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  1. Day 1/120 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
    Pomodorro Lvl 2 (56/100)
    Sleep before midnight x0 (longest streak: 4)
    Spiritual Routine: 1/7

    Sleep: 3:00am - 7:05am, 7:45am - 12:45pm

    Yesterday was better. Went to bed late mostly because I was working. Once I realized I'm no longer being productive, I wrapped up and went to bed.

    Hopefully today I can get back to sleep before midnight...

  2. 9 hours ago, JustTom said:

    Yeah if you go to "Account Protection" tab, you can set it up so that it requires a password to disable or uninstall. If you want, I can keep your password for you so that you don't have access unless you ask me ?

    Yeah, I'm down man. How would you keep my password tho? Should I just type a random string, message it to you, and delete my message?

  3. Day 0/120 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
    Pomodorro Lvl 2 (48/100)
    Sleep before midnight x0 (longest streak: 4)
    Spiritual Routine: 0/7

    Sleep: 6:45am - 12:45pm

    Gah! I hate you, Netflix. Gonna try this BlockSite extension @JustTom recommended. If not, might need to do some more hardcore blocking, but I'm hoping this will just serve as a reminder not to watch crap.

    EDIT: Just got the extension... it seems that you can just toggle it off? Is there a way make that more difficult?

  4. 3 hours ago, JustTom said:

    Awesome! Online courses can be a fantastic "set it and forget it" way to generate income, from what I hear(if you put it on an established online course platform). 

    True, although I'm going to try to use a white label platform and be active in continuously developing the course over time. The audience is huge, I don't think it'll be possible to exhaust it, as long as I continue to be active in content production, etc.

    3 hours ago, JustTom said:

    By the way, the BlockSite extension just released an update that lets you protect yourself from disabling the extension and from accessing the chrome/mozilla extension settings tab with a password so you can't even uninstall it lol. You can also set-up an e-mail where the password can be recovered or a notification in case the user tries to uninstall it (although I don't even know how that's possible right now). 

    Nice! Thanks. Maybe I should do that for Netflix & YT...

  5. 1 minute ago, JustTom said:

    Uuu! What's the business idea? Or at least the area or the goals, if you don't want to disclose too much this early ?


    An online course. It's a niche with tons of interest and only one decent (but super expensive) course to serve it. It's not a simple 5 videos course though, I'd need to record quite a lot of material + all the marketing content. So it's a lot of upfront work, plus I'm completely clueless in the legal & tax department, so I have to spend on that as well.

    So I'm going to try to get all my marketing content done by new year, launch the company and marketing in Jan, work on recording key lessons (that I've already outlined) and sell a "beta" course to test the waters, then finish the course and hopefully scale up the marketing once it's been optimized. It's a lot of work and I don't get paid properly until it's in full swing, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to meet my deadlines. But let's see.

    If it works well over the next couple of years, I have a lot of other idea for how to diversify the income.

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  6. Day 5/120 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
    Pomodorro Lvl 2 (42/100)
    Sleep before midnight x0 (longest streak: 4)
    Spiritual Routine: 4/7

    Sleep: 1:20am-7:05am, 2pm-4pm

    I ended up not napping during the day yesterday, which made me really tired towards the evening. And you know how being tired affects decision-making. I stayed up late for absolutely no reason.

    At least I got a ton of work done.

  7. Day 4/120 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
    Pomodorro Lvl 2 (40/100)
    Sleep before midnight x2 (longest streak: 4)
    Spiritual Routine: 3/7

    Sleep: 12:35am-7:05am

    Staying up two days ago did help me reset the schedule... but for some reason I couldn't sleep at night despite the exhaustion and only fell asleep around 3:30am, despite going to bed at 12. Last night was bad too, I woke up maybe 4 times during the night. Still, feeling a lot more rested today, will take a nap again in a few hours, so hopefully this will be a productive day. My body is probably just confused by my going to sleep earlier than I'm used to. Might take a few days to adjust.

