So, after “giving up” on my personal journal, I guess I’m gonna post a little update in here!
I generally manage to stay off the internet pretty well and studying is also going great! But I still have a few days where I get nothing done. Yesterday was one of those days.
I recently downloaded an app to help my track my habits (shout-out to @Ramirez122 for recommending the app; it’s awesome!) and yesterday, I couldn’t continue any of my streaks, because I really didn’t do anything. I seem to have these days more frequently recently, so I sat down and thought about possible reasons for this. And I figured it out. All of it. I even realized that this “trigger” is responsible for unproductive days I’ve had a few weeks ago as well; it’s been with me quite some time!
And it’s so simple: Whenever I don’t start studying by about 1pm, I get nothing done for the rest of the day.
It’s sound weird but that is what every unproductive day I’ve had the last few weeks has in common. When I start studying early, I sort of fall into this “routine”. I get done with studying for the day at about 3-4 pm. Then I do some stuff from my to-do list and read a bit.
If I don’t, I tell myself that it’s not worth starting to study right now, because we’ll have lunch soon, so “I’ll start afterwards”. After lunch, I’ll be tired, and tell myself that I’ll surf on the internet a bit, and then I’ll start. When I’m done surfing “a little bit”, it’s about 3-4pm and I feel unmotivated to study because it’s “so late”, and I’ll “just study a bit more tomorrow to make up for the wasted day”. And this negative attitude stays with me for the rest of the day.
I guess the solution is relatively simple: I have to establish a strict morning routine, that ends with me studying by about 11am. I guess I’m gonna start with that particular rountine tomorrow, because it’s already 12am
Besides that, seeing the magazine that @zeldajones recently got, got me interested in slow journalism. I looked around a bit and found the Delayed Gratification Magazine. Has anybody here read it and recommend it? Or do some of you have other recommendations?