the 13th letter Posted February 19, 2015 Report Share Posted February 19, 2015 (i.e. â€œif you still donâ€™t feel like doinâ€™ it, raise the stakesâ€) The stuff I donâ€™t feel like doing Working out: Going to martial arts class is second nature, but working out at home in my room? Eh. Workout goals: Convict Conditioning "Veterano" program, minus the rest day and handstand pushups, with at least one set at my current exercise level.Eat well: I'm already scrawny, and I tend to skip breakfast. Eating goals: Eat at least three meals per day. Also, gather recipes while watching my parents cook.Sleep: All those prejudices about gamers and TV watchers and sleepâ€¦ theyâ€™re all true. And once I then oversleep and wake up at 1pm, I miss breakfast, adding to that sore point as well. Sleeping goals: Rise by 7:30am, sleep by 10:30pm; if Iâ€™m out at 10:30pm, sleep as soon as Iâ€™m back. The stakes My â€œstudent lifeâ€: Iâ€™ve been unemployed since Jan 2014, living at home with my parents. My parents agreed to support my search for a Ph.D. position through 2014, and afterwards, I had agreed to look into the (non-academic) job market. During Dec 2014, they agreed to extend this support until the then-recent application in Austria came through. (Which it did, earlier today: â€œno.â€) Once my parents remember that my student â€œleaseâ€ has expired, my student life as I know it is probably over.My â€œsavingsâ€: I have upcoming expenses to pay by April, which I can only barely cover. And without an income, Iâ€™m pretty much stuck being broke.My â€œinnocenceâ€: Iâ€™ve never baked a cake before. And Iâ€™d rather not try. Which makes it a perfect punishment. So, I pledge that if I donâ€™t follow through with my goals, Iâ€™m going to bake two cakes, without asking for help: one for my family, and one for the Courier. The thing thatâ€™s different this time so that I donâ€™t repeat the same mistakes This search for Ph.D. positions and my applications to those? Iâ€™m making it a proper job. Complete with scheduled work/break hours, dedicated time tracking, and reports to my CEO (i.e. my parents).I have sequencing rules for my activities, both to help turn some of them into a ritual and to otherwise make sure everything is considered. Those rules are:No shower before working out.No breakfast before shower.No â€œscreensâ€ before breakfast.No email before the first Ph.D. position search.No lunch before the first email check.No â€œsoftâ€ work before lunch. (â€œHardâ€ work is either searching for or writing an application for a Ph.D. position. â€œSoftâ€ work is any other work that will indirectly help me get such a position, e.g. preparing a portfolio of projects, or rearranging my C.V.)No â€œclock outâ€ without posting on the NF forums. (Thatâ€™s still a major flaw of mine.)As a programmer, I can write tools to help me with my compliance. One such tool would be an automatic shutdown at 10:15pm. Itâ€™s currently in development. And I have ideas for how to technologically enforce rules #4â€“6. 3 Quote M (the 13th letter). Lvl 6 Elven Monk. Mathematics, computer science, martial arts and bodyweight strength training. Also, sometimes, fiction. Hello, world! Challenges: â€œConsistencyâ€ âŸ¶ â€œPreparationâ€ âŸ¶ â€œMultiplexingâ€ âŸ¶ â€œSanityâ€ âŸ¶ â€œEscapeâ€ âŸ¶ â€œLockdownâ€ âŸ¶ â€œProbationâ€ âŸ¶ â€œDetentionâ€ âŸ¶ â€œFoundationâ€(Ã—3) âŸ¶ â€œAll In!â€ âŸ¶ â€œHappy Hourâ€ Link to comment
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