Daily Habits Checklist (July 10th – August 7th): “But whoever has been forgiven little loves little”

If you look only at the scores, it wasn’t a great month. In particular I did poorly in the “writing” and “publishing” habits. No coincidence those habits are related, too: I can’t publish stuff I didn’t write lol

But in reality, July was a great month. Yes I perhaps spent too much time partying and traveling, which lowered the scores, but I also spent a lot more time learning to sing and play guitar, and write song lyrics, which aren’t captured in the checklist. So the checklist needs to be updated, because I have increased my focus on music. Here’s an early example. It’s been hard, and fun.

I also got a puppy this week, so that will probably affect my August scores, unless I add a “doggy care” habit!

Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven–as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little – Luke 7:47 NIV

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Daily Habits Checklist (June 12th – July 9th): Fulfill with love the most common and obscure duties

It wasn’t a great month with respect to scores, but it was a great month with respect to new experiences, travels, new friends, and career realizations.

Some other thoughts:

I find myself, again, waffling back and forth on the importance of publishing something as a daily habit. I don’t want to publish a post just to check it off, yet there is value in a forcing mechanism to share your work with the world…

The longer I meditate, the better I feel, both in its immediate aftermath and for many hours after. Sometimes, just sometimes and just for brief moments, within the meditation you tap into a source of wonder and truth and awe that just makes you understand, this is what it’s all about. This transcends. This stuff overwhelms.

I gave to the nonprofit Save the Children this month, which was recommended by Bill Gates in a tweet. But I have decided to replace my monthly giving habit with an annual one instead. So one lump sum donation each year instead of one small donation each month. Yes, this is more efficient, but my primary concern was not the hassle but rather the risk of handing over my personal info (eg, my address, my credit card) again and again to a new organization every month, many of whom are underfunded and unfamiliar with the latest in data encryption and data security.

There is no one in the world who cannot arrive without difficulty at the most eminent perfection by fulfilling with love obscure and common duties. – P. de Caussade

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Daily Habits Checklist (May 15th – June 11th): A painter, who became Picasso

Another good 4 weeks and the progress I believe is starting to show, at least in private. The big gap in late May was due to a family cruise which was a great time. And all that white space on Friday May 26th was the result of a delayed flight. I suppose I *could* meditate and do back stretches while waiting at the terminal, but am averse to public attention…

My music habits have been moved to their own category. These include practicing the piano and guitar, and writing song lyrics. Thus they aren’t here, on the main list. But maybe I’ll include them in future updates. My goal is to start publishing songs soon. They probably won’t sound very good :/

Some thoughts on the habits…

Waking early: Your partner’s sleep schedule has a big impact on yours. If your sleep and wake cycles aren’t in sync, then one of you (usually both of you) will suffer. If you can’t get in sync, consider sleeping in separate beds and ignore the social stigma…? :)

Pushups: Seeking ways to “exceed my level”, in the words of Bruce Lee. In this case, eg, decline pushups

Meditate: Still remains hard, after all these years. Why?

My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.

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Daily Habits Checklist (April 17 – May 14): Netflix & work chill

A good 4 weeks. The three blank days you see in the middle are the result of a 4-day vacation to Cebu. I have the workaholic tendency to loathe beach vacations after about the 2nd day, but to my surprise I didn’t want this one to end.

The “evening to do’s” habit (a grab bag of little activities to prep for tomorrow such as packing my work bag) has morphed into the “evening work sesh” habit (where I load a Netflix movie of the fast food variety on the living room TV after dinner, and do an hour or two of busy work while watching it). This has been a nice modification. Having a fun movie playing in the background helps me to squeeze an extra bit of productivity juice from the day’s orange…or something.

A quick review of each habit…

Waking early: in addition to exercise, one of the biggest levers for my day. Waking up at 7am is not just one hour better than waking at 8am. It’s at least 90 minutes better

Pushups: the idea is that each year you increase your goal not decrease it. My hope is that at 80 years old I can manage 80 pushups…even if I have to do 5 at a time from morning til dusk lol

Write: because good writing is good thinking and it’s one of my favorite things to do

Meditate: remains hard but worth it

Exercise: along with waking early, one of the best ROIs on time and a force multiplier for just about everything

Publish: can’t keep your work to yourself if you want to improve and connect and grow. Need to improve here

Stretch back & neck: because I’ve had recurring stiffness problems which have by and large gone away since I started to do these exercises

What do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior? – Walt Whitman

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Daily Habits Checklist (March 20 – April 16): The value of a Personal Bible

Haven’t blogged much recently. Part of the reason is an increased focus on crypto research and investment and sending out weekly Bitcoin newsletters. Part of the reason is just a focus on longer forms of writing that I don’t feel are ready to publish…maybe that will change soon.

As habits go, a solid 4 weeks. The highest ROI per minute of time is still meditation. 10-15 minutes of silent zen meditation is enough to change how I feel for an entire day. My favorite habit and the one I’d hate to lose if it stopped remains the long daily outdoor runs. I’m flirting with the idea of training up to a half and then full Ironman if I can stop traveling so much.

Although my weekly habits goal is 80%, during the weeks when I reach or surpass it, I get this creeping sense that the habits are running me and not vice-versa. So that is something I’m paying attention to. Because habits should support goals and desires and work in partnership, and not always as a boss.

Finally I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the concept of a Personal Bible. I’m sure others have come up with very similar ideas. It’s just a collection of your favorite texts and quotes and poems and book excerpts whose wisdom you want to sink in deeply. I try to read from my own every night and it’s a tremendous source of insight and a solid mental anchor. You can even use my copy which I try to update monthly.

Abraham Lincoln’s principle for greatness can be adopted by nearly all. This was his rule: Whatsoever he had to do at all, he put his whole mind in to it and held it and held it all there until that was all done. – Russell Conwell in Acres of Diamonds

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Cheers! Happy habit-ing.

Hi! I write about habits and spirituality and random whatevers. Click here to see the daily habits that I track. Find me on Twitter @kgao.