Hacked Man


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 goes . . .

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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 mostly not
  • slept more, and . . .

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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! "Mmm, what a clean desk. . . .

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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.

Nothing to play

. . .

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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 promises to show you how . . .

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June 28, 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