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    Keep your eyes wide and enjoy your life.

    When I looked back at yesterday, I first thought nothing much had happened. But when I wrote everything down, it’s not nothing. There are small steps that we should celebrate just like the big landmarks. In fact, your whole life consists of small changes that from time to time amount to bigger monuments of achievement, as I have detailed in my recent book review here:

    http://lifesciencementor.com/slight-edge/

    NoNothingNovember goals

    Sleep

    Every night this month, I have slept between 6 and 6.25 hours. So far, so good. What I still want to change is to get more regular sleep from 10 – 11 pm until 5 am. I am most productive in the morning, so I want to have as much time as possible then.

    The best way to reset my schedule is actually on the weekend. Because the later I start my day, the more my schedule gets shifted to the evening. There is no workaround from monday to friday, since I still need to get to my regular job.

    Thus, my task is to get into a regular schedule before the week starts.

    Sweets and snacks

    No temptations yesterday, and I did not miss anything.

    Social media

    I discovered a good way to further remove any temptation of browsing the internet on my smart phone – I subscribed to an RSS feed. This way, I can read content on a webpage that I am really interested in without the flashy elements and links.

    I got that idea when I saw that people are accessing my blog via the RSS feed reader Feeddler.

    What have I achieved?

    Manuscript

    I took a huge step forward by gathering some data that was still missing – movie recordings of blood flow in zebrafish embryos, viewed through a high-resolution microscope. That may sound fancy, but what I am really doing is to prepare the embryos mount them under the objective, adjust the right region to film and hit “record”.

    But it took a while to get datasets that were actually useful to begin with. So I am happy that I finally got it.

    Blog

    I finally wrote the first blog post for my book club section – “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson. This has been a hugely transformative book for me, so it was an adequate candidate for the first post. I’d be happy if this book can help others the same way it helped me.

    http://lifesciencementor.com/slight-edge/

    On the long run, I will talk about approximately one book per week – a version of the “52 books in 52 weeks challenge” Mike Cernovich from Danger and Play has talked about; Ed from “52in52weeks” has taken up that challenge.

    http://www.dangerandplay.com/2014/07/21/improve-reading-comprehension-retention/

    http://52in52weeks.com/

    I’ll comment a bit more on that challenge soon – I have already established my habit of reading one book per week and will soon introduce more books here, so stay tuned for more updates.

    Others

    One point I am still struggling with a lot  is to become faster in editing my blog posts before I publish them. Sure, I can WRITE 750 words in 20 minutes about anything that comes to my mind, but those “ramblings” are mostly interesting to myself.

    Learning to write for my audience – for you, dear reader! takes much more practise, because I want my blog posts to be useful for YOU.

    As everything in life, this will take practise.

    Isn’t that great? I am really happy I live in these exciting times.

    NoNothingNovember continues: Day 21 tomorrow.

    (a description of my goals for the #NoNothingNovember challenge can be found here: http://lifesciencementor.com/nonothingnovember/)