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JustTom

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    Octsober Country - Let's do this

    Try me. How much? 😄 Looks like you know what to do then, good luck! EDIT: Damnit this reminded me of some old ideas I had for some weird-ass games myself and now I can't stop thinking about it haha.
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    Octsober Country - Let's do this

    Some brainstorming on your board game store: Contact local geek stores, look for communities -> organize play-testing sessions, bribe them with free beer or something Set a concrete goal on finalizing your game Create social media presence instagram, facebook, twitter especially - the content can be just slightly adjusted versions of the same piece to suit the platform Post about your play-testing sessions, pictures, stories, mini-interviews with players, store owners, geek culture, what have you post about other board games, connect with the industry, why not - articles, opinions, pictures, news, whatever find board game enthusiasts/influencers, send them your game for free, perhaps let them affiliate if it's possible for you look for relevant hashtags, engage in the discussions in the comments, make sure when they click on your profile it leads them directly where you want to focus on growing and engaging, not selling think later down the line how to leverage the brand -> bird branded accessories (e.g dice) improve the webpage (a google form?? t.t )
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    JustTom's Journal 3

    Still stuck at the moment and don't want to ramble yet, I'm just opening the thread so that I can post every day even if it's 100% failure reports. I've got the last exam on monday which, if I fail, I will have to re-take the whole course in November sooooo let's not do that yeah? So far it looks very likely, but eh, I've gotten lucky before so I'll give it a shot. I'd love to type in here a comprehensive plan and start a detox counter but I would just be lying to everyone here. Hopefully I'll pull myself up soon. EDIT: Even though I did go to the uni, I wasn't able to focus at all, I was sleep deprived, my thoughts are flying around, there is a ton of self-hate and on top of that, it feels like my brain is not used to thinking - I literally feel dumb. Communication is at a 0, I pretty much looked exactly how I felt - I'm a mess. I think I studied 2 hours total.
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    JustTom's Journal 3

    Day 11 | Focus: 60% | Pomodoros: 27 Crushed it again! Mediocre focus, but I'm happy that I'm able to push myself, get up in the morning and go to work. I've been sacrificing all social life as well as working out this week - I really just wanted to put in serious hours. This weekend I will go to a housewarming party, work out in the morning both days and perhaps finalize my investing research and buy. I've more or less figured out my complex tax situation and opened a brokerage account, so I'm very happy about that. I don't want to spend hustle hours on that anymore, it's time to get back to roots, time to get back to 100% ROI potential, time to get back to e-commerce WOO! I will shift my morning routine by an hour as well so that I will get to my desired schedule by the end of the month. The ideal schedule would allow me to work 40 hours on my thesis, go to the gym 3 times, go out 3 times(short-ish), do chores and shopping once and still leave me with 18 hours of side hustle time. If I can keep up my momentum throughout this weekend, I am confident I will reach this amount of discipline and practical motivation and finally WIN!
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    JustTom's Journal 3

    Day 10 | Focus: 70% | Pomodoros: 25 The hustle continues. Felt a lot better than yesterday, mostly because I had fixed the bug and could focus on different tasks. The project is still looking quite desperate, but at least it's now enjoyable to work on. I also picked a laptop to buy. It's gonna be pretty sweet I have to say haha. Hm... I guess I'm a phase where I don't write a lot huh.
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    JustTom's Journal 3

    Day 9 | Focus: 45% | Pomodoros: 16 I overslept today 😮 I've been running on very little sleep for the past 2-3 days, and today is not going to be an exception, though I slept a lot during the day, so I hope that balances out. The thesis is going bad, I have to buy a new laptop and I can't find the time to go out or go to the gym. I've also been fixing the weirdest bug I've ever seen in my life. For 12 hours. I really hope I can stay disciplined throughout the next weekend so that I can knock off some of the todo-list entries. Thanks!
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    Journey to my white coat

    I really wonder what made you convert? I honestly can't imagine it, since I've gone from religious to non-religious. And the religious teachings I had during high-school were, I think, very progressive, didn't go against science, and upheld the traditional christian values at the same time. Though I don't share the hyper-logical view of the world that atheists have, even THAT was something that I couldn't identify with after digging deep enough.
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    Octsober Country - Let's do this

    Awesome! Are you making decent money out of it? Is it growing? P.s when I clicked on store, I couldn't buy anything and the message was very confusing, not sure what happened there(on android)
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    JustTom's Journal 3

    Day 8 | Focus: 90% | Pomodoros: 28 Too tired to even write. Been fixing a dumb bug for literally 6 hours. Then I thought I would reward myself by opening a brokerage account at Degiro, but because I'm an expat student intern, I don't really know my tax residence, so will have to consult this with someone. Darn. I stayed at the office until 3am. Way too long. But oh well, tomorrow I'll go home sooner and get some sleep.
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    JustTom's Journal 3

    Day 7 | Focus: 60% | Pomodoros: 12 Did what I could today but once again linux decided to make my life a living hell. Then we had an escape room as teambuilding and dinner afterwards, it was nice but it took an entire half of the day. From 5 to 11. That was way too much time spent. Also, I'm starting to feel allergy coming up... my lifelong curse returns to ruin the best periods of my life again, yipee.
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    What did you do to stop yourself?

