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Day : 2

Game Free : Yes

Hobbies/Free time fillers identified : Exercise, Learning German & Finance Course

Health/Mental Notes
Struggling a little with sleep
Wasn't as focussed on work and tasks as I would like to be, but cleared my to-do list for the first time in ages.

Plus points
Started some light calisthenics today, just 30 minutes, will keep it basic for a while to get the habit set up.
Taking a course on finance, plan on spending around 30-60 minutes on it per evening.
Taking German on Duolingo, plan on spending around 10-25 minutes on it per morning.

Potential interest ahead
Meditation
Bike restoration project(need to complete it, started a long time ago)

Things to work on
Focussing on tasks by importance
 

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Day : 3

Game Free : Yes

Health/Mental Notes
Tried a short meditation session before sleep. Improvement in sleep quality, but since it was the first night it might not be connected. Will keep meditating to see.
I'm not making the mark on getting up early enough yet, but I think that will come in time as I get used to the exercise and new lifestyle.
Building on success of yesterday with to-do list I managed the same again, clearing it off gives a tremendous feeling of accomplishment. I finished earlier than expected and had some free time to spend on household chores so now tomorrow morning I can go hiking instead of cleaning.

Plus points
Sorted to-do's by importance, tacking highest first and working down.
Did all my to-do's
Second day of doing the finance course, did a tad over an hour tonight.
 

Potential interest ahead
Bike restoration project(need to complete it, started a long time ago)
Learning German(not getting up early enough yet)

Things to work on
Waking up in time to accomplish all morning tasks.

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Day : 4

Game Free : Yes

Health/Mental Notes
Did meditation before sleep again, slept poorly so doesn't seem correlated. Might possibly just be the changes in lifestyle. Will keep meditation going as it's enjoyable.
Slept poorly, so didn't hit my morning time goal.
Decided not to go hiking, tackled the bike project which is here staring me in the face. Made some great progress on that, so will probably stick with that for now as I can use it for trips and runs to get out so long term more productive than hiking now.

Plus points
Tackled my Saturday to-do's first thing in the morning instead of leaving till last - list cleared.
Will be doing the finance course after this.
Reward for the last couple of days is a movie tonight.

Potential interest ahead
Bike restoration project - started, will integrate in new schedule to get it done.
Learning German(not getting up early enough yet)

Things to work on
Waking up in time to accomplish all morning tasks.
Set up rough schedule as I'm using tasks mainly currently.

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Day : 5

Game Free : Yes

Health/Mental Notes
Slept poorly again, I was awake quite a bit and awake at 4AM again, so got up instead of sleeping late. Quite tired today due to that, but will see how tonight goes.
Rained today, so stuck to training and bike restoration.

Plus points
All to-do's achieved.
Training on course.
Got my German lessons in this morning due to being up so early.
Had some time to catch up with admin that I hadn't planned on doing.

Potential interest ahead
Bike restoration project - integrated, long term as it depends on parts lead times in some cases.
Learning German - did first lesson this morning - need to get my waking up on schedule to make it permanent.

Things to work on
Nothing really, just the sleep issue.

As a side note, it actually struck me today how much time I spent on games. Normally while playing the day feels so short. With the amount of work I got done today in the same time, I was shocked.

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Day : 6

Game Free : Yes

Health/Mental Notes
Sleeping went marginally better. I tend to wake up around 1-2AM and then struggle to sleep. I'm going to rather get up and read for 20 minutes or so and then go back to bed than lie tossing around for 1-2 hours and see how that works.
Got up at 6AM this morning, not the 5 i'm aiming for, but still an hour+ gain over where I was, so i'm happy with the win.

Plus points
All to-do's achieved.
Training on course.
Got my German lessons in this morning(just).
I actually had a pretty good day today - the urges for gaming still come, but they phased me much less today.

Potential interest ahead
Bike restoration project - integrated, long term as it depends on parts lead times in some cases.
Learning German - ticking along still keeping here till I know I'm fully on track.

Things to work on
Started expanding on the journalling by doing personal journalling and a brief reflection of the day.
Want to start day planning in the mornings to build on the scheduling - will only be looking at this in a week or so though.

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Day : 7

Game Free : Yes

Health/Mental Notes
Sleeping is still an issue, did the reading thing and it helped with getting back to sleep.
Got up at 5:20AM this morning, still not the 5 i'm aiming for, but I'm improving which is the whole idea.

