Time is the most precious thing in this world. Make every moment count and live your dreams.
~See Lemons Productive
Random Observation/Comment #287: Time is the most precious thing in this world. Make every moment count and live your dreams.
I’m about to embark on completing all of my side projects within 30 days. It’s going to be… dare I say it… Epic. I will make this entry like an FAQ:
Q: Why are you doing this? more »
I thought my first impression of this 30 day challenge thing was profound, but I had only scratched the surface of many little nuances that taught me a lot about life. My first impression basically claimed that the challenges don’t matter and it’s actually about paying attention to your life and realizing how much gets done on a daily basis that can be considered an achievement. These activities are essentially short-term test runs for routines. If they deem beneficial to your health or productivity, you can include them in your life. If you suffered through the whole challenge and found it useless, then it’s probably good to just leave it as “I tried it once.”
After 26 days of consistently paying attention to my everyday tasks, it seems I had been practicing my personal form of project management. If I see my life as a project, not only have I taken complete ownership of it, but I’ve built my own timelines and dependencies in order to meet my goals. After planning and staying flexible and carefully re-evaluating, I’ve come up with the following advice for those who’d like to take up these challenges.
Random Observation/Comment #263: Side projects make life worth living. Passion will always drive excellence.
As seen from my previous post (right below this one, actually), I embarked on a journey to productively make a change in my life per month. Day 0 was September 15th, and after 7 days, I must say that the philosophy behind these challenges is much different than I thought from the beginning.
It may be true that completing these challenges will make you feel more productive and accomplished every month with that pat on the back, or even that the habit created from the challenge can carry through as a useful routine, but I never realized that the true value is the method of keeping track of each activity.
The truth is that these challenges aren’t revolutionary; however, my attention to the detail of doing each task is the real challenge. I don’t feel like I’ve changed my routines. Instead, I’ve taken a more active role in my personal activities. I don’t realize how many people I talk to per day and how many of them have actually been out of touch for some time, but random events happen where I bump into old friends. When I revisit this challenge regarding the friends I’ve caught up with, I’ve found that I catch up with enough people regularly. Recording who I spoke with and looking back in the past 7 days gives me that slow nod of satisfaction.
In terms of the push-up routine, I needed to make adjustments to the original challenge because 100 per day started to kill my arms and chest after 4 days. I did not plan it enough to separate them throughout the day, so I wound up over-exerting myself too much in the beginning. I decided to then adjust the challenge to do 60 push-ups in a row by the end of the 30 day challenge. This means that I will need to pace myself to do +1 more push-ups per day. I am at 37 in a row right now, which is still within my normal limits.
And lastly, the blogging and toastmasters speeches challenges very conveniently become filled by the essence of the challenges themselves. The whole thing is really quite balanced and self-sufficient.
I think this entry was too enlightening for the first week. I will hopefully get more inspiration to write more impressions in the weeks to come.
~See Lemons a Quarter of the Way There
Random Observation/Comment #262: Being productive is tremendously rewarding. So rewarding that I’ll assign myself work and do it for free…
I was inspired by this ted talk about the 30 day challenge and decided to pursue some of these for myself. The main idea is to commit to a goal and plan daily activities to complete the challenge you set for yourself.
As Matt Cutts explains, the reason behind this is so that you can hopefully maintain a good habit if you liked it beyond the 30 days and incorporate it into your life. These challenges will test your personal motivation to complete these tasks and probably give you a wider feeling of accomplishment as the months pass.
Here are some 30 day challenges I’ll try to complete before the end of the year:
- 30,000 words in 30 days – write 30,000 words for my book
- 30 days of photos – take a picture every day and describe your mood during the picture
- 3,000 pushups in 30 days – 100 push-ups per day –> pretty good routine, but I’ve never maintained it for all 30
- Send a message to a different old friend to reconnect everyday for 30 days – this should be easier with fb, right?
- blog once a week for 30 days
- learn 5 new words per day (in any language) for 30 days – this should help with my pursuit of increasing my vocabulary in German and Japanese as well
- Complete 1 toastmaster speech per month – this is actually quite difficult. Maybe I’ll just talk about this blog post….
Here are some of my completed 30 day challenges:
- 30 days of foodspotting – actually still doing this after 4 months
- 30 days of yelping – got into yelp elite because of it. Sweet.
- 30 days of writing in a diary – I’ve been keeping this up for the past 2 years. I use Google calendars and set alarms for myself.
- 30 days without scrabble games – My phone was always on wordsmith, words with friends, and wordfeud. It was getting out of hand so I had to get off of it. I play occasionally with 3 good friends. It was really taking up too much time having 5 games open on 3 different apps with random people. Plus, I kept winning.
- 30 days of blogging consistently – I had done this in Japan for 6 months, when I had no life. It was easy – A foreign country with no internet at night. When I got back, I had to pull this back a bit because I started to have a real life.
I’m going to pace myself, so I’ll start with the workout routine and messaging a different old friend every day. I’ll have one blog per week for the update on these challenges and then one blog per month on a topic I will use for my Toastmasters speeches.
Wish me luck!
~See Lemons Challenged