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Disclaimer: A large part of this is @Briniel's star introduction to Monkey Taming, digivolved for efficiency.

TL;DR: For Tamers coming back, the changelog is at the bottom of the post.

 

This group is for those of us who suffer from procrastination, "the action of delaying or postponing something". Or, more specifically "the act of ruining your own life for no apparent reason". I thought it would be a good idea to get together with other serial-procrastinators and tackle this bad habit together. Concepts taken from this brilliant article on waitbutwhy.com  

 

A point based game to beat the instant gratification monkeys, help our rational decision makers get out of the dark playground through the dark woods and help both of them enjoy themselves on happy playground territory (or the rainbow of flow, if we get lucky) together. If that sentence didn't make any sense to you, go read the article (including part 2). Do it now. Don't wait until later. (Unless you're procrastinating from some other thing you should be doing right now, then do that thing first and read the article right after that.)

 

So, now that we're all on the same page and know what's going on and who keeps us from our goals, let's teach our rational decision makers how to tame a dragon monkey!!!

 

Monkey Tamers United

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Step 1 - Figure out which bricks to lay

Take a task that you find yourself procrastinating on a LOT but that is actually really important to you. If you've done some challenges you probably know which of your quests give you the most trouble. If you don't, go by what's written in the article or decide for yourself. You could even chose several things if you're feeling confident.

Make sure you have a clear plan of what task it is that you will not procrastinate on any longer. Then break it down into smaller tasks, if necessary.

The idea is to end up with nice 30 minute bricks that you can lay down one after the other. Make sure you phrase those tasks in a non-icky way.

 

Step 2 - Figure out when to lay the bricks

Designate a certain timeframe for brick laying. It could be an hour at 9am every day, or wednesdays from 6-8 pm or any other timeframe that works for you.

 

These first two steps are supposed to be a tool to help you be successful. If you'd rather go at it without the planning or in between doing other stuff, that's totally fine. 

 

Step 3 - Lay bricks and earn points

When the time comes to lay your bricks, put them down.

 

 

CONCEPTS

The goal is to score higher than the monkey. Your score depends on how you lay your bricks: 

 

Productive Brick

For every brick (30 minutes of focused work, not disturbed by the monkey), you will get one point.

It does not matter if you lay these bricks right after the other or if you do other (productive) stuff in between. Even if you over-estimated the size of your bricks and still have work left after 30 minutes, don't fret, you still get the point. Adjust your brick sizes for next time (or live with the fact that you won't finish the task with one brick... it's up to you).

 

Halfassed Brick

If you're not happy with how you set the brick, because the monkey and rational decision maker kept dragging you in and out of the dark woods, you'll end up in mixed feeling park and your points will suffer.

 

Monkey Poop

If the monkey should manage to take over the steering wheel so much that you can't lay the brick at all and end up in the dark playgrounds, the monkey gets points instead.

Of course this is all up to your reasoning, but I think you'll know whether you're in the dark woods or the dark playground (procrastination anyone?). Be honest with yourself.

 

If you didn't finish your bricks for the day, any bricks not laid become monkey poop... 

Of course, if you manage to procrastinate for longer than you were supposed to have time for, feel free to add more poop, lol.

Once the productive bricks are all done that day, you don't have to track any more and are free to go wild!

 

About taking breaks

You can take scheduled 5 minute breaks every brick (so you'll work 25 minutes, then have a 5 minute break. Or you could work 50 min and have a 10 min break. Taken from the Pomodoro Technique ). Just remember that the monkey will do his very best to drag you out of the woods during break time. It might help to have a plan for how you spend the break. Do what works best for you. It might also help immensely to actually set a timer that lets you know when it's time for bricks and time for breaks. There's lots of apps for that ;)

 

 

EXPERIMENTAL: Alternative way to track Productive Bricks

For rewarding task completion instead of time a.k.a. "I always forget to track time".

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  • Estimate the amount of bricks needed for each task you need to get done (blocks of 30 minutes of focused work, not disturbed by the monkey).
  • After completing a task, you may enter the estimated amount of bricks instead of counting the actual time it took to finish it.
  • Remember to still count halfassed bricks and monkey poop.

If you notice a task took a lot more Productive Bricks than you estimated, add more bricks to your total.

If you notice a task took a lot less Productive Bricks than you estimated, use the middle point between the actual amount and estimate. (Why: daunting tasks probably weigh more)

 

 

DIFFICULTY MODES

Choose your own mode.

 

Easy: +1 point per brick, +0.5 points per halfassed brick, x5 monkey points per monkey poop   = The original system

Normal: +1 point per brick, +0.0 points per halfassed brick , x5 monkey points per monkey poop   = Against halfassing!

Kong: +1 point per brick, -0.5 points per halfassed brick, x8 monkey points per monkey poop    = Like a boss

 

 

JOIN US

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If you want to join the Monkey Tamers, let us know what you're planning to build, and join our colorful Google Spreadsheet for tracking your progress!

