Day 1426 & Back from Flu

Day 1426 Record Keeping
Day 1398 Fixed Meditation (10 min, metta/vipassana)
Day 1273 Writing (DID NOT DO)
Day 812 Rowing (DID NOT DO
Day 553 Mobility/Stretching (DID NOT DO)

Day 203 Social Media (43 min, tweets for week)

Great sleep. Had the worst flu ever for the last 2 weeks. Easing back into it. The new year has unfortunately been filled with a lot of interruptions, but that's just how the cookie crumbles I suppose.

Day 1412

Day 1412 Record Keeping
Day 1384 Fixed Meditation (10 min, gratitude/vipassana)
Day 1259 Writing (1, 20-min Pomodoro)
Day 798 Rowing (10 min/ 1900 m
Day 539 Mobility/Stretching (10 min, hip stretch & back smash)

Day 189 Social Media (Quora, 4 20-min Pomodoros)

Horrendous sleep. I really need to figure out what's going on to reset my sleep. The last two weeks have been filled with depression and severe anxiety, and that is on top of the severe jet lag and my usual inability to deal with cold weather. 

But now that I'm back at my habits things are going smoothly. I'm just getting back into the rhythm before pushing things. Lydia is also doing a 30 day strict paleo challenge (minus not paying attention to alcohol), which I'm doing too. So far it's only a week, but I feel it's going well. 

I really want to start pushing things. Yesterday I felt so good, and it was only marginally curbed by my severe lack of sleep last night. But I know that managing Endurance is particularly key in these moments. 

Yet, cross training is sneaking in. I'm cross training meditation depending on the day. Quora is a great addition to my social media habit. Even aside from social media, it's just a great way for me to organize my thoughts and explain specific points. I hope to modify those answers for my article section on this site. And I already have a mobility change-up planned. 

Day 1411 & Happy New Year!

Day 1411 Record Keeping
Day 1383 Fixed Meditation (10 min, vipassana/gratitude)
Day 1258 Writing (3, 13-min pomodoros)
Day 797 Rowing (10 min/ 1700 m
Day 538 Mobility/Stretching (10 min, hip stretch & back smash)

Day 188 Social Media (all tweets for week, 53 min)

Bad sleep. Back from a long much needed break. I attempted to push my writing to finish my proposal before the new year. I failed. I found it incredibly difficult, but, just like my previous year's NaNoWriMo win in 5 days, I found shortening my Pomodoros to 13 minutes much more efficient. It's bizarre, but I would stress out all day about doing 20 or 30 min sessions, and fail to do anything through phenomenal procrastination.

Nevertheless, 13 minutes for some reason was low enough for me to get started and almost addicting. I continued to do more and more as I got into the rhythm of 13 minute sets, often not taking a break, as Pomodoros usually call for. 

I wonder if this could be a potential method for easing into particularly difficult skill pushes...

I want to really spend more time focusing on writing, in what productivity blogger and author Cal Newport calls Deep Work. I'm now reading his book –  Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World – which I find quite fascinating.

I'll be doing a 2017 year in review shortly, as well as sharing some thoughts in parallel skill pushes. 

Day 1395 & Mobilization Partitioning, Social Media Superhabit

Day 1395 Record Keeping
Day 1367 Fixed Meditation (10 min, metta/vipassana)
Day 1242 Writing (DID NOT DO)
Day 781 Rowing (10 min/ 1900 m
Day 522 Mobility/Stretching (Research)

Day 172 Social Media (SRHI = 81, 3 pomodoros, quora - SUPERHABIT)

Good sleep. Once I got back I was attempting to partition several of my habits into different exercises depending on the day. One of the major ideas I got from finishing the book Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success was that cross training is good for accelerated skill development. But I needed time to just settle in, so I set all my habits to minimums. After getting over being sick last week, It's time to start in on doing that with mobilization, since I've basically been repeating the same few exercises each day, not at all tapping into the tomb that is Kelly Starrett's fantastic book Becoming a Supple Leopard.