Plus points
Went hiking today - drop dead tired from it.
Got all essential to-do's done this morning, moved non-essentials to tomorrow to make room for hiking as today was a public holiday.
Training is going well

Potential interest ahead
Learning German - ticking along still keeping here till I know I'm fully on track.

Things to work on
Started expanding on the journalling by doing personal journalling and a brief reflection of the day. - sticking with this still.
Want to start day planning in the mornings to build on the scheduling - will only be looking at this in a week or so though.

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Day : 8

Game Free : Yes

Health/Mental Notes
Sleep
Got up at 5AM this morning, was tough, bed felt so damn comfortable and cosy, but managed it at last.
Still feeling a bit bushed from the hike, should be back to normal by tomorrow or so.

Plus points
Wow, what a day. This is the most productive I've been in years. I cleared not only todays to-do's but some of tomorrow and Fridays as well. Really awesome day.

Potential interest ahead
Nothing for now, my time is mostly taken up and accounted for with current activities

Things to work on
Started expanding on the journalling by doing personal journalling and a brief reflection of the day. - sticking with this still.
Want to start day planning in the mornings to build on the scheduling - will only be looking at this in a week or so though.
Building a list of triggers - for instance some music I used to listen too quite often whilst playing games will trigger a strong nostalgic desire to play. I want to minimise the exposure as much as possible until I get more entrenched in my other habits.

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6 hours ago, Xarsas said:

 

Plus points
Wow, what a day. This is the most productive I've been in years. I cleared not only todays to-do's but some of tomorrow and Fridays as well. Really awesome day.

best feeling ever! Gz!

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18 hours ago, Lobares2 said:

best feeling ever! Gz!

Thanks - and yes, It felt absolutely fantastic. I had to replan work this morning due to that though as I had done most of the planned tasks yesterday already - never ever done that before and It just made the last few days all worth the fight.

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Day : 9

Game Free : Yes

Health/Mental Notes
Sleep - Not to count my chickens, but I seem to be improving on this front now.
Managed another 5AM even though I was up an hour later than normal(have a weekly D&D session with some friends)
While I didn't feel tired this morning, I'm feeling tired earlier tonight, possible still recovering or maybe from the slightly less sleep last night.

Plus points
Thanks to the amount of work completed yesterday I had a lot less pressure on me today. I put some extra time in my learning and also took an hour off to the coffee shop for some fresh air.

Potential interest ahead
Nothing for now, my time is mostly taken up and accounted for with current activities

Things to work on
Journalling is now incorporated in my daily planning so that's done as much as I currently want to.
Want to start day planning in the mornings to build on the scheduling - will only be looking at this in a week or so though - have implemented in a rough way, will refine over time.
Building a list of triggers - for instance some music I used to listen too quite often whilst playing games will trigger a strong nostalgic desire to play. I want to minimise the exposure as much as possible until I get more entrenched in my other habits. - as a side note to this, I think as long as I plan my days properly this will probably be manageable, I'll monitor and decide accordingly as I go along.

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Day : 10-15

Game Free : Yes

Health/Mental Notes
Last Friday I had to deal with some unresolved issues related to my father who passed away earlier this year. It upset me very deeply so I took a few days off to just get myself centered again.

Plus points
I managed to cope with everything, game free. This is a major first for me. I obviously took a dive in productivity, but I'm still happy with the results. I woke up this morning and just felt ready again - weird feeling.
Having this experience showed me I have some baggage I still need to clear up, so I'm using meditation to attempt to do that, something I probably would never have done before as I would simply have "dealt" with it by gaming in every spare second so I didn't have time to think about shit.

Potential interest ahead
Furthering meditation to work through emotional baggage.

Things to work on
Want to start day planning in the mornings to build on the scheduling - will only be looking at this in a week or so though - have implemented in a rough way, will refine over time.
 

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Day : 16

Game Free : Yes

Health/Mental Notes
Today was hard for some reason. Nostalgia really bugged me and I struggled with motivation. Having a rough schedule and my to-do's saved my bacon today.

Plus points
I stuck to my to-do's and got through them.

Potential interest ahead
Furthering meditation to work through emotional baggage.

Things to work on
Want to start day planning in the mornings to build on the scheduling - will only be looking at this in a week or so though - have implemented in a rough way, will refine over time.
Socialising

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