My Personalized Productivity Guide I've always been the lazy, procrastinatory, unmotivated, distracted type. What's worked for me is setting up routines, and cutting out all distractions. Below is my target framework. Work in progress, so i don't yet consistently hit all the targets.
* 7:59am: Phone alarm (7 days a week, regardless of when i fell asleep the night before); phone kept far away so i have to stand up to turn off alarm (no snoozing). * 10 minute warmup while watching Twitch.tv. * 20 minute walk or bike ride. Shopping/errands are done here, if any. [Future: listen to podcasts at the same time.] * Shower; coffee # 1 of 2. * Very quick check of social media, emails, etc. 5 minute target. * 8:59am: Start of deep work mode. * 12:00pm: Brunch (meal # 1 of 2). * 12:59pm: Coffee # 2 of 2. Return to deep work mode, until as late as possible. * At end of deep work: post daily report. * 7:00pm: Supper (meal # 2 of 2). * 7:45pm: Automatic screen brightness reduction to minimum (f.lux or Windows 10 Task Scheduler). * 10:00pm: Start winding down in bed; 5 minute check of social media, emails, etc.; watch something productive or a movie or TV show. * 11:00pm: Read a book; either something productive, or if tired, Scifi/something fun. * 11:59pm: Asleep.
Other rules and tricks: * Headphones/earplugs to block out surrounding noise, if/when any. * Blank undistracting black background on computer and phone desktops, with the word FOCUS in the center. * Zero icons on computer desktops; minimal app icons on phone desktop. * Starting web browser tab is a Trello board, with todo lists: ASAP, Today, Tomorrow, Short-Term, Short-Term (Recurring), Long-Term, Long-Term (Recurring) * Hide all watches and clocks (auto-hide taskbar). * Keep phone notifications on but only for calls and texts. Turn off all notifications for everything else.
* No games/leisure activities until 5pm, the later the better. * No asynchronous RftG app games, realtime only. * No social activities past 10pm, unless it's something passive that helps wind down (e.g. watching a movie at home). * No alcohol unless socially with others.
twitch.tv/unsane FYI i now stream on Twitch every day at twitch.tv/unsane. Going for 370 days in a row this year. Mainly streaming Poker, Race for the Galaxy, some Path of Exile and some Agricola. Follow, come say hi, etc.! :)
Military studies have shown that someone subjected to this temperature would die after 18 seconds, though they could survive for up to nine seconds without suffering lasting damage. So in an emergency it may make sense to run through a fire, rather than flee it: at a speed of five metres per second, you could pass through 45 metres of flames before your life would be in danger.
Passengers, rather than drivers. People who react, rather than act. People who destroy, rather than create. People who consume, rather than produce. People who are static, rather than dynamic. People who think the future is out of our control, rather than that we create the future. People who don't appreciate the immensity and the priviledge of existing, i.e. the present. People who think that history is this far away separate thing, rather than so very recent and integral to their existence and reality.
What we think and give attention to become reality.
In neuroscience, the default mode network (DMN), (also default network, or default state network), is a network of interacting brain regions known to have activity highly correlated with each other and distinct from other networks in the brain.
The default mode network is most commonly shown to be active when a person is not focused on the outside world and the brain is at wakeful rest, such as during daydreaming and mind-wandering. But it is also active when the individual is thinking about others, thinking about themselves, remembering the past, and planning for the future. The network activates "by default" when a person is not involved in a task. Though the DMN was originally noticed to be deactivated in certain goal-oriented tasks and is sometimes referred to as the task-negative network, it can be active in other goal-oriented tasks such as social working memory or autobiographical tasks. The DMN has been shown to be negatively correlated with other networks in the brain such as attention networks. Thinking about others also could include guessing their thoughts, emotions, and psychological motivations.
Evidence has pointed to disruptions in the DMN with people with Alzheimer’s and autism spectrum disorder.
On ASMR (Tingles) My uneducated suspicion is that most if not all people can in fact experience ASMR. But it requires a few things:
1) It is subtle - you have to slow down, be very attentive and in the moment. Not easy for many, especially for boring or cheesy looking videos where "nothing is happening" both in the video, and to the viewer. You need patience.
2) You have to find the right trigger and ASMRtist for you. There are so many triggers and so many ASMRtists. Most triggers don't work all that well, for most people. Potentially even most ASMRtists might not work for most people. For me Dmitri is the only one i watch, but he gives me incredibly powerful ASMR. Had i never found him i might never have had ASMR trigger.
3) You typically need to be using nice big headphones, at least for your first time, which isn't always clearly explained nor intuitive nor obvious.