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Hacked Man

Rewards

What do I get out of this?

So far I've mostly been stocking up on punishments if I fail at Hacked Man. I'll be globally ridiculed in all major newspapers for failing to post enough blogs. If I fail Beeminder goals, they'll bill me for real money. My spouse will be sad because I didn't clean as much as I promised.

But what do I get if everything . . .

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July 06, 2014

Habits and trackings

On the difficulty of tracking anything

I'm not sure if I'm extremely bad at this or if everybody is. I personally just seem to have astounding problems noticing what changes actually happen.

At some point or another I've for example

  • stopped eating lactose, glucose and FODMAP-stuff and started eating them again
  • taken vitamins regularly, but . . .

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July 04, 2014

Close calls

Teetering on the edge with a Beeminder goal

I had a moment of truth. I've been struggling with my "get to bed at 22:00"Beeminder goal. I seem to be constantly just one bedtime away from failing the goal. A couple of nights ago I felt like I needed a night off. I've managed to get the kid to bed already, had an empty house and could do anything I wanted... except I . . .

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July 03, 2014

Creating Motivation

As seen on the YouTube

I bumped into a YouTube-video of a motivation hack. Seemed really simple, so naturally I had to test it.

Recipe: how to create motivation to do something:

  1. Close your eyes.

  2. Picture the thing like it's already done (a cleaned desk, for example)

  3. FEEL GOOD about it. There has to be an emotional response here! . . .

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June 30, 2014

Constraints are brilliant

There was a nice idea in The Motivation Hacker: don't spend time on stuff that's only sort of amusing. I have an regular habit of sometimes meandering between a bunch of computer games, never really managing to decide what I would really like to play and then I end up using two hours on it and growing more frustrated by the minute.

. . .

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June 28, 2014

Self-improvement? Why!?

Is this a good idea at all?

There's one issue I suppose have to handle a bit: is a self-improvement project a good idea at all?


Self-help, boo!

The first obvious argument against self-improvement projects is that the manuals, self-help books, are harmful bogus. An especially garish example is Rhonda Byrne's The Secret, which basically . . .

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June 27, 2014

First experiences on meditation

Whoa, I mean, whoa!

First time I trying meditation based on these instructions was a pretty intensive experience. I might have overcharged it a bit, as I drank a cup of coffee just before trying, listened to binaural beats (using Binaural Beats therapy android app) and used feeling of elation instead of "normal" happiness as my metta (= focus of . . .

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June 25, 2014

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