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Mar. 24th, 2007

10:29 pm - Everyday Systems

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I used to like Steve Pavlina's blog. For example, I found How to Become An Early Riser to be quite useful. And there are still a number of good articles in his archives. However, more and more of his blog posts seems to be devoted to new-age, pseudo-scientific crap.

Subsequently, I've found Reinhard Engels and Seth Roberts post the about the same kinds of interesting self-experiments that Steve Pavlina used to blog about, without the crap. Both blogs are highly recommended if you're interested in experimental self-help.

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From:radiantsun
Date:March 25th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
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Awesome, thanks! I have stopped reading Pavlina as often, except to look at older entries.
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From:crasch
Date:March 26th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
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You're welcome!
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From:deepdowntruth
Date:March 25th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
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Going through this list from his series on self-discipline makes me want to kill myself.

* Do you shower/bathe every day?
* Do you get up at the same time every morning? Including weekends?
* Are you overweight?
* Do you have any addictions (caffeine, nicotine, sugar, etc.) you’d like to break but haven’t?
* Is your email inbox empty right now?
* Is your office neat and well organized?
* Is your home neat and well organized?
* How much time do you waste in a typical day? On a weekend?
* If you make a promise to someone, what’s the percentage chance you’ll keep it?
* If you make a promise to yourself, what’s the percentage chance you’ll keep it?
* Could you fast for one day?
* How well organized is your computer’s hard drive?
* How often do you exercise?
* What’s the greatest physical challenge you’ve ever faced, and how long ago was it?
* How many hours of focused work do you complete in a typical workday?
* How many items on your to do list are older than 90 days?
* Do you have clear, written goals? Do you have written plans to achieve them?
* If you lost your job, how much time would you spend each day looking for a new one, and how long would you maintain that level of effort?
* How much TV do you currently watch? Could you give up TV for 30 days?
* How do you look right now? What does your appearance say about your level of discipline (clothes, grooming, etc)?
* Do you primarily select foods to eat based on health considerations or on taste/satiety?
* When was the last time you consciously adopted a positive new habit? Discontinued a bad habit?
* Are you in debt? Do you consider this debt an investment or a mistake?
* Did you decide in advance to be reading this blog right now, or did it just happen?
* Can you tell me what you’ll be doing tomorrow? Next weekend?
* On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your overall level of self-discipline?
* What more could you accomplish if you could answer that last question with a 9 or 10?
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From:crasch
Date:March 26th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
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Heh. Well, the first step in sales is to identify and/or create a perceived need... : >

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From:kindofstrange
Date:March 25th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Early rising can kiss my ass. My most creative hours are between 2-4am and I am far too in love with dreaming to sacrifice many of my sleep in hours.
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From:crasch
Date:March 26th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
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Oh, I concur. Left to my own devices, my sleep schedule shifts to 3:00 a.m. to 12:00. But work sometimes requires an earlier wake-up call.
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From:resipisco
Date:March 26th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
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If "How to Become An Early Riser" interests you, you should read the 10th and 11th paragraphs of this post and my comment later down the page (friends-locked).

Also, once I post it in the next week, listen to the audio of a talk I gave yesterday on how to nap and sleep (and why polyphasic sleep is bad for you).
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From:crasch
Date:April 17th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:papertygre
Date:April 30th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
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One that I found recently that seems sort of decent: http://www.goalstoaction.com/blog/
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From:crasch
Date:May 1st, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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