brake is needed or not (this is a complete trial as I'm new to this approach) ✔
-1 article written every day X

Knowledge Habits:

-Book after 3rd meal. Preferably 40-60 minutes ✔
-Book in the bed. Preferably for at least 30 minutes, but can be as well 2 hours. .
-Audiobook on any “industry” time such as preparing food, working out, buying groceries and such ✔


Misc Habits:

-Putting up 1 thing for sell everyday online. (I have plenty of them, so this habit should last few weeks.) .
X
-Exploring new music by the evening. X

Organizer review at the end of the day: X Sorry dear organizer. Will get back to you

Bedtime before midnight: ✔

Gonna have to re evaluate these goals and decide which ones are really relevant.
 

MDz

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Day 8

Morning log

The weather is absolutely awful, which means I won't go to the library since I still have cold. On the other hand, I like this kind of weather when I'm home. Keeps me fresh.

12:07 AM log

I'm physically and mentally exhausted. Gonna have to do the report in the morning
 

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What great progress in attending Toastmasters. I wish I had done it earlier in life, it would have been easier than waiting until I had real presentations on the job. I never really interacted with them until we got my son involved in a youth toastmasters group.

Sadly I used to spend so much time in libraries but never do anymore due to the Internet. I may have to make another trip one day myself, the Internet can't match the experience of picking up an interesting book to flip through it. My father gave us entire set of recent encyclopedia's a few years ago, another thing that's on the way out.
 

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Now that was a pretty long period of time I didn't report anything.

There's been a lot of stuff going on in my life. Most of them related to my college education, financial support from parents and so on.
There's been a lot of frustration, helplessness, confusion but also a lot of insights.

Dozens of hours of serious discussion with parents on those topics and I'm still not sure what to do about my education. But there's been a lot of clarification as well and I've come up with new ideas, such as studying in Denmark.
Meanwhile exams are getting closer and closer, yesterday it turned out that I have an option to do 1 exam on Monday. I can do it later, but the urge of getting over with that 1 exam is big and I'm going to take that challenge.

Let me focus on that exam and on Monday, I will reevaluate my daily goals, modify them and continue with the reports.
 

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It's been quite a brake. I had some more dilemma and discussion about my college education but after all, I'm glad that I confronted my point of view with parents. They learned something and I learned something, but most of all, I have pretty clear view of the solution now. I'm gonna stay with my parents, continue degree on the same Uni and I'm gonna use my time very effectively - putting a lot into blogging and internet biz, enjoying my bicycle hobby, developing meaningful relationships and exploring the world of music. I'm gonna build on that and then I'm gonna continue the rest of the education abroad, possibly on more than 1 Uni.

I finally made it to the library (now), if I didn't do it, I highly doubt that I would be writing this post right now. I also decided to finally pick that idea of going to the library everyday, once again - the whole point of it is to change the surroundings and make myself more likely to pull those few hours of quality and meaningful work.

I'm reevaluating my daily goals as I'm writing this.

Basics:

1. Getting up at 8:00 AM
2. Morning Ritual
3. Hitting the library (report: time spent + what I accomplished)
4. 1 hour focused work on the blog
5. 30p book read
6. 30 min audiobook
7. Putting 1 item on sell
8. Google Chrome Nanny check*
9. Putting 1 post on my musicblog
10. Organizer evaluation

Health

11. Hitting the gym, unless it's no workout day (3 workout days/week)
12. Kickboxing session, unless it's no kickboxing day (2 sessions/week)


*I kept it turned off recently, so now I want to make sure that I stay committed

So it's on tomorrow.


EDIT:

I'm still in the library and it's been absolutely awesome. I just read 30 newsletters with valuable insights that have been cluttering my Inbox for like month. Only 4 to go to have a completely empty Inbox and I'm outta here. Meanwhile I've read about this great idea of reviewing every week and making an attack plan for the next and also doing it in terms of roles.

So on every friday, I'm gonna do a review (for myself) how I did as a:

-Student
-Blogger, Writer & Entrepreneur
-Son
-Music enthusiast

And exclusively:

-How my social life developed
-How I developed my physical strength and health

Cheers :D