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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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 (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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