Usually I'm horrible about planning to make changes outside of my routine. After I'm done, I'm usually done. This seemed like a good idea, to replace the routine with a research and planning element. So starting on Monday I'll be attempting to switch out, using Starrett's handy 14-day mobilization makeover. We'll see how it goes.

In addition, Social Media became a a superhabit by staying stable at over 80 on the SRHI for a week. I've started with Twitter, and have added answering Quora questions, which are really helpful in clearly and concisely articulating specific aspects of this project.

My goal next week is to really hit the ground running with finishing my book proposal. Like a Proposal Writing Week akin to my push for NaNoWriMo. I remember back when just getting a rough draft was difficult. I'm still finding the art of editing incredibly difficult, but luckily I've got a few Udemy courses on the subject from their recent 10 Euro sale.

Day 1394

Day 1394 Record Keeping
Day 1366 Fixed Meditation (10 min, metta)
Day 1241 Writing (1 Pomodoros)
Day 780 Rowing (10 min/ 1700 m
Day 521 Mobility/Stretching (hip stretch & back smash
Day 171 Social Media (SRHI = 81, quora)

Horrible sleep. Woke up tired and depressed. Today was a  really good example of how feeling bad didn't really impact my routine. Discipline over motivation.

Day 1380

Day 1380 Record Keeping
Day 1352 Fixed Meditation (metta/vipassana)
Day 1227 Writing (1 Pomodoro)
Day 766 Rowing (10 min/1800 m
Day 507 Mobility/Stretching (10 min, back smash & hip stretch
Day 157 Social Media (SRHI = 78, 43 min, tweets for week)

Ok sleep. Severely depressed and anxious today. Been a rough week with that, but I'm still automatically doing all routine with high degrees of intensity (even if it's not necessarily a lot of minutes put in).

Day 1379

Day 1379 Record Keeping
Day 1351 Fixed Meditation (metta/vipassana)
Day 1226 Writing (1 Pomodoro)
Day 765 Rowing (10 min/2000 m
Day 506 Mobility/Stretching (10 min, back smash
Day 156 Social Media (SRHI = 78, 20 min, blog post draft)

Ok sleep, bad dreams.  I had a horrible night sleep, bad dreams, and had a horrible wakeup which made me cycle into really bad, depressed, anxious thoughts for the entirety of the day. Nevertheless, I did it all!

Day 1374

Day 1374 Record Keeping
Day 1346 Fixed Meditation (DID NOT DO)
Day 1221 Writing (1 Pomodoro)
Day 760 Rowing (10 min/1700 m
Day 501 Mobility/Stretching (10 min, achilles work
Day 151 Social Media (SRHI = 81, 20 min, twitter research)

Good sleep. Been having a surprisingly good run of good sleep. My sleep cycle is all off from the travel, but it's pretty regular and deep, roughly 8 hours long, so not excessive. I've also been meditating as I go to sleep, so maybe that's had an impact. Did not have time to finish my routine with meditation today because I ran into a social plan.  I'm really pleased how well this week has gone once I finally formalized dropping to minimums at confronting wobbly habits. Social Media has seems to almost be at a super habit, which is great. 

Day 1371

Day 1371 Record Keeping
Day 1343 Fixed Meditation (10 min, metta/vipassana/tantra)
Day 1218 Writing (1 Pomodoro)
Day 757 Rowing (10 min/1400 m
Day 498 Mobility/Stretching (10 min, back smash
Day 148 Social Media (SRHI = 77, 20 min, Quora answer)

Good sleep. My habits have been all over the place. Since coming back I've been trying to just jump into growing my habits from where they were before my extensive travels. It has resulted in a bunch of missed instances, so I'm going to take Lydia's advice and start at very lowered minimums to get my routine down for a week or two. Yesterday I didn't do anything and I think my mind was just giving up at doing higher daily minimums. Today worked well at lowered minimums.

Day 1364

Day 1364 Record Keeping
Day 1336 Fixed Meditation (metta)
Day 1211 Writing (3 Pomodoro)
Day 750 Rowing
(DID NOT DO, sore)
Day 491 Mobility/Stretching (DID NOT DO
Day 141 Social Media (tweets)

Ok sleep. Still having problems getting everything done. I just feel really unfocused these days.