"If you can't measure it, you can't improve it."
If I'm running a self improvement project, I'd better have some measures on what counts as improvement. Even though actually improving is nice and all, there has to be a way to notice it and track it, to keep motivated.
As I'm focusing more on softer developments (better sleep, clarity, general awesomeness) instead of . . .
What? Why? How?
Meditation was the first idea that I had when thinking about hacking methods. There has been quite a lot of research done on meditation and the benefits range from relaxation or pain suppression to actually growing a bigger brain.
There's lots of different meditation types around, out of which mindfulness meditation . . .
Where are all the productivity hacks?
If you look at the first batch of things I laid out to try, you might notice a pretty obvious omission: no productivity hacks at all. I haven't picked any tools or methods to try to raise the amount of emails I answer or processes I map at the office, for example.
The main reason for this is that I don't need productivity . . .
Laying down goals, setting up spirals
A motivation book got me motivated so I decided to put up a bunch of Beeminder goals:
- Use Trello actively and write 2 blogs per week for Hacked Man
- Get to bed before 22:00 at least four nights a week
- Read at least 20 minutes per day (edited)
- Meditate at least 4 times a week, 15 minutes a session (edited) . . .
Smorgasbord of self improvement
This is a sort of short and dirty list of things that I suppose are things I want to try out during the project. Some I have tried before and got results, some are things that are pretty commonly thought as being good for you. There will probably be a separate article on most of these later on...
The first . . .
Tools to pull off Hacked Man
Logical place to start on a self improvement project is to ensure you actually have the motivation and the tools to make some changes. Bunch of ideas and a started blog don't a superman make. I got Nick Winter's The Motivation Hacker suggested to me as one option, so I read it through.
The best thing about these sort of . . .
On times when everything is brilliant
There are times when everything is better than anything. When you just want to punch the air and giggle and take a dancing step because... well. That's the thing. Usually something nice has happened, but not always. Sometimes everything is just great and there's no single explanatory reason.
I get these quite often, . . .