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 😥

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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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Tuesday Productivity (Mindfulness Week)

Tweet of the day-

I didn’t do a good job with the Tuesday Productivity and I fear because of exams imminent,

This week I will dedicate to mindfulness. I’ve already tried this before and it’s a great way of being mindful, and that is-make it a goal to be mindful of getting lost in thoughts (after you accidently get lost in them that is) as many times asyou can. The more you are mindful of not being able to be mindful, the better. In addition to practicing mindfulness in general, I think this is a helpful tip to enhance the mindfulness experience.

I once made it a game that if I didn’t notice my mind getting lost in thoughts at least 30 times a day, I wasn’t doing good enough .I think it is a more compassionate way of being mindful instead of being annoyed when you get lost in thoughts.  I first heard of this trick from one of  Sir John Hargrave’s interview  of his book “Mind Hacking“. (And he mentioned he gave himself the ‘Sir’ in front of his name so that people take him more seriously).

Alright so my progress so far with other things-

I am getting fitter! I’ve reduced my daily rice intake by 2.5 handfuls and I’ve already stopped gaining weight. I’ve also stopped the ridiculous habit of asking my mother if I looked like I lost weight because I tried to approach my health in a gentler way, because Mother makes enough comments on my looks already (and she’s pretty overweight as well).

And I am making an effort to speak more with the….acquaintances I have now. Trust me, it’s hard. Like I said, once you say something, you are required by people-law to fill in the gaps or by speaking more instead of moving on and staring into space…..unless that person happens to speak more than you, than it makes things easier. But I’ll try more. I have to adjust to the ‘real world’ and see ‘small-talk’ as just the clues as to how great my  connection with someone might be if…ugh I sound like an alien inspecting humans.

My goals for this week-

  1. When not studying or reading, try to be mindful and notice whenever you get caught up in your head. At least notice it 30 times per day!
  2. Finish  exercise 1-3 from 5 years in Q/P (Weird Study-talk)
  3. Stretch every day

What are your goals for this week? How’re you been doing in terms of self-growth?

 

 

Dear me of May

Hey Mon,

You bore me. I recently read a letter of yours you wrote to me two years ago. I hadn’t opened the letter at the time I was supposed to open it, which was before the new year last year. But whatever. I sound harsh, let me speak softer. Egh, speak softer. Am I supposed to start whispering in my head? Am I becoming more and more like this the more I grow up? Well, I am. And as I read the letter you addressed to me, I felt like kind of hugging you, you were cute, just the you from two years ago. I always mentally grow up, but slowly. Which is why I always feel dumber than yesterday. I’ll feel dumber about today tomorrow. Maybe I’ll find this letter cute again as my slow maturity progresses to June.

The main reason I wanted to write this letter is for the same reason I wrote myself a letter two years ago. It was to make myself more productive for the year. And then compare how much I grew and how much of my expectations were……reached. And I felt awful when I read the part where you mentioned hope of losing so much weight. I weigh more than I did before. I felt a little sad when I got to the part where I wrote that grandmother *is* sick. Next month is the anniversary of her death. I need to learn to speak more with people I love. I have to practice it.

I’ve been having problems with low-pressure. And please, if you have a problem that’s been bothering you for months, you HAVE to get it checked. You are stupid with taking care of yourself. You once burnt your leg with boiling hot water and didn’t flinch even though it felt like it was tearing away your flesh. You just stood there and went, “Oh, my leg’s gonna melt” as you stood there. Neither you nor your mother understood why you didn’t scream then because the burnt area was purple for weeks. But even though you don’t pay attention to your physical health or……nothing much about your body really. You have to be aware of how unaware you are in this department

I am older and whinier. And I am not being all, “Ah, be a sweetie!” or “Take care of your health” or “Achieve the dreams, the dreams!” on you. Because reality used to be a very abstract concept to me and the more I grow, the more granular things get, but it doesn’t mean that a little motivation won’t take you far. Sometimes you can’t be a sweetie because it can get you hurt (despite my idealism). Sometimes you have to fight people to keep your sanity. And Sometimes you can’t just keep the motivation. And am learning to accept that perhaps this awful feeling I have in my body, whether it is depression or OCD or whatever, I’ve accepted that maybe this will stay with me. And that the ‘granular’-ness of life will keep glaring down at my foolishness (if it can glare) if I don’t at least acknowledge it.

Basically that’s pretty much it. By next June, I just want you to be more loving with your parents. Don’t do that thing with your hand that Mom hates (you know what). Take more walks with your father because this is the best way to talk with him, where you don’t have direct eye-to-eye contact. Get your blood-pressure issue fixed.

Accept the possibly inevitable issue with your mental health and lack of self-confidence. You might never be 90% okay and you’ll regret the things you didn’t do when you still might stay the same way.

You have to talk with people more WHILE you’re not self-confident. It’s clear you aren’t like them. But you need to stop being so much in your comfort zone. At home you think you will conquer the world. When you’re outside, you want to go back home. And it’s going to stay this way till you’re not getting hold of the more ‘granular’ pieces of life, the pieces that often only come from experience. You won’t find the puzzle pieces from inside your head, as comfortable as that would be. You have to adapt with the world.

By next June, I won’t have big expectations from you in terms of mental-health. I’ll expect little progress especially since you’ll have to study harder then ever before. But I hope you improved your relationship with your parents and are okay with how not-okay you feel. Bye

‘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!

Productivity Spreedsheet

Progress

I am such an egoistic bastard, writing my name first all the time, I didn’t mean to though lol I just realized it after seeing this xD

Thanks to Dizzy Chick , Willy, Mel, and Wendy for playing along! 🙂 I think I did as much as I would expect myself to do (teehee). On Week 11, I did absolutely not-much 😮 I had period that week. 😥

Alright before I go on to my next week’s plans, here are some tweets-

The goat-quotes, ahhh….

Anyway, this week’s task won’t be a daily task for me 😮 More like weekly goals (even though keeping weekly goals didn’t work for me before, but it might now, since I am tracking my progress on MS word).

  1. Pick out 21 problems from my accounting questions
  2. Finish Chapter 3 & 4 of Maths
  3. Exercise for one hour

Ugh. Work. But I have to do them.

Do you want to take part in the Monday Productivity Challenge? (Well? You do, I know you do, I know it good). All you have to do is just list three tasks/goals you want to get done by next Monday in the comments section below. Then on next Monday, write about how you did the past week 😮 For last Spreedsheet, click HERE.

National Relaxation Day

I’ll celebrate this special day by sharing some relaxing videos…..some ASMR videos :))

If you don’t know what ASMR is- it’just s a weird way of relaxing through rhythmic  calming sounds, calming whispers, relaxing visuals (and movements) and role-plays (that might have all of those). Here are some ASMR videos that works for me-

I rarely watch role-plays, but if I were to recommend one, it’s by this French guy-

If they work for you too and if you want me to share more of such videos, let me know!