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    One Year Of Discipline

    This is a look back at the second week of february and how I fared in my goals and my daily habits.

    #1 – Career

    (a) Lab work

    We have made progress on our manuscripts. My colleagues have really pulled their weight, I am very proud of them. Now I have to stop doing experiments and focus on putting my figures together.

    The most important experience for me was to not listen to music and podcasts at work – it made me more efficient, even though I had some “withdrawal symptoms”.

    I implemented the “no music” policy after reading this blog post by Good Looking Loser – it did make a difference in my focus and efficiency at work.

    (b) This blog

    Frak it, once again I failed to post every day. One big reason for that, I believe, is a lack of sleep, which is in and of itself again a result from too many distractions. Thus, I am introducing a punitive measure. If I don’t manage to publish at least three blog posts this coming week, I will have close my Netflix account. This gets embarrassing.

    In an ideal case though, I will manage the following in the coming week:

    (a) I will keep my daily journal posts and focus more on my personal journey through One Year Of Discipline.

    (b) I will keep the daily YouTube videos.

    (c) I will post 2 or 3 articles of a more general interest per week.

    (d) I will make my blog more homogenous and focus on the areas that I have experience in. (#1) – happiness and what it means for me; (#2) book reviews and biographies. (#3) articles about science. Politics, interesting research, careers.

    #2 – Health

    (a) Workout

    Daily Calisthenics:

    I was able to improve here. Starting at 21 properly done push-ups at the beginning of the week, I was able to go up to 30 proper push-ups – where my nose touches the ground. The goal until next sunday is to extend that number to 37. One more per day.

    Squats and sit-ups worked out fine.

    (b) Nutrition

    My body fat percentage has gone from 22.1% to 21.5%. Success! Until the end of next week, I want to be at 21.0%.

    (c) Sleep

    Not enough sleep, once again. I have to get 6 hours on average. If I don’t manage that, good-bye Netflix account.

    #3 – Habits

    Here is the list from 30 Days of Discipline – and how I fared:

    1. Eat three meals or less: That went ok, although I rarely had steak. Often sandwiches or salads for lunch. Especially the sandwiches just cost money and contained too many carbs – so I will not buy any lunch at work, but rather have a good steak for dinner at home.

    2. Get up between 5 and 7 am: Still too often too close to 7 am when I got up. I definitely want to get that back to 5 am and will be able to do so with enough sleep (see above).

    3. Cold showers: With the cold weather outside, cold showers are not super pleasant, but I am still doing them. Every. Single. Day.

    4. No Porn and Masturbation: No problem.

    5. 100 push-ups/squats/sit-ups minimum: 120 each, every day. See above.

    6. Dress to impress, dress for success: Never going out of the house in sloppy clothing.

    7. Make a to-do list: I am now reducing the number of items on the list much more. No more than 10 per day.

    8. Stand tall and proud: My posture is still good. Calisthenics help here.

    9. No excuses/explanations/BS: Check.

    10. Keep those ideas written down: See text box at the beginning of this chapter.

    11. My purpose: Blog and work. I have talked about it in more detail above.

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

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