When I don’t sleep a full 8 hours it’s enough for me to put off everything which was what I was going to do today.
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I thought I’d listen to a Joe Rogan podcast while laying in bed and the outcome was motivation. I’m not going to wuss out today became the mantra. I was so fired up I couldn’t believe it. After breakfast I was at the park doing pull-ups and chin-ups. I didn’t break records but I did them until I couldn’t do another rep.
-Walked the dogs(there’s another one staying with me right now)
-Did the laundry
-Did more laundry
I want to include that I took a shower after jogging but it doesn’t sound very impressive. Then I took a nap like someone had knocked me out cold. Afterwards I watched an hour of business television where some guy in a suit talks about stocks. I’m blogging right now and afterwards I plan on practicing piano.
History shows that the motivation will fizzle out by the time I wake up tomorrow. The mind decides whether to do something or not, and it is really good at making up reasons for taking the currently easy way out. After listening to the podcast my thoughts are that the only way to keep going is to not give yourself a choice even though you have it. Nike said it best, Just Do It. What if all I have to do is listen to something or someone inspiring every day? I might even employ some stretching before I go to bed tonight.
The driving force behind the daily routine comes from the consequence of not following through. Take away the consequences then you’ll need to compensate with discipline. Other than my couple of weekly appointments, I can put off everything anywhere from a few hours to forever.
I could brush my teeth once I wake up or I could do it at 3 PM. I could wash my clothes today or wait until I’m on my last pair of semi-clean underwear. I could read that book I said I was going to read or never do it at all. No one is going to give me shit for anything I don’t do and only I lose.
At 7 PM yesterday I was just going to start watching a show on Netflix after a non-productive day then I thought to myself I could at least put in one hour of doing something I said I would do. If most people are suffering for 8 hours at work plus a commute then I can fight past the inertia for an hour.
I thought about how it was Thursday and my next piano lesson is on Sunday. I don’t want to look like a loser to my piano teacher. If it wasn’t for that I probably wouldn’t have practiced last night. I also decided to finally vacuum. I’ve been blaming the dog for the mess instead of my procrastination.
If I set a schedule and stick with it then I’ll be better off. I can make it a 3 hour work day. For example, 11 AM: exercise, 12:30 PM: practice piano, 1 PM: read 10 pages, 2 PM: talk to strangers.
I’m not sure if people are lazy or if it’s just a biological instinct to not want to use calories unless deemed necessary.
I need a life coach.
Late last year I was enrolled in a stock market investing course which was a disappointment. It may have been a satisfactory course if you knew absolutely nothing and if Wikipedia didn’t exist like in 1995. Half the class didn’t even show up for the last lecture. This instructor was relevant 20 years ago. Another example of humans becoming obsolete but still hanging on with 2 fingers. I find it odd how there is only one course in this city on stock market investing but handfuls on subjects such as pottery, photography and cooking.
Yesterday marks my third piano lesson. My piano teacher says I’m the worst student she has ever had and wonders how I even got this far in life without losing a body part. She said she has 5-year-old students who play better with their toes. She may not have said any of that only because she’s happy to take my $37.50 Canadian dollars for 45 minutes of instruction.
When I was a kid my mother offered to put me in Kung fu lessons stating that I could fall back on teaching for money if I had to. I declined and she more than willingly accepted because it would save her money.
I bought the best cheapest digital piano from Costco online. If I wasn’t home at the time of delivery I wonder if the UPS guy would have just left it in front of my door.
If nothing else it makes for a decent piece of decorative furniture.