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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)

 

Week 0 doesn't count, it's just there to keep the flow going ;) 

 

 

*For those coming back, what's different:

  • No changes made, let me know if you have any suggestions!

 

@IAmInfinite @Akari @fitnessgurl

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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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Interesting challenge.  For about half the part, I have things like this built into my challenge already.  I might stay on top of things better if I made it systemwide though.

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Snickie | Level 25 Female Human

Assassin-ish | Level ??? | tall skinny female stick figure

STR med | AGI low | DEX high | CON med | WIS ??? | CHA ???

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9 hours ago, Snickie said:

Interesting challenge.  For about half the part, I have things like this built into my challenge already.  I might stay on top of things better if I made it systemwide though.

Studying every day is part of my challenge as well, but having a cool spreadsheet and an accountability group helps, and gets better numbers and goals.

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Oh, I so need this. I'm going to use it for part of my Adulting challenge, where I need to do 1/2 an hour of coding each day. I may add other bricks in time, but right now I'm going to concentrate on placing the heck out of one brick every day.

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otterbyte, level 3 chirpy otter assassin

STR 3|DEX 2|STA 3|CON 3|WIS 4|CHA 3

current challenges: otterbyte juggles priorities  \\ old challenges:4-week: DEC16 * JAN17 * FEB 17 * APR 17 * JAN 18\\ Assassin MiniChallenge: Epic Throwdown Championship * Assassin's Age: Origins \\ Monkey Tamers United

 

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

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1 hour ago, fitnessgurl said:

Ok everyone, this 3rd week is going to be hard for me; so I need motivational quotes...GO!

I didn't know any off-hand so I went looking . . . most of the "inspirational" quotes seemed really judgmental and dooms-day like! :disturbed:  But I saw a few I liked.

 

"Each morning we are born again.  What we do today is what matters most."  – Buddha

 

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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CheshireMoon

Gnome Rebel Lv 3

My Character Page

Current 4 Week Challenge Walk to Mordor 2017

Previous Challenges:

01/2017  12/2016

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Feel free to read every page! :P

 

I'e been doing pretty well, slacked off a bit in the last few days, but I need to get my revision hat back on for my exams after the holidays *sobs*

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they / them  |  half-orc paladin ( oath of the watcher )   --   lv 0

Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20Battle Log ~ Epic Quest

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I had a total failure at the end of last week; my older kid is in theater and last week was Hell Week (the last week of rehearsals leading up to performance). Which means that both of us - she as an actor, and me as costuming assistant - were there at all hours for almost the whole week. Add Xmas prep to that mix, and my coding time suffered badly. Does it still count as monkey poop if you're ignoring your bricks because you're building a different house? ;) 

 

Fortunately, all that is over and I've been getting some good coding in this week. I did 2.5 hours on Wednesday!

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otterbyte, level 3 chirpy otter assassin

STR 3|DEX 2|STA 3|CON 3|WIS 4|CHA 3

current challenges: otterbyte juggles priorities  \\ old challenges:4-week: DEC16 * JAN17 * FEB 17 * APR 17 * JAN 18\\ Assassin MiniChallenge: Epic Throwdown Championship * Assassin's Age: Origins \\ Monkey Tamers United

 

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

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On 12/23/2016 at 7:42 PM, otterbyte said:

I had a total failure at the end of last week; my older kid is in theater and last week was Hell Week (the last week of rehearsals leading up to performance). Which means that both of us - she as an actor, and me as costuming assistant - were there at all hours for almost the whole week. Add Xmas prep to that mix, and my coding time suffered badly. Does it still count as monkey poop if you're ignoring your bricks because you're building a different house? ;) 

 

Fortunately, all that is over and I've been getting some good coding in this week. I did 2.5 hours on Wednesday!

How did the performance go? And yay for getting back to your wall and not losing sight of the goal! 

they / them  |  half-orc paladin ( oath of the watcher )   --   lv 0

Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20Battle Log ~ Epic Quest

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On 12/19/2016 at 1:50 PM, IAmInfinite said:

Feel free to read every page! :P

 

I'e been doing pretty well, slacked off a bit in the last few days, but I need to get my revision hat back on for my exams after the holidays *sobs*

Thanks!

L3 Human Ranger/Assassin

Str. 6 Dex. 2 Sta. 1 Con. 12 Wis. 8 Cha. 3

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On 12/23/2016 at 1:54 PM, IAmInfinite said:

How's everyone handling the beginning of the holidays? I rediscovered MapleStory and have been gifted a bunch of art supplies, but I've been scraping in the minutes.

MapleStory? A game? 

L3 Human Ranger/Assassin

Str. 6 Dex. 2 Sta. 1 Con. 12 Wis. 8 Cha. 3

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

Motto: Where there is life, there is hope.

Soli Deo Gloria

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On 11/28/2016 at 2:45 PM, Aerisand said:

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

 

@Aerisand, I just want you to know that I really appreciate a good spreadsheet. And this is a *gorgeous* spreadsheet. Thanks for the obvious love and effort that went into it.

 

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otterbyte, level 3 chirpy otter assassin

STR 3|DEX 2|STA 3|CON 3|WIS 4|CHA 3

current challenges: otterbyte juggles priorities  \\ old challenges:4-week: DEC16 * JAN17 * FEB 17 * APR 17 * JAN 18\\ Assassin MiniChallenge: Epic Throwdown Championship * Assassin's Age: Origins \\ Monkey Tamers United

 

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

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On 27/12/2016 at 1:27 PM, otterbyte said:

 

@Aerisand, I just want you to know that I really appreciate a good spreadsheet. And this is a *gorgeous* spreadsheet. Thanks for the obvious love and effort that went into it.

 

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100% agreement :D

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Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20Battle Log ~ Epic Quest

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Okay! End of month recap: the monkey won.

 

But I don't feel that I failed because my actual goal was to lay 28 bricks in 4 weeks and 28 bricks were duly laid. Not every day, and some were half-assed, but I put them down and that means that I have 14 billable hours for the month of December and I think that's a record for the year. Knowing that I'd have to give that d*mn monkey 5! points if I didn't code that day was a real motivation. Sometimes the half-hour of coding didn't start until 11:30pm. But I did it.

 

And next month, I'm-a kick that monkey in the pants! :)

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otterbyte, level 3 chirpy otter assassin

STR 3|DEX 2|STA 3|CON 3|WIS 4|CHA 3

current challenges: otterbyte juggles priorities  \\ old challenges:4-week: DEC16 * JAN17 * FEB 17 * APR 17 * JAN 18\\ Assassin MiniChallenge: Epic Throwdown Championship * Assassin's Age: Origins \\ Monkey Tamers United

 

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

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