    And yeah, I was late to bed by 35 minutes last night, but that was out of my control. I stopped working at 11 sharp, so I'm counting it as an early sleep day, partially just to give myself some momentum.

    My productivity isn't as great as it was last week, but I'd say it's at about 80%. It's definitely hella better than when I was hardcore gaming or binging Netflix shows. And I'm now on day 60 of no games! So a lot to be thankful for.

    Videos are still a problem... not that I binge watch or stay up late, but I do watch stuff on occasion. I don't generally watch "random" stuff, I end up reading something online and wanting to watch a video about it. And I started reading news websites again and they also have some videos, so I occasionally watch those. Gah, I hate the news. And it looks I'm replacing my video habits with reading news. As much as I hate it, it's probably a healthier habit than video, so one thing at a time. 

    Oh and one more piece of good news: I've been taking ~25 minutes a day to work on my business idea. It's not a lot, but it's actually yielding some results, which is a welcome change. My goal right now is to try to finish up marketing materials before the new year. That was I can actually register the business in 2019 (to avoid doing taxes for 2018), build the website, launch a beta of my product, and then plugin the ready marketing. It's still a ton of work. I've dropped the ball a lot of times (I started working on this idea at the beginning of this year and was hoping to launch in the summer originally), likely I'll drop it again. But the feeling of actually working towards it is good. I've spent my life daydreaming about stuff I'd do in the future. I've started projects many a time, but I never finished any of them. Actually accomplishing something would be a gigantic milestone in my life, even if the business idea itself fails.

    Anyway, my job is to try. God is the One who grants success (or doesn't). I'm OK with either, as long as I don't stop trying

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  8. Day 2/120 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
    Pomodorro Lvl 2 (25/100)
    Sleep before midnight x0 (longest streak: 4)
    Spiritual Routine: 1/7

    Sleep: 1:30-7:00am

    Better, although I had some "life admin" tasks (like booking flights and hotels and the like) that I had to do that ended up taking up half my day. But once again, no videos and fairly productive.

    Went to bed late still yesterday and talked in bed with my wife for a while too, so I'm pretty exhausted. Hopefully staying up today will help me get back to my early-to-bed schedule.

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  9. 15 hours ago, JustTom said:

    To me, a master degree in stem cells sounds much more badass than a medschool graduate ?

    Trust a guy who worked with stem cells for a living: medschool grads make a ton more money.

    That's the problem with research (at least in the US): it's fun, but you get paid crap. An engineer with a B.Sc. from a good university makes more money than a Ph.D. in biology does in research.

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  10. Nice man. I get why you're doing a journal here - I'm hoping to keep my journal going even after I succeed completely detoxing off of games and entertainment, because I don't know of another community like this.

    It's interesting, I have similar goals in terms of wealth, health, etc (love Elon... although Tai not so much lol), but I'm 30. So man, you're way ahead of the curve. Good for you! Hope this project works out well!

  11. Day 1/120 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
    Pomodorro Lvl 2 (20/100)
    Sleep before midnight x0 (longest streak: 4)
    Spiritual Routine: 0/7

    Sleep: 1:30-7:00am, 7:45-11:45am

    Back on track (almost), although I didn't get to bed on time. Pushed too much stuff off until close to bedtime because I was trying to squeeze enough work in. But no videos!

    Also, got an email that my Steam account is deleted. $500 worth of games gone (couldn't sell it because it's against their terms of use, plus most of my games are actually old, so they weren't worth that much). It's been 57 days since I last gamed and aside from an occasional pang of a craving, I don't really miss them. I'm definitely still struggling with YouTube, TV shows, etc, but I'm hopeful that gaming is behind me. Of course, I still gotta be careful about triggers: once an addict, always an addict.

    My spiritual routine isn't completely broken, by the way. I've maintained reading Qur'an in the mornings, it's the evening part that I've been missing out on. I leave it until too late and then I'm sleep and I just go to bed.

