Tip of the week: Methods of Goal Tracking

As usual, I share tips by the end of the audios and babble in the beginning. Tip of the week starts from 5:44s, the audio kind of cut off by the end ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

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I actually follow Iridescence’s goal-tracking method but with a twist. I record how much I rate myself on various tasks daily on an app called Daily Diary (it has many categories to write the various signs of progress for a single day). And then, I record my OVERALL progress (using the patterns in the picture below, because they motivate me to create more colorful squares on my sheet) at the end of every 5 days. If mine sounds too complicated (it’s sounding complicated to me) just look at how Iridescence records them below and try it out.

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A New Challenge? 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

“The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must move in 5 seconds or your brain will kill it.” ~Mel Robbins

I want to buy The 5-Second Rule book but I don’t think it’s available in my country, so I settled for a couple of youtube videos on it and here are concluding thoughts on it-

You will never ‘feel’ like working ‘someday’. You’re never going to feel like working. So now what?

Whenever you get an impulse to do a productive action, you have 5-seconds before that motivation dissipates and your brain starts making excuses to not do the work. The initial ‘reaction energy’ of the impulse in your brain (when you feel an urge like, “Hey, I should DO this”) takes up a lot of energy to work you up, so you need to make the best of it. When the impulse comes, count backward to 5 seconds as you run like a rocket-ship towards your work. The more you think before doing productive work, the less you’ll want to do it. You’re not a procrastinator- you have a habit of procrastinating. The more you practice this, the more bias you’llย  have about overthinking about doing your work.

I heard about it before and I thought, “Ha! It’s just your way of getting me to work even though I am not motivated”, but now I realized it was trying to work with the fleeting motivation while it’s still there.

I’ve tried it for the last 48 hours….and yeah, I don’t get these impulses much. But whenever I do I move fast, like I did by waking up early morning and studying ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve learnt it for myself that it indeed takes a couple seconds until the motivation fades away. I think meditating more will clear my mind of unnecessary things and I will be getting more spurts of motivation.

Wisdom of Inner and Outer Worlds

I am afraid of trying new things though because I feel like I will lose my identity and lose the things I have. But to me, living means growing from new choices you make. Even though new choices and new perspectives feel like you’re jumping into a dark hole, often, you are glad that you did if you made that choice. Because you bring a light with yourself, and even if the light in you delays in coming out, it comes out nevertheless, and you see the new situation in a real perspective. Even though it can hurt to bring that light out because you don’t want to see the reality of the current circumstances, one point when it becomes inevitable that wherever you go- there you are- you’re more likely to adapt, and that’s what you need the light for. By light, I mean adjusting to the reality (there’s giving up on actions you can take and then there’s being stubborn about the inevitable/obvious)

Wisdom, which comes with the difficulty of adjusting, is needed for both the inner reality and the outer reality. Do you know enough of your weaknesses and how to be aware of it in times of uncertainty? I think wisdom is accepting the truth of the inner and outer reality. It can be hard to take a good look at yourself because that is also like jumping into the deep, dark hole of self-awareness, it can hurt your ego to know how much is broken inside and how stubborn the broken pieces work in you. But even though new inner and outer choices initially causes great resistance and pain, often, you are glad that you did it because you realize how much energy you put into resisting in moving towards the next step- that the comfort-zone wasn’t exactly comfortable. Expending energy on not doing anything about your inner self and your outer reality makes life simply something for ‘existing’ and not ‘living’.

We have needs to survive, get love AND ACHIEVE. Even if it’s unlike you to not do much about your goals, you’ll always feel the energy you’re unconsciously wasting to NOT accept the inevitable and WORK with what you have, towards what you want. Covering the powerful, hot ‘light’ inside you for so long will burn you. Moving with uncertainty is in your nature, and it’s painful either way if you resist it or work with it. You might as well choose the pain that brings more happiness than a hole in your chest. The pain of uncertainty is always guaranteed. Graceful acceptance of uncertainty requires that you have more exposure to uncertainty- which means you have to get out there.

‘Thinking into’ wisdom is foolish; wisdom comes from the integration of new things in and outside of yourself- not from the ease of ancient thoughts.


