Weekly Digest – 5/30/16

Welcome to the Weekly Digest for the the week of 5/30/16 — 6/4/16. The Weekly Digest is a weekly review of my activity for (take a wild guess) the week. Each day I record my activity, in a notebook, for the day, in a timed manner. For example: 3:30pm to 4:05 – reading. This is to assist in my on-going process of being more productive and managing procrastination. As well as an accountability measure. In essence, this digest is my weekly reflection. This overview format gives me insight on what’s working and what’s not. Also, I’m able to see where my time is being spent, whether it’s too much or too little in certain areas, such as too much TV. This helps me stay on top of my goals and enables my progression. Most of all I am more aware of what I am doing with my time and how I can do better. Does this work dude? It gives me a sense of acknowledgement and accomplishment of how I use my time. Give it a read or glance.

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Weekly Tracker —– 115.5 of 168 hrs
Sleep—————44 hrs (Extremely low, ideal goal is 60 hrs)
Reading————-2.5 hrs (i’m doing much better compared to 2 years ago, however my minimum goal is 7 hrs
TV——————-35 hrs (yikes that’s job hours status)
Work/Intern——–7.5 hrs
Travel Time——–3 hrs
Food/Meals——–14 hrs
Writing————–2.5 hrs
Chores————–7 hrs (includes: laundry, cleaning, garbage, etc.)
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Weekly Questions:

What did I learn this week?
– The essentials of a productive day (my daily essentials). For me this consists of completion of my morning routine. Followed by deep work such as a project for school, writing, etc. Throughout the day essentials are reading and exercising. And to remain productive in the mornings, no TV, that is an absolute essential. My mornings are my productive time of the day. I am learning to take advantage of that. Other good essentials are quiet time, listening to some music, an audio book, or a podcast.
– I played the guitar for the first time. It was a great stress reliever. I hope to continue with this.
– To work hard and play hard. Everyone says that. I learned that working hard in the mornings allows me to relax in the afternoons. Which leads to working hard during the week and relaxing on the weekends, of course that is afternoon I use my Saturday morning productive hours wisely.

How did I progress?
– I am becoming very aware off all the things that I do, both good and what should change. By being aware I am in the process of enhancing what works and changing what’s not working. This is a part of my goals plan.

What will I improve upon?
» Read more: At the bare minimum, I will get back to my average of reading one hour per day. I will do this by sticking with my night routine of reading 30min before bed. Reading before bed winds down my mind, preparing me for a great night sleep. It’s like a cool down process for the brain.

» Reduce TV time: Specifically my nightly TV watching before bed. As, a good thing, I have not been watching in the mornings. My trigger has been right before bed. I spent this whole year not watching TV before bed, by giving myself a 8:30pm electronics curfew. I am tapering off slowly. This has been my biggest challenge of recent weeks, since the start of finals, three weeks ago. TV is my biggest issue right now, as I am binge watching the show 24 (such a great show). I started with the movie, then season 7 and 8, then back to one. (Two years ago I watched 24: Live Another Day and absolutely loved it (that was back in the days of watching a lot of tv on my off day,) since then I’ve wanted to watch the series. I had been doing a good job of not binge watching any series this year, as I implemented a rule at the start of the year: to not watch any series where more than one season is available. I was following this right up until finals this year. I did not start any entire TV series during the school year. Then I broke down during finals. The positives are: I am not watching TV in the mornings any more and I’m watching an okay amount in the afternoon (1-2 hrs, if any at all). What’s hurting me is my nightly watching. I’ve been watching an average of 3hrs before bed. I have been tapering off slowly.
→ Remedy: Continue tapering off. Put back into effect my electronics curfew of 830pm and get back to reading 30min before bed. These are the 2 key parts of my night routine, that I have strayed away from the past 3 weeks. My goal for next week is watch less than 18 hours. WIth a 3 hr per day max, ideally between 1-2 hrs and then in time over the next couple of week I will be back to my 1 hr average. Thank you very much!

» Tidy up my room: I am getting much more organized by keeping things its place. I no longer have any clothes on the floor. However, books, papers, and other stuff are spread out in a dysfunctional manner. This is an on-going goal of mine, that I am accomplishing with small steps. I am making a big improvement for this month of June. Also, I’m realizing I don’t need half the stuff that I have in my room, such as old notebooks, receipts, etc.

Weekly Exercise Checklist:
– daily morning routine exercise: [check]
– yoga 1x [no]
– workout 3x: [check]

Weekly Routine Check-in
– My morning routine is doing well. I am very happy with it. I have added variety. One improvement is reducing the procrastination of taking a cold shower, just do it.
– My night routine has been non-existent.

Weekly Consumption
– Article:
> https://hbr.org/2016/03/learning-to-learn
> http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/your-money/finding-a-job-that-works-for-you.html

– Podcast:
>http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/the_moment/2016/05/ryan_holiday_on_stoicism_and_why_ego_is_the_enemy.html

Next Week Challenges
> Productive mornings
> Less TV
> More Reading

The End.
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Image Credit: Reduce TV

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