Daily Habits Checklist (October 30th – November 26): “Write in a trance, act in a trance”

If you look only at the scores – an average of 58% – it may not seem like the past 4 weeks were good. But they were.

One reason for the lower scores is a lot of travel (a long weekend in Hualien, 5 days in Osaka). Another reason is the winter weather that has hit Taipei: wet and cold and I got sick. But on healthy days, and on days I’m here in the city, my energy and focus are good and there is always room to improve but I’m counting my blessings.

Hope everyone’s doing well and having a good holiday season. Here’s to a strong end for 2017 and a great beginning to 2018!

Write in a trance, act in a trance – Mike Birbiglia

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Daily Habits Checklist (October 2nd – October 29th): “Savor the time you have”

A few changes for this month’s habits checklist: I removed the music habit (where I commit to singing or playing an instrument for one hour a day). Simply wasn’t getting it done, my focus had moved elsewhere, and I didn’t have any clear goals within view. A lack of focus and motivation, I think. But who knows, music might make a re-appearance, it’s still in the general milieu and I still take singing lessons.

In place of the music habit, I’ve brought back an oldie but goodie: the writing habit! Where I commit to writing – in a meaningful form, emails do not count – for at least 2 hours a day. This could be my public journal, or it could be short stories. Stuff that matters, that moves the goalposts.

Relentlessly prune bullshit, don’t wait to do the things that matter, and savor the time you have – Paul Graham

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Daily Habits Checklist (September 4th – October 1st): “Pain + Reflection = Progress”

Pretty poor 4 weeks. Main culprits are the usual ones: visiting friends, short fun trips, and alcohol. Also, perhaps a changing of priorities away from writing & music to videos (10 East) & crypto.

Hopefully the next 4 weeks will be better, or maybe I will need to change my checklist again to reflect new priorities.

Pain + Reflection = Progress – Ray Dalio

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Daily Habits Checklist (August 8th – September 3rd): “We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go.”

Haven’t posted much lately. I’ve been hard at work on a new media project, and I hope to have something to show you in two weeks if not sooner. But I should be writing more. Like exercise, writing has its obvious benefits, but there are many more subtle and second-order rewards as well. So I miss it, and I feel that something is missing in my bones, in the strength and fullness of my day. How to work it back in?

These past 4 weeks were good, not great. A great month would be 2-3 weeks of 80%+. Excuses include: the emergence of a new project and the arrival of a puppy. My most inconsistent habits were meditation and music. And I expect that my music habit will suffer most in the coming weeks, since it’s the hardest challenge and the easiest to find excuses not to do.

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We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it. – Rainer Maria Rilke

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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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