    Just here to make this tiny point: Your accounts are worth much less guys 😄 Assuming the sum you give here is the amount of money you put into it. Since selling an account is against the TOS of steam and therefore has to be done through shady internet forums and the value of games goes down over time and the fact that you can't sell the games individually, the market price of your accounts would be significantly lower. You're not losing out on much, if it makes you feel better haha.
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    Octsober Country - Let's do this

    Welcome back! What's your business, if you don't mind me asking? Curious about people's dreams.
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    Begin again

    Whatever you want to do. Just make sure to draw a line between what you think is right and not right for you, and what other people think about you. The latter is 99% useless.
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    Begin again

    Wait, professionals actually told you to shove the writing up your ass? What the hell? 😄 Honestly, I would take it as a challenge. Transform the negative energy of whatever form you have, into anger, motivation and desire to prove them wrong. Haters gonna hate. Winners don't give a shit and keep improving.
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    JustTom's Journal 3

    Day 4 | Focus: 85% | Pomodoros: 18 + gym Totally crushed it. I'm writing this in kind of a hurry because I'm already in the office, starting the day late, but want to do as much as possible, so I'll be brief. Day 5 | Focus: 0% | Pomodoros: 0 + gym + chores Slept through the whole day. Not sure why, but I'm not thinking too much about it. Weekends are hard. Visible improvement is happening. Day 6 | Focus: 35% | Pomodoros: 14 I watched the sc2 GSL finals today, it started at 10 in the morning and during the final game I just fell asleep on my couch. So I finally mobilized myself at around 5pm and started the day. Better late than never, I'll squeeze in as much productivity in these few evening hours as I can. Arrived at the office at ±6pm. It's already a thousand times better than last weekend, ha! Big progress, I think I will have a lot of momentum coming into the next week.
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    JustTom's Journal 3

    Day 3 | Focus: 85% | Pomodoros: 26 I'm starting to put in some real hours finally. Even though I come late, I stay late to push through as well. Unfortunately, results always lag behind performance, but still, things are getting better at my internship. I went to grab some cheese from the kitchen on an upper floor and randomly walked into the middle of a linkedin workshop, so I stayed. It was surprisingly good, but by far the best part was the "networking activity", where we would be forced to talk and get to each other in a certain, simple, structure. Got to know 4 interesting people, one of them luckily being a person who has successfully started and operated multiple e-commerce businesses and now does seminars and coaches people about marketing and sales in the digital sphere lmao. We chatted and drank some free beers, too bad I don't have much more value to offer than enthusiasm and good mood, but hey. Turns out he works in the same building as me(co-working space), so I'll try to stay in touch. I got super hyped by this. I never really 'networked' before, but today I understood it's really just a numbers game - you try to meet a lot of people and you will eventually find the one you need to partner up. Thesis first though. *sigh* Forgot about this guy, but I'll try to keep in mind that when I feel like watching dumb videos and not be productive, I'll put some of his vids instead. I found it quite motivating in the past, plus being very educational as well. And I can also watch it just for fun, somehow: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWN3xxRkmTPmbKwht9FuE5A/videos . ✔️ Morning Ritual (short) ✔️Evening Preparation ✔️Locked away the laptop
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    Dear Diary...

    I'm a very similar boat, I hate what I'm doing and I don't even want to be in the field anymore. Honestly, if I were you, I'd just quit my job and do something that I'm passionate about for a few months, even if I sucked at doing it. If you have the money to survive. If not, maybe take a part-time job instead. That's the first thing I will do after I finish my master thesis - do something completely different. Maybe travel first. Maybe do music. Maybe go full-on business mode. Whatever I will feel like. What's there to lose? Your arbitrary position in a corporation ladder? You don't like doing it anyway so why care. Fuck em. Anyways I wanted to reply to you regarding girls a long time ago but then I got into gaming again and didn't visit the forums for a while, so now I forgot what the whole issue was about haha. Oh well, good luck. Also, watch the movie "American Beauty" if you haven't already. Seriously, you won't regret it. Ps. that video hit home pretty hard. I'm just finishing this shitty degree up in a few months so that I fulfill my promise to myself and my dad. After that it's passion-city.
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    Journey to my white coat

    Do you know Sam Harris by the way? I think you should consider his view on religion, and Christianity in particular. I was raised catholic, but a very modern and reasonable version(to the extent that it's possible) and remained religious until I was about 18 despite my parents falling off of the religion a bit. And throughout my life, I've more or less converged to his opinion.
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    Begin again

    This is very important. We cannot control everything external happening to us, but we can decide how we want to react to it. This is why some people can be perfectly happy in horrible conditions(poverty, prison, bad health), and others can be suicidal even though they have everything they could want(Robbie Williams of all people, for example, committed suicide). With regards to Leo Gura's videos: It's important to realize that a piece of content can be useful to some people, while not as much to others. People find themselves in different situations and mindsets and need different strategies and view points to go forward. Taking his channel specifically, the videos from 5+ years are radically different than current ones and most of the new ones don't really resonate with me at this time, but probably will resonate with me once I achieve some of my immediate goals and get into spirituality and so on. Perspective is everything.
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    JustTom's Journal 3

