I know this sounds very New Year’s Resolution-y, but really everyday for me is a battle to become a better version of myself. The problem is, while I do believe I am improving in multiple aspects, I’m just not going on the pace I’d like to be. My consistency isn’t as fluid. My efforts go on a roller coaster with moments of highs and moments of lows. I need to be better.
This is my attempt for some accountability. I’ve been wanting a public “diary” blog for a while, and finally figured I’d switch my Tumblr into one. This domain has changed its purpose many times before, and since I’ve decided on my actual blog (TheBadPrince.com) to be the primary destination of my musings around the Internet as well as original postings, I might as well make this active. I still do enjoy Tumblr very much. I understand it’s not much of an original content platform, but I find it appropriate for something that completely relies on consistency, stream of consciousness, and ease of use.
So, what do I plan to be on this “diary?” A daily journal of how I’m keeping in touch with each of my current goals and priorities, in hope I can build strong momentum through a public display of vulnerability. I’ll be talking about the good and the bad. I’ll be as honest as possible. I will not be holding back and putting myself to the utmost scrutiny so i can follow my system and achieve my goals.
Hopefully I’ll look back at this post in Day#586 and be like “Wow. I’ve come a long way.”
For now, here are the things I want to improve:
1. Sleep and Rise Schedule.
Evidently broken at the moment. Granted a lot of my down time is used on gaining more knowledge (and admittedly plenty of Quora), but there really is no excuse why I should be sleeping this late. It affects my energy throughout the day, and I just could be using my mornings much better. There was one time a couple months ago when I woke up at 5AM and had breakfast, went to the gym, took a shower, and planned my entire day all before 7AM. It was magical. I want something like that again. I’ll start easy, and hopefully develop to a sleep by 10PM, and awake by 530AM schedule.
Productivity is one of my favorite things to iterate and my Achilles heel at the same time. I’ve read a ton of productivity books and am somewhat addicted to productivity and time management apps and hacks. This time, I have to let go and focus on real effectiveness. For now, I’m sticking with a suggestion from a CEO I found on Quora:
I’ve switched to using a MindMap from mindmeister.com, a Kanban board with Scrum traits using Trello.com for my short-term goals, added with the Pomodoro Technique using a Google Chrome extension called Strict Workflow (which prevents any web browsing for 25 minutes at a time).
(If there’s words that are hard to understand, refer to THIS for a complete breakdown.)
To keep track of where my time goes every 15 minute increments, I’m going to start using David Seah’s Emergent Task Planner again (and maybe buy the 3-month notebook later on). To keep track of my deadlines I use iProcrastinate. To make sure I “don’t break the chain” I have chains.cc and this Tumblr as a daily journal before I sleep.
Sounds like a lot of tools and may seem too overwhelming and unnecessary, but this is the only way I’ve found to stay on track with both keeping tab at my short and long terms goals, while having everything stored in the cloud.
I’ve generally kept healthy since living in New Jersey but I’ve declined ever since the winter started. On top of shoulder and knee pain (no presses or squats), laziness to cook, and refusing to do cardio, I’ve sidetracked a LOT.
No more of this. I have to be on point with my strength training, do slow cardio for 30 minutes every day, and MAKE SURE TO PLAN MY MEALS AHEAD OF TIME. This is where I’ve been sucking. It used to be clockwork in college, but I’ve just been trying to look for shortcuts lately. Not anymore. Only days I’m allowed to ‘cheat’ are Thursdays and Sundays (my off days). Currently doing a modified version of Mike O’Hearn’s PowerBodyBuilding, and need to get back into it so my strength numbers won’t wane. HOPEFULLY, if all goes well without injury: I get leaner with more defined muscle, stronger in the 3 major lifts, and THEN focus completely on strength.
But for the meantime, I really want to focus on my physique and athleticism, and just getting in shape overall of which DIET AND SLEEP ARE TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENTS. (Yelling so I drill it into my head).
Plenty say blogging is dead. Maybe. But I find my platform at TheBadPrince.com very valuable especially within the web industry. Proof: Besides me I maybe know less than five people who have a blog/website, and barely any who has an entirely self-operated, self-hosted blog/personal website. That’s not taking shots at anyone—not everyone needs it. But I do. It’s a medium for me to express my thoughts and ideas; and in many ways it’s my contribution to the digital world.
Except I’ve slacked off heavily these past few weeks due to pursuing career goals. I realize I shouldn’t because writing is still the foundation of my skill set, and the oldest one and most refined I have in my arsenal.
This time, I aim for twice a week original posts: Mondays and Thursdays at 9PM. And posting any valuable information I find online (just as I’ve done on this blog for the last year) and tie it in with the “unleash the artist within” motto.
I’m going to stop worrying about growth and retention rate and just focus on delivering useful and usable content for the people I know who want it. In the words of Jalen Rose, GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT!!!
My passion is really in web and mobile technologies for as long as I can remember. First website at 12, MySpace div layout custom designer at 14, multiple blogs, social strategy, advertising, digital marketing, public relations, advertising, yada yada yada.
That’s not really a lot but it’s a good enough sign that doing stuff for the Web is really what fires me up. Thus why I finally decided on really dedicating myself to Content Strategy. It balances my writing and Web prowess while propelling my anxiety-driven growth because I’m in a race against time to fulfill milestones for myself, and because technologies evolve fast. Content IS the Web. The Web IS content. Took me a while to get here, but if I was never interested in all those things before and the dreams of working for a creative agency as inspired by Mad Men, I highly doubt I would be where I am now.
Need to finish: Content Strategy for the Web by Kristina Halvorson, Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen.
User Experience Design is next (or on free days). I know coding is on the hot seat right now, but design thinking with the end user in mind is just so appealing to me and connected with practically my most sought-after interests: design, technology, psychology, etc. I’ll leave creating software for the programmers; I want to go towards refining their experiences.
Current companies I am highly interested in providing my services: Oyster Books, and Vimeo. I will update any news towards my career pursuits and advancement,
Maybe this belongs in the career part but acquiring domain knowledge is really a hobby to me—my favorite one. I no longer watch TV (only occasional Netflix) so my means of entertainment or spending free time is really burying myself in books. I’ve been reading more non-fictions lately because I’ve read SOOOO many fictions in undergrad. Time I give self-improvement, business, and psychology more attention.
Need to finish: So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport, ReWork by Jason Friedman and David Heinemeier.
So far this is it. Definitely a long post but it was good for me as well to just put in writing and concretize what I want most in my life this moment. It’s time to chase opportunities and make things happen.
PS. Shoutouts to Michael X (@StartupDay2Day) and Visakan Veerasamy (visakanv.com) who both have indirectly pushed me to finally write something like this. I will do my best to be consistent!
***Also, if there are mistakes, pardon your boy: these aren’t supposed to be perfect, but rather a quick writing sprint of honesty. If you want more quality posts, go on my website TheBadPrince.com***
If you’ve read this, join me in my journey. It will be a good one :)