NoNothingNovember – The Challenge Begins!

We all have our vices, don’t we? Some of us watch an excessive amount of TV and play computer games. We smoke and drink too much, plus eat too much fatty food.Worse yet, even those of us who live a healthy lifestyle often use our work as an excuse to escape our problems.

We use the internet to “connect” with each others. We stay “up to date” by watching the “News”.

But… have you ever gone out in the city you live in, breathed the air and actually “took it all in”? Have you ever sat outside and smoked a cigar with a dear friend? Have you ever found the time to climb on a mountaintop and felt connected to the world around us?

See, we yearn to be with others. We use all the tools at our disposal to be everywhere at every time.

Yet, we are nowhere at all. At no time. Those tools end up using US to disconnect us from the world and entrap us, just like a venus fly trap ensnares a bug, all the while he is thinking “Wow, green! Plant! Nature! I’ll indulge just this ONCE.”

I was guilty of my abundant share of vices at one point in time or another. I still am.

But I also realized I wanted to experience real life, not some artificial version of it.

Time to let go of some bad habits!

#1 – Not enough sleep.
Regularly, I need around 6 hours of sleep. How do I know? This is the amount of sleep I take without an alarm clock.
Yet lately I have “existed” on only 4 – 5 hours. Less sleep = more experiences? WRONG. The body always catches up. Rather, take a good night’s rest and then go about my day with verve and enthusiasm. 
Goal #1 – sleeping no less than 6 hours per night.
#2 – Too many sweets.
Since I am originally from Germany, I like to get a reminder now and then about my old home country. Two of the things Germany is really great at are Chocolate and Sweets – to the detriment of my health and my wallet, since German candy is also very expensive to import.
Goal #2 – no snacks and candies, no refined sugar whatsoever. 
#3 – Social Media.
eMail, Facebook, Twitter. Who knew a little bird could be so vicious? Yet it has consistently managed to lure me into countless hours of wasted time. The same goes for Facebook and checking my eMail. It’s not only the temporary distraction, no: checking twitter rips my focus away for the project I am working on.
Of course, I still want to be able to post updates to my blog and thus grow my audience, but that’s the only way I’ll be using social media – to make a legitimate post and answer any requests. No participation in any conversation.
Goal #3 – Only use Twitter, Facebook and other Social Media for posting blog updates or answering a direct request. 
So these are all things I DON’T wanna do. Will there be some goals that are coming forth?
First, since I am a researcher, I am working on a manuscript that consists right now of a written text and 8 remaining figures that are halfway done.  I will finish all these figures so that we can send the manuscript in in december.
Second, I have just started this blog. By the end of november, I want it to be up and running and the initial kinks smoothed out.
Both goals should be reachable after I eliminate my distractions and get enough sleep.

Let the games begin!