Friday, November 12, 2010

Self Improvement

I haven't had the time to run this week. It's quite sad, but finals are coming up and it's all I can do to study. I have, however, been improving my habits in hope to be more productive.

I have been reading The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. Reading this was inspired by Jason Robillard. It has given me a ton of lifehacks that I can implement into my life easily, without huge change.

I have recently quit drinking coffee. Why? Because I want to know how bad I am addicted to the stuff. It's day four and I have a headache and want to take a nap. I want some coffee pretty darn bad. I have replaced it with decaffeinated green tea. Until now, I thought the manufacturers added caffeine to the tea. It actually occurs naturally in it, but in the tea form has 1/2 to 1/5 of the caffeine as coffee.1

So far I have noticed an increase in concentration because I am not constantly changing from a caffeine high and crashing. I don't drink coffee with sugar or cream, so I know it is the caffeine that is doing this to me. Addiction is something I am afraid of. If I can't function properly without something I don't want it.(See the relation there to shoes? aye? aye?)

Reddit pointed me to a 30/30 work schedule that I have found effective with some manipulation. I am currently in my 30 minute of fun time with 17 minutes to go. So if this seems rushed you know why. Anyway, this is the link to the article. When I have more stuff to do I change it to a 45/15 schedule. Either way, you are rewarding yourself for working hard and giving yourself incentive to work hard to get everything done in x amount of time. It also gives you a fresh look at your work after a break. Turning your brain off sometimes helps.


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