    Day 2 | Focus: 70% | Pomodoros: 28 Started at 11:30, feeling pretty good, the thesis project is looking as desperate as ever, but I will do my best. One advantage of literally not having a personal computer is that I can't relapse even if I wanted to haha. Put in more than 12 hours today(including lunch). Skipping gym to stay in the office and work tomorrow as well. Hopefuly I'll get some results. If not then... at least I'll have free time to start my business LOL. We'll see.
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    JustTom's Journal 3

    Day 1 | Focus:??? | Pomodoros:??? Weekend still remains a failure point. Saturday was so-so and got a litttle bit done, but I stayed up late and didn't prepare properly in the evening. Sunday was then an easy oversleep->relapse pattern again. I only played a few hours, but enough for me to stay up late again, not prepare at all and not show up to my internship on monday. So I'm resetting sleep schedule by staying up 24 hours. Also, my laptop died, need to go to the repair, unlucky. If it's non-fixable, I think I should get a mac. Either way, last friday I gave myself this week to decide if I want to quit the job or continue, and I've already failed to show up on monday sooooo yeah not a goodstart lmao. Then there is all of the content that I listen to, telling me to follow my passion instead of my parent's and friends' goals. Heh. Spent most of the day waiting for thr laptop repair only for the to tell me it's going to take the whole week, so I spent the rest of the day setting up a temporary replacement pc at the office. Oh well. Did what I could.
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    Jay's Epic Journey

    Get tea instead. Consider honey instead of sugar, so good.
  23. Actually, I got one more reason. I want to finish the detox and quit so that I can show that it's possible even for a hard case, and then to help people in trouble do the same thing.
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    JustTom's Journal 3

    Day 6 | Focus: 35% | Pomodoros: 13 I've spent 5hours doing nothing. Literally just laying around my room, without my laptop, and browsing the internet from my phone. God fucking damnit fuck shit fuck. It's the evening now already, but I'm going to the grocery store, getting some food and then get my laptop to do at least a few hours of hustle. Seriously. Right after I press the send button. Let's go. Going home now WITH the laptop because I will actually need it tomorrow, but I will not even open it before tomorrow morning. There's only 9 more articles to read, then I'll analyze at least 2 cashflow statements from companies I'm interested in and after I have all my remaining questions answered, I'll put in real money. Then I will dedicate the rest of my free hours to e-commerce. ❌ Morning Ritual (short)✔️ In bed without devices(sunday) Locked away the laptop
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    JustTom's Journal 3

    Day 4 | Focus: 20% | Pomodoros: 12 Overslept and got up at ~15 because the evening before I fell asleep without properly setting myself up for success. I fell asleep while watching the GSL semi-finals, which was pretty boring anyways, but this situation caused me to not have water prepared, the curtains were closed so no light was coming in, I somehow set up a basic alarm while falling asleep, but that's not nearly enough for me and most importantly, I didn't get my mind in the right place to start the next day. If I go to sleep in an unconscious state, I will still be in an unconscious state the next day. That's how I've operated so far. But, there is a positive side to this day - once I got up, I executed my shortened routine and went to the office, stayed there until 10. Didn't get shit done, but still better than staying home and perpetuating the unconscious state. If I had my laptop with me I might have relapsed. This trick is the money. ✔️ Morning Ritual (short)In bed without devices✔️ Locked away the laptop Day 5 | Focus: 60% | Pomodoros: 16 + gym Bouncing back. I got up in time to execute my full ritual, but instead, I laid on the couch with my phone for 40 minutes, so I only did the short one and went to the office. In the evening I had a meeting with my supervisor and the CTO, where they essentially told me that I suck and gave me one more chance to get my productivity up. So we'll see next friday. The technical details we were discussing made me realize one thing: I really didn't *get* what software engineering is about. It's about plowing through hell and doing whatever it takes to GET SHIT DONE. It's about taking some shitty, buggy code, biting your teeth and making a hack-around to get that shit working, because it's still better than doing it from scratch. Maybe the university spoiled me with nicely prepared code templates to fill in or 50-200 classmates doing more-or-less the same thing so that the bugs in the setup get fixed by the power of community - this is a research master afterall, focused on the logic and not application, but that's not the real world. In the real world, you just have to shut the fuck up and do whatever it takes to get to the end result. No matter how much you'd like to just work in your main.py using the Dracula theme in Pycharm and a nicely-setup VIM-editor scheme, you will have to plow through shit. It's down and dirty and excuses are only there for losers. This made my conviction that I don't want to be an engineer even stronger, but it also emotionally pushed me to just shut the fuck up and do the work. Or quit. But I still want to finish this one last thing. In the future, some IT skills of mine will be utilized for sure. And although my first business ventures after my graduation will be non-IT, I have to adopt this mentality. ✔️ Morning Ritual (short)✔️ In bed without devices✔️ Locked away the laptop
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