    On 10/8/2018 at 1:17 PM, Robin said:

    That's amazing man. I don't think there is a downside in what you did for the man. I'm not religious, but I do believe in karma and what you did will come back in the future.

    Thanks, man. Yeah, I don't mind overall. I'm back on track today, so it was just a small hiccup for me, but hopefully it was a big help for him.

  12. 2 hours ago, JustTom said:

    I am quite predictable, if I don't post here for 3+ days, It's very likely I'm gaming again. I don't know why I keep repeating the same pattern of giving up, then fighting back, working hard, relaxing after the deadline and giving up again. Like an endless nightmare.

    I uninstalled XCOM again, deleted the week-old travian account and got my ass to the uni again after gaming for 2 more days. Hopefully, I can come back successfully and maybe even pass both courses. I would say that I'm fucked now, but after I managed to make it the last time, I have some hope for this situation. 

    I really want to change guys. I still have sooo much potential it's crazy. If I could just stop killing my brain off for a week every two weeks that would be great.

    Ugh I hate travian... it starts off with a bit of playing here and there but once you really get started, suddenly you're spending hours upon hours on that thing.

    Do you think trying to do the video detox at the same time was a bit demoralizing for you? I know I'm more likely to relapse if my detox counter isn't high. Maybe try detoxing from games and game videos only, not all video material at first?

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  13. Day 0/120 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
    Pomodorro Lvl 2 (15/100)
    Sleep before midnight x0 (longest streak: 4)
    Spiritual Routine: 0/7

    Sleep: 1:30-7:00am, 7:30-11:00am

    I had a hiccup over the last couple of days. That day of my last post, I found out my Qur'an teacher's wife is in the hospital. He's a sweet old man who spends his day teaching the Qur'an and nothing else, he's dirt poor but doesn't mind. The problem is that public health insurance here sucks - it only covers about 50% and you still have to pay the full sum up front and you get the money back later. And the hospitalization cost was what he makes in a year.

    Thankfully, this is a "developing" country and for a Westerner, the cost isn't all that much. I posted about it on Facebook, some friends of mine who know the teacher shared, and we raised the full amount (and more) overnight. I was able to give him the cash the next day. Gotta love Muslims and their generosity (average donation was $80 and somebody sent $500... and vast majority of donors don't know my teacher and don't live in this country).

    So overall great news, but the downside for me personally was that I stayed up late handling this fundraising stuff, woke up early to give the teacher the money, and was super tired... and you know what happens when you're tired. I totally relapsed, rewatched a favorite TV show of mine, stayed up late. That Khabib vs McGregor fight didn't help, although I didn't watch it live at least (very happy that McGregor got his butt handed to him after all the vile crap that he said to Khabib... also, who the hell tries to pull that with a Dagestani?).

    Anyway, hoping that today will go better. I went to bed late, but not crazy late, got decent rest, and I feel like I can get back on the horse. So let's hope this was just a short blip. I got 3 more weeks until I'm traveling again and that's probably going to mess up my routine, so it'd be great if I squeezed everything I can from the next 21 days.

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  14. Day 4/120 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
    Pomodorro Lvl 2 (12/100)
    Sleep before midnight x4 (longest streak: 3)
    Spiritual Routine: 4/7

    Sleep: 12:20-4:30am, 5:30-10:30am

    Yesterday was a bit messed up. I watched some videos at the beginning of the day because this stupid song from a video was stuck in my head on repeat for the last week and I thought that maybe listening to it would help get rid of it. No chance, not making that mistake again. I still had a productive day, got a lot of stuff done. I've been putting in a lot of work hours - feels pretty good!

    Went to bed a bit late because wife is dealing with some stuff and she wanted to talk about it. She was up late and I randomly woke up at night to use the washroom and we talked some more. Hence my weird sleep routine last night.

    Today's probably not going to be a 100% day, but I'm going to try to make the best of it. 