 

In the spreadsheet, all you need to do is fill in the black squares: 

  • Write your name and difficulty mode.
  • Enter the planned amount of bricks - for each day.  
    • You can fill those as days go by, just make sure to enter the planned amount before actually starting to lay bricks. 
  • Write the amount of bricks laid where they belong (productive bricks, halfassed bricks, monkey poop)

 

 

*For those coming back, what's different:

  • If you don't finish your bricks for the day, any bricks not laid become monkey poop. Of course, if you manage to procrastinate for longer than you were supposed to have time for, feel free to add more poop, lol.
  • There's an experimental alternative way to track Productive Bricks, for anyone to try out. It involves rewarding the completion of tasks more than the duration a.k.a. "I always forget to track time". Details right above the difficulty modes. Let us know if you plan to use it!

 

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Hi fellows,

This time, I'm going to make sure I bury myself in monkey poop if I falter, by playing on Kong mode and laying only 6 bricks per day.

That would be a disgrace to us all, so let's kick some monkey ass!

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This sounds really interesting, and I'm loving the article and the colourful terminology!

 

My tasks are :

Do four hours of EPQ research per week. 2 hours on Wednesday afternoon. 2 hours on Saturday after lunch.

Do 3x30 min study every night (bar Sunday) - as part of my challenge.

 

I have what I'll be studying every night on a schedule on my wall, I just need to stick with it. 

I also have a planning document for my EPQ, so it will just be a matter of research during those hours.

 

I'll be doing Normal mode, because I need to get myself doing this!

 

I also want to say that your spreadsheet is utterly AMAZING

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9 minutes ago, Aeri-sand said:

That schedule on the wall will sure help remember. 

I used the 24 hour weekly planner, and have it beautifully colour coded. The only problem is that I might be getting a job at some point during this challenge, in which case everything will move around and I will have to do more on certain days and less on others.

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Just now, PhysicsObeysMe said:

I used the 24 hour weekly planner, and have it beautifully colour coded. The only problem is that I might be getting a job at some point during this challenge, in which case everything will move around and I will have to do more on certain days and less on others.

Nice. Well, that is life basically :P If/When you get the job, you can alter the next weeks' planned bricks to what you estimate you can do then. Good luck with getting it!

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I wanna join too. Basically I'm doing this already in my own excel sheet, but to have some competition sounds great. :)

So lets do it like a boss! all or nothing. :D


Btw I like the pomodoro technik. Helps a lot.

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Work for today done: Learned Japanese and for my apprenticeship. These 2 things and learning swedish will be the main things in this little challenge vs the monkeys.

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18 hours ago, IAmInfinite said:

Ill and wasted an hour on Scarlet Heart. Then did some Physics over youtube, then managed to pump out an hour of maths (because Akari made this personal :P )

 

Im innocent. :angel: I proposed just a little PvP :D

 

 

 

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On 9/27/2016 at 0:09 PM, Akari said:

I wanna join too. Basically I'm doing this already in my own excel sheet, but to have some competition sounds great. :)

So lets do it like a boss! all or nothing. :D


Btw I like the pomodoro technik. Helps a lot.

Woot, welcome! :D 

And also, nice to meet you, fellow spreadsheet fan.

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9 minutes ago, Aeri-sand said:

I've been doing some job applications, need to use most my time today for making a couple guides due tomorrow, or else ... all is doomed. 

/dramatic music

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Yesterday was a really ill day. I managed to get an hour of work done in the morning during a free, and then another half an hour in the afternoon that ended up taking an hour because I was too busy chatting with friends. Then I got home and couldn't do anymore due to a really bad migraine. 

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I am done school. Woohoo!!!!!

Ok. To business then:

 

Week 2:

Exercise: 3x/week for a half-hour= 3 bricks

Prayer & Meditation: every day for 1/2 hour=7 bricks

Bible reading: every day for 1/2 hour= 7 bricks

Creativity: 3x/week for a half-hour= 3 bricks

 

Aaand we're done! :D

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I've gotten a lot better at utilizing my free time in school to study. It tends to cause half an hour of distracted work, and then half an hour of intense work. This means I have to do less work at home, so everything works out well! 

 

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6 hours ago, IAmInfinite said:

I've gotten a lot better at utilizing my free time in school to study. It tends to cause half an hour of distracted work, and then half an hour of intense work. This means I have to do less work at home, so everything works out well! 

 

Nice! Also, congrats on taking the lead ;) 

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1 hour ago, Akari said:

Okay, the monkeys won. Had great plans for the weekend and ended up playing League of Legends. At least with friends.

Oops. Show that monkey who's boss  :bull_head:

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I'm making progress in taming my monkey. Did two hours focused work. I started even to practice English again. I'll try to learn some vocabulary related to work in an office.

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