I’m normally in bed by this time, or if I’m still awake I’m reading or meditating or at the very least getting ready to go to bed. Last night was not normal. I was too awake to go to bed. I knew if I tried to sleep, I’d just lie awake, tossing and turning for at least the next 45min, if not more. I needed to do something before going to bed, but what? Read? Watch some random television? Play a videogame?
On the whole I’m a pretty good person, and I generally do good things. I don’t have any of the common bad habits, such as smoking, binge eating or biting my nails. My biggest vice, I think, would be that I occasionally spend too much time playing videogames, and I haven’t played a minute so far this week. If that’s the worst thing I do any given day, I’m doing alright.
Unfortunately, while I don’t do terrible things, I occasionally do less than ideal things. I’ve covered my excessive eating in front of my computer before. Now it’s time for part two of my ‘bad’ habits: laundry. In short, I don’t do it. Of course, that wouldn’t make for a particularly informative blog post, so let’s go deeper down the laundry whole.
I stopped doing that rigid approach in mid June, as it was no longer realistic. I’ve since adopted a new approach, and it’s been … good. Not perfect, perhaps not even great, but good. I procrastinate much less while following this system, and I’m still mostly productive. I want to make it sound like some grand innovation, a miracle of time management, but is actually quite simple.
This picture was made by Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons!
In one sentence, I have a weekly goal checklist as well as a daily to-do list. That’s it. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it’s been very effective. Not perfect, but effective. Continue reading →
I wrote yesterday about my experience with a very strict, set schedule. I feel I did a good job describing why I chose to do this, but afterwards I felt I may not have stressed the pros and cons enough. I aim to rectify that now.
Why are these buttons apparently in the middle of the keyboard? You can see J to the right, I on top and B underneath, which makes this a four-row keyboard.
Just to recap, I spent six months of my life following an incredibly strict personal schedule, in which I would wake up, go to sleep and do several other things all at the exact same time every single day. I really do mean every day. In some ways my days resembled the movie Groundhog Day, though the changing weather and my variable work schedule kept things fresh. At a minimum, four hours of my day every day were set in stone.
This may sound terrible, almost like a prison sentence, but it was a rather rewarding time of my life, and I’m quite happy that I went through it. It had cons, of course, but I’d like to focus on the pros first. Continue reading →
I wrote yesterday about my struggles concerning procrastination. It is by far my biggest weakness, my biggest vice. If I can overcome this, I would be as close to my potential as I likely could get. Over the years I’ve tried different strategies and approaches to combating procrastination, and today I’ll share my most recent way. I don’t know if that was more successful than my other strategies, but I certainly stuck to it far longer, and it worked.
Let me describe the situation and tell me if you know the feeling. You go online to look for something, maybe check your email or something else relatively trivial. No worries. You’ll be done in a few minutes. One of your emails has a link to a YouTube video. Okay, no problem, let’s watch that and then get back to whatever you were doing. After watching, you see the list of recommended videos after it. Oh, that one looks good, better watch it as well. You watch one video, then you watch another, and another, and the next thing you know it’s been several hours, it’s one o’clock in the morning and you’ve wasted your entire evening.
Let’s look at another possibility. You go to search for something online, and naturally you check Wikipedia first. I’m not saying you completely trust Wikipedia, you certainly wouldn’t use it as a source in a university paper, but it can be an informative read on some things. You read the article and feel more knowledgeable because of it. That said, there were a couple of things that you wished were explained in a bit more detail. Fortunately, those things are links on Wikipedia, and you can now learn in that depth you wished. While reading you click a few more links, because they sound interesting, and then those links beget more links, and the next thing you know it’s one o’clock in the morning and you wasted another evening. When will the madness stop? Continue reading →
At the time of writing this, it’s currently 10:12pm. I’m not going to lie, there’s about a million places I’d rather be than typing on this keyboard. I almost didn’t do it, but no, that’s not right. I didn’t want to do it. In fact, I didn’t want to do anything today, and I largely did nothing. I did my few teaching hours, not even a quarter of my day, and then I went home and … did nothing.
Man, I WISH I created a to-do list, as even that would be an improvement.
I have a set list of things I need to accomplish each day. Nothing too major. Everyday, I study chess, I do my workouts if applicable, I meditate, I do some karate, I read and, of course, I write a blog post. Literally minutes ago I finished my workout, something I normally do at eight in the morning. I still haven’t studied chess. I’ll do that after I’m done vomiting words on this page. Continue reading →