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  15. Day 3/120 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
    Pomodorro Lvl 2 (7/100)
    Sleep before midnight x3 (longest streak: 3)
    Spiritual Routine: 3/7

    Sleep: 12:10am - 6:50am, 1-3pm

    Another awesome day, super productive. So far all 3 days I've wasted a lot of time right after my nap, not sure what that's about. I gotta figure out some kind of habit that'll get me back into productivity after waking up.

    I also remember that I did manage to have about 2 weeks like this half a year ago and I remember being on this high where I thought that I cracked the code and that I'll super productive like this for the rest of my life... and then I relapsed on games hard. So I'm also kinda nervous about losing this awesome track record. I think the key is to monitor my energy levels... if I find that I'm getting too tired, I need to rest more. I'm pretty sure last time I just wore myself out.

    Anyway, so far going well, but I just have this anxiety in the back of my mind about losing this productivity streak. Hopefully this time it's different, since I think one of the main reasons I'm doing a lot better is that my wife's in the same room as me and this forces me to be semi-productive at minimum.

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  16. Day 2/120 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
    Pomodorro Lvl 2 (0/100)
    Sleep before midnight x2 (longest streak: 3)
    Spiritual Routine: 2/7

    Sleep: 12:00am - 6:45am, 12:40pm - 2:05pm

    Another good, productive day, and I was in bed at 12:00 sharp. I know it's not perfect - I should be sleeping at 11, but one thing at a time. I'll continue my long naps during the day - I'll definitely need them, especially since my body's not used to sleeping this early and it takes me time to fall asleep and I wake up in the middle of the night on occasion.

    I got 6 work hours in today, plus other productive stuff, which is really what my goal has been. I'd like to be able to fit workouts and a few other things, but for the time being this is good. If I can keep this up, I'll be able to take a weekend day off (or at least work less), which I think I need. My desk is a mess and it'd be nice to clean it, plus I need to do a bunch of other stuff like get a haircut, file some belated taxes, etc.

    Finally crossed the 100 pomodorros line today, will start today at a new level. I kinda wanted to move slowly & incrementally to 21 mins work, 9 mins rest, but my app does work in 5 minute segments. So I guess I'll be doing 25-10 for now.

  17. 6 hours ago, Xiryts said:

    Y are you counting to 120 tho isn't it 90 : /

    90's a suggestion. I've already done a 90-day gaming detox. Cam talks about increasing number of detox days and decreasing number of relapse days, so 120 is part of that "stretch" to go even longer without consuming crap.

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  18. Day 1/120 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
    Pomodorro Lvl 1 (98/100)
    Sleep before midnight x1 (longest streak: 3)
    Spiritual Routine: 1/7

    Sleep: 12:10am - 7:00am, 12:30pm-3pm

    I'm back on the horse! Great day yesterday - woke up late, but got a good amount of productive hours in, didn't watch videos, and went to sleep at midnight. Yes, it was slightly after 12, but I'm struggling with this habit so I'm going to count it to give myself some momentum.

    I'll probably take a nap later in the day, 7 hours isn't enough for me (and I didn't fall asleep probably until closer to 1am). EDIT: yeah, that was a bit of a longer nap than planned. Felt good though!

    15 hours ago, JustTom said:

    Maybe not right off the get-go, but it is 100% possible to set up. What the router block does is it blocks incoming packets coming from a certain IP address. So even if the IP address that is communicating with the phone app is different than the one communicating with your browser netflix, there is one and it can be blocked. I haven't looked if there is an easy way to do this, but theoretically, it's possible. 

    Makes sense. I might give it a try in the next few days.

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  19. On 9/30/2018 at 8:43 PM, Deku said:

    And the SF Biofreeze is the marathon I'm training for right now. 20,000 runners, getting to run through the neighborhoods and famous spots of San Francisco, should be a good time.

    That sounds amazing. SF is gorgeous... been to the Bay Area once, totally fell in love with it.

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