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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’m Launching Language270

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These past two weeks have been amazing and I have been almost constantly doing what I love: Biking, exploring the city, eating good, diverse foods, reading good books, hanging out with good friends, learning more about nutrition and productivity. Unfortunately, I got very little done. My Japanese and German have been in a state of flux for the past 2-3 weeks mostly because of the countless amount of minutiae I have had to do or be involved in. Fixing my bike, attending information sessions, homework, Socializing, exercising and commuting time. So of course in times like this I ask myself; what can I do or change to make serious progress on my goals?

After a long time thinking about it and reflecting on past times when I had achieved hyper-productivity I’ve come to the conclusion I need a goal with a strong framework setup so that everyday the action I have to take and the amount of time I have to a lot is taken care of.

Without structure you might make progress, but its not effective. Too much time is spent answering an email, commuting, socializing, taking a random shower, or finding out what or where to eat. Having a structure takes away all this, it fixes these issues. Instead of wondering around trying to decide what has to be done, in how much time it should be done, and then being distracted, having a plan lowers down your choices to two things: Do or don’t do.

So I’m launching a new website called language 270. The whole concept is that I will go hardcore on a language, cramming and reviewing everyday, 3 hours a day, for 90 days. I’m kind of cheating with Japanese, since I already know about halfway through Genki 2 (Read: lower intermediate-intermediate), but since I haven't seriously studied in over 6 months a lot of it will be reactivation.

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