Matt C, on "Conceding Defeat – The Internet is Stronger Than I Am" -
When I’m at my best, video games are not that interesting. But at my baseline, I enjoy these kind of escapes. I feel a little guilty about it–I’d like to be high energy, high engagement all the time–but I’ve more or less accepted that I’m 3/4 take it easy and 1/4 let’s get to it. Maybe in time I’ll nudge those numbers a bit more, but it ain’t gonna happen all at once.
Merry Christmas to you too, Matt.
Fascinating stuff. Yes, I've had a similar experience - when I'm firing all on cylinders, distraction of any sort seems rather unappealing. I like the idea of nudging the numbers slowly - I think that's generally the path to success. Cheers for the smart comment.
I'm afraid it is real, yes. It was in several newspapers (online). I first read about it in a German one: http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/testtschechien100.html
Reading that made me a disbelieving and upset, so I googled the issue and found it in several English ones as well:
....there are more links, but yeah...
it's insane indeed.
I know what you two mean. Whenever I get into reading a lot of books on philosophy (for example), novels and the like seem utterly unimportant, and I don't really want to read them. But when I'm out of that 'extended flow' novels seem so much nicer, easier, and entertaining. Those philosophy books on the other hand suddenly turn into heavy tomes full of difficult matter - making reading as undesirable as chewing dry bread.
A very good guest post by Matt Mazur - if you enjoy this (and I think you will), then you can find his blog at mattmazur.com. He currently runs two business apps: Preceden.com, a tool for making timelines, and jMockups, a high fidelity web design tool. Here's Matt -
Nine Tips for Getting Started with Life Tracking
Inspired by Sebastian’s posts about the benefits of life tracking, I decided to try it for myself. After several false starts, I’ve now been doing it for almost two months straight and have had some great results. In this post I’ll explain how my current tracking system works and I’ll share some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.
How it Works
Every Sunday morning I print an eight page document that I use throughout the week to track various aspects of my life. The first page is an overview, which I will fill out at the end of the week to summarize my results. The remaining seven pages are devoted to each day of the week.
I wasn’t doing too well yesterday morning. Nearly three hours after I’d woken up I’d accomplished nothing. I’d spent the first three hours of my day browsing the internet in the most unfocused way possible.
I’d see an interesting video then open up another tab, then I’d see a cool picture and open up another tab. Mind you, this wasn’t even “research” I was just bored and seeking stimulation. Three hours later, I’d finally snapped out of the low level trance I was in and felt disgusted by how I’d spent my morning.
It wasn’t the first time I’d gotten lost in the endless stimulation of the internet, but I’d made the decision that it was going to be the last. I disabled my computer’s internet, had my father put a passcode restriction on my iPod’s internet, and committed to doing work.
The result? In the remaining 11 hours of my day I’d written three blog posts, cleaned my entire closet, meditated, put in a two hour practice for juggling, eaten several meals, paid my fees for the continued use of the cameronchardukian.com domain name, edited two blog posts, edited an upcoming v-log, and freestyle rapped for half an hour.