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Monday, July 12, 2010

I am trying this blogging thing. What should I talk about?

I have been working on focusing on one task at a time. It's supposed to "prevent" procrastination. There is a task at school I have been putting off for a while now. Today, I focused on getting my laptop fixed. Thinking about the broken laptop was one reason I could not focus on the school task. Turns out I just needed the AC adapter fixed.

On physical fitness goals, I started using PhysicsDiet due to the rave reviews from some of my SP friends. I meant to do the tracking weekly, but have started to do so daily in the past few days. I still have not decided if the additional work daily is worth the effort. I did track about a month's worth of my weekly weights and body fat numbers. From that I got an estimate of a calorie excess that I subtracted from my total calorie requirement this week. I seem to be losing weight and body fat percentage in the trending this week. Let's see what happens.
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    Very useful, indeed! I am going to take a nap, and do one of those time-limited focusing on the task you suggested.
    3959 days ago
    Cool on the PD! I like it and I log my weight and BF% every day. I like to see the trends of course, but it's also nice to put the numbers together with regard to consumption, weight, exercise, BF%. I can make changes quicker than usual when things aren't going as planned.

    Procrastination is a tougher nut to crack. I've developed all kinds of mental ways to get around it. If I'm just putting something off, I ask myself why. Do I hate the task? Is the task overwhelming? Do I not understand everything involved? If it's the first question, I figure out why I hate it. Then I figure out a way to convince myself to "get it over with". Sometimes if it's a household task, I might be able to trade with someone else in the household. Sometimes I just have to hold my nose.

    If it's the second item, I break it down into smaller tasks. Some times I'll give myself 15 minute goals. I should be able to do x in 15 minutes. This is sort of like doing the first pushup or the first step of a run. Momentum begets momentum (most of the time). If it's the third question, I get to go into research mode. I tell myself this because I enjoy research. So why should I put off research?

    If none of these work, often times I'm either tired or burned out. In that case, it's best to put it off. But there is a catch. Instead of just putting it off indefinitely, you MUST set a date/time when you will start the task again.

    Obviously, this is all mental. The task is still the task. That doesn't change. Not sure if you'll find any of that useful or not.
    3960 days ago
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