Okay so it’s been a while since I’ve ACTUALLY written at the blog ๐Ÿ˜€ I felt the inspiration to write again and I’ve been thinking about what ‘wisdom’ is for the last couple of days. This was more of a brain dump, I was trying to understand what wisdom itself is so I wrote all this out to process my thoughts.

Tuesday Productivity

I did nothing! ‘Cept share some funny tweets…..And I need saline!

I know, it was the simplest of tasks. Write my todo list everyday. I didn’t do it. Maybe it’s the simplest things in life that are the hardest to do (lol). I think I do best when the tasks are pretty idealistic. Like reading 7 books a week, and I read 6 I think. My tasks for this week

  1. Be ready to give my A’Levels by the end of the week (Oh boy, idealism shall end here)
  2. Meditate for 7 hours
  3. Exercise for 5 minutes anytime before showering. Remember that if you put off exercising for too long, it seems like a long, dreaded task, which it isn’t.

 

What are your plans for this week? How did last week go for you, productivity-wise?

Tuesday Productivity

As per tradition, some of my favorite tweets are…well….there, over there. Boy. And I meditated for 7 hours this week. (โœ“), I didn’t exercise at all, though in my defense my feet were hurting….though they weren’t hurting today……but whatever ๐Ÿ˜€ LOL.ย  And as for making the spread sheet, it’s not even a month till last spread-sheet. Right, that’s my excuses for the other two tasks :’D I rate my week a 40% well done, because I did some studying too. And I downloaded a gratitude app and it helps me to count my blessings everyday. One of the items on my gratitude task is being grateful for this post because it made me feel okay for being unable to make friends, as easily as others have it-Making friends?

I am kind of scared that coffee will make me maladjusted again like last time. And then I gave up coffee again, for a while. I am having coffee and hopefully the daily meditation I do will keep my less restless.ย  I already feel the anxiously jumpy feeling I get after drinking coffee, I think I will just meditate more and have coffee only 3 times a week.

Tasks for next week-

  1. Do 22 pomodoros
  2. Meditate for 7 hours
  3. Exercise on Thursday & Sunday

 

What are your plans for next week? How did last week go for you?

‘Monday Productivity’ is ‘TUESDAY Productivity’

Because I have more classes on Monday and mostly end up tweeting late. Like I did today for yesterday. So I’ll be posting on Tuesdays now, so- TP (Trump-Pence, Toilet Paper. No wait, Tuesday Productivity!!!). As per tradition, first some tweets-

Last week’s goals went somewhat alright :3 I would give myself a 35% lol. Still at the lows. But progress is better than nothing, but the progress I make is close to nothing. But close to nothing is better than nothing. LOL. Nah, it wasn’t close to nothing. I do much better with my studies now and my body is slowly getting back the shape it used to be in. But I won’t be using a scale because I am horrible on myself with those numbers. I won’t dare stand on that horrible machine, I’ll just count my progress with how much better I feel inside with my weightloss. Anyway, this week’s goal-

  1. Do 22 Pomodoros
  2. Exercise 5 times a week
  3. Clean/Organize one part of the house every two days

What are your weekly plans? And how did last week go for you in terms of your goals?

 

Monday Productivity

I was supposed to write on the Monday-productivity challenge…..and I am on time! *poo-bear celebration* The first 11 weeks (every Monday), my progress went like this-11 Weeks.png

And I’ve studied a lot more than before and exercised 3 times this week. Even though I didn’t achieve the exact goals (because I became idealistic in my approach to goal-setting again), I have done quite well. And I meditated for 6 hours the last 5 days, my OCD was very well-managed till yesterday when I forgot to take the pills *cries*

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And I feel like my meditation efforts were sabotaged because I started getting more anxious today. But whatever. Learning from mistakes. I should save some “emergency pills” for when I lost them or forget to buy them. And I’ll give myself a good 40% this week.

My tasks for this week-

  1. Do at least 4 Pomodoros a day
  2. Exercise for at least 40 minutes
  3. Finish reading Lord of the Flies

I’ll leave you with some tweets:

Do you have any weekly goals? How well did you do last week personal-growth-wise? (Sorry, I didn’t know how else to say this). Is there something you want to get done by next Monday? Let me know!