One Year of Discipline, Day 4

A description of the “One Year Of Discipline” challenge can be found here.

Here is a behavior I want to reintroduce from NoNothingNovember. No internet surfing/social media just to spend some time.

To be precise: I have my regular job, and then I am keeping up this blog. I need to organize my time well. However, I find it impossible to jump from task to task without at least a 5 minute break in between.

That’s ok. These breaks become problematic, though, when I quickly check eMail or another website. Why? Because, as I mentioned before, I am losing momentum.

What I want to do instead is to either:

– walk around;

– get a glass of water;

– talk to people;

– visualize the next task.

That should be more productive and, most importantly, more fulfilling.

Right now as I write this I am on my way to sleep, and I still have so many ideas I want to implement! I know I will wake up pumped the next morning.

And once I also KNOW that I have not been distracted by meaningless internet/computer stuff – and let’s face it, even playing a video game has more substance than internet surfing – I will be much happier about how the day went.

Plus I am actually further ahead in my projects, because I did not take my ‘eyes off the price’.

On to the “beef” of day 4.

Below you will find

(a) a quick description how I fared on my main goals – losing body fat, working on my blog, installing good habits;

(b) my thoughts for the day;

(c) how the rest of the program went and whether there were any irregularities or other noteworthy points.

Day 4

Losing body fat

Slightly back up from 23.7% to 23.9%!

Annoying. But let’s wait until the end of the week.

What did I eat today?

Breakfast: Coffee, eggs, protein shake.

Afternoon: Steak and broccoli, Cheese.

Evening: Cheese and some apples.

120 push-ups, squats and sit-ups each. 25 push-ups, 50 squats and 80 sit-ups were in good form.


Working on my blog

I published my day 3 entry.

On the commute to and from work, I started reading Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography – for the second time, because the language has tinges of “Ye Olde English” – so it takes me a bit longer to digest it. Nevertheless, interesting read.

I will provide you with a review of that book by the end of the week. If you already want to check it out, you can click here.

(Disclaimer: if you buy the book via that link, I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.)

I figured out how to install a new eMail address:… that took me a while.

I also started preparing the sign-up forms and follow-up eMails for a mailing list.

These points all take time, sometimes more than I wish they would – but once again, by every day working on it, time is on my side. We have less time than we think on a daily base, but we get more done in a year than we would imagine.



(a) Emotional Health: For the first time in years, I called all my relatives back home. It’s great to have some grounding back to my family. I haven’t always kept up as much as I should.

(b) Spiritual Health: I continued the Happiness Habit. What was I grateful for?

1. Sunday.
2. Getting enough sleep.
3. Working on things I enjoy.

(c) Mental Health: Here are my 10 ideas for the day:

10 ways to improve the commute from Jersey City to New York City.
1. Increase the number of subway trains going underneath the Hudson river. -> build bigger tunnels.
2. Three different companies that handle the commute – some people need to buy three separate monthly tickets. -> offer a combo ticket.
3. Have lanes on the highway for vehicles with more than one passenger to encourage ridesharing.
4. Build another bridge that you can actually walk or bicycle across.
5. Make it easier for people to telecommute – e.g. through free computers, internet connection etc.
6. Build an easy kit to upgrade your vehicle into a hovercraft or amphibious car to quickly traverse the Hudson river.
7. Give rocket-propelled backpacks to people, so they can fly across the water.
8. Give tax incentives for New York City companies to relocate to Hoboken and Jersey City. E.g. lifting the property tax.
9. Have wet suits that are rocket-propelled. Sort of like idea (7.), but you are staying in the water.
10. Have swimming offices in the river that you can work in and depending on where you need to eventually deliver your product, move to New York or Jersey City.


Thoughts for the day

What did I do well?
I called all my relatives, something I haven’t done in ages.

What do I want to improve?
I had cravings for sweets and snacks. I don’t want to have these cravings anymore.

How will I improve?
I just take a deep breath and ban thoughts of what I COULD have right now from my mind.
On my way home from work I am often hungry, and there is a supermarket on the way – I won’t stop by anymore. Instead, I go home first, eat dinner, then if need be, go back to the supermarket.

How did the rest of “30 Days of Discipline” go?

No problems, went through all the points.

To check the description of the “One Year of Discipline” challenge, click here.