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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".

Spoiler
  • 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:

  • We've added a spot for Week 0. It won't count towards points but it may help in getting started, testing things, or just doing something so you won't lose momentum.

 

@IAmInfinite @Akari @fitnessgurl

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' Who has the time to stall reaching hus highest potential? Death tells me "I'm a fickle thing, and I see you." ' •Aerisand

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1 minute ago, fitnessgurl said:

Sorry I've been AWOL. Life has been crazy!!! So much for slowing down after graduation. Ha!

No worries, and no one told me about the post-grad rollercoaster either ;) 

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Apprentice of Intent .  Lvl X Druidu Bronze IV

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' Who has the time to stall reaching hus highest potential? Death tells me "I'm a fickle thing, and I see you." ' •Aerisand

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High numbers this time, because my mocks are in January, and I'm slowly upping my work load. These hours include my frees during school. Last challenge, those frees basically completed my numbers. So this time, I have time at school, and an hour and a half at home everyday. Saturdays are hard, but I've started revising for some retakes and staying ontop of school work. The numbers may change depending on how busy I get or other priorities. I still need to decide how much I'm doing over half term, as I have two exams when I get back next week, and a ton of homework to complete. :( 

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1 minute ago, jmk said:

I so love this challenge but the tracking is something I procrastinate on!

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Hahah, you could try the experimental mode  a.k.a. "I always forget to track time" ;) 

Who knows, maybe it was made for you o.o

Apprentice of Intent .  Lvl X Druidu Bronze IV

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' Who has the time to stall reaching hus highest potential? Death tells me "I'm a fickle thing, and I see you." ' •Aerisand

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Week 0 taught me that I need to stop pushing all tasks to the last minute in order to get enough sleep. Today I had really trouble to not sleep in the first meeting. Let's see if I learned my lesson now. I don't think so. :D

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Was wäre das Leben, hätten wir nicht den Mut, etwas zu riskieren. Vincent van Goch

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Sorry 'bout the early Monday poop... struggling to stay focused :distracted: 

Today was better, but there are still too many halfassed bricks. 

My brain did a lot better by the end of the day, will see if I can get into that mode in the morning tomorrow.

 

I realized I really need to have the key ideas/questions to keep me focused in front of me or I forget.

Blame the landlady... she made me erase them from my window :(  but I put them back on on Tuesday!

Apprentice of Intent .  Lvl X Druidu Bronze IV

Epic Quest | Battle Log | Current Challenge

' Who has the time to stall reaching hus highest potential? Death tells me "I'm a fickle thing, and I see you." ' •Aerisand

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8 hours ago, Aerisand said:

Sorry 'bout the early Monday poop... struggling to stay focused :distracted: 

Today was better, but there are still too many halfassed bricks. 

My brain did a lot better by the end of the day, will see if I can get into that mode in the morning tomorrow.

 

I realized I really need to have the key ideas/questions to keep me focused in front of me or I forget.

Blame the landlady... she made me erase them from my window :(  but I put them back on on Tuesday!

Bad landlady! Bad! Bad! ;)

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13 hours ago, Aerisand said:

 

Blame the landlady... she made me erase them from my window :(  but I put them back on on Tuesday!

Yay for putting them back up!

 

I also failed yesterday, with a poop, as I was just running all over the place, and then stopped and procrastinated my school work. I've got one and a half hours to do tonight, and then I'm done! Physics revision here I come! :( 

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3 hours ago, IAmInfinite said:

Yay for putting them back up!

 

I also failed yesterday, with a poop, as I was just running all over the place, and then stopped and procrastinated my school work. I've got one and a half hours to do tonight, and then I'm done! Physics revision here I come! :( 

You can do it!

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https://www.nerdfitness.com/character/58014

Motto: Where there is life, there is hope.

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News Flash.

I'll be trying out two apps and see how it feels for getting more done.

One is "Saent" for blocking sites AND apps to focus.

The other one is "Brain.fm" for listening to music that was designed (by scientists it seems) to help focus as well.

As a super-focus combo. 

 

I'll report on progress, heh, it'll probably show on my brick building anyway.

May the force be with us.

 

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Apprentice of Intent .  Lvl X Druidu Bronze IV

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' Who has the time to stall reaching hus highest potential? Death tells me "I'm a fickle thing, and I see you." ' •Aerisand

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6 hours ago, Aerisand said:

News Flash.

I'll be trying out two apps and see how it feels for getting more done.

One is "Saent" for blocking sites AND apps to focus.

The other one is "Brain.fm" for listening to music that was designed (by scientists it seems) to help focus as well.

As a super-focus combo. 

 

I'll report on progress, heh, it'll probably show on my brick building anyway.

May the force be with us.

 

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This sounds really cool! Looking forward to your update!

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The logo is awesome!

I forgot I was going to London yesterday, so that was supposed to be an 8

And I'm barely scraping by with my hours, and they end up eating into my sleeping time because I have homework to do or revision, which isn't helpful for my sanity. My sleep debt has been increasing and I'm feeling more tired.

So here's for a new week where I stay ontop of things and get work done according to my time table and when I get home!

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Ok. Let's see if I can manage an early Monday, plan is:

 

04:00 - 04:15 0.25hr Miracle Morning

04:15 - 07:00 2.75hr Work

[X][DW Manual all text]

07:10 - 07:40 0.5hr Nap

go to gym

08:00 - 09:00 1hr Yoga

go back

09:30 - 10:00 0.5hr Food

10:00 - 02:00 4hr Work

[_][DW Manual complete w/imgs] 

[_][PPT from Manual]

[_][MVP Manual missing info]

02:00 - 03:00 1hr Food

03:00 - 06:00 3hr Work

[X][OurWebsite what content needed?]

[X]["" add/change content] 

[X]["" color palette]

06:00 - 06:30 0.5hr Meditation

06:30 - 08:30 2hr Work

[_][Recruitment pitch]

[_][MVP Manual review]

[_][Recruitment process review]

08:30 - 09:00 0.5hr Food & Review (come up with a night ritual)

09:00 - 09:30 0.5hr Stretch & Relax in bed **

fall asleep

 

If I do exactly this, I'll use the warm green pad on the neck, and get a nice neck massage **before sleep. 

If I don't do exactly this, I'll have to post a voice recording of me reading or saying something silly...

Little variation allowed ONLY if I have a work meeting.

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' Who has the time to stall reaching hus highest potential? Death tells me "I'm a fickle thing, and I see you." ' •Aerisand

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4 hours ago, fitnessgurl said:

Massively productive day today. *so happy* :D

Yay! Same! 

Though I didn't meet the requirements so will have to do that silly recording :shame:

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