21 May 2007

The Motto is: DO IT NOW

We all have heard that "necessity is the mother of invention". Necessity seems to the mother of change too.

A couple of weeks back, I had written about "the mother of all decisions". To be honest, I was not really able to stick to the decision to its full extent. Anyway it doesn't matter. Now things are better.

After realizing that changing myself completely by a single decision is going to be very difficult, I decided to stick to very small small decisions. The only capital investment I had were my faith in myself, my willpower and the dire-strait situation.

So, the first decision was to get up early every day. For the past 32 days, I've implemented it pretty well. There was not even a single day on which I woke up after 6:00 AM.

Even on weekends and holidays. The average sleeping time has fallen down drastically. Earlier it would have been 6+ hours. I am sure, now it is well below 6 hours. This is just a byproduct of the new decision. Most of the days, I went to bed at 12:15, and woke up at 6:00. Those days I went to bed at 11:30, I woke up at 5:00.


After this successful implementation of my first decision, I am going to my second decision.

One major problem I am facing lately is lack of concentration. That is not true. When I am really near the deadline, I am able to concentrate well. I can finish even 50 pages of hard-core math in a single day, without burning the midnight lamps. I consider that to be really cool. (Of course, the exercises not included)

But on other normal days, the variety of umpteen tasks which I have to finish, seem to make me switch from one task to another very frequently, thereby reducing my productivity. This is the main problem which I am facing.

When I do a proper analysis of this problem, I come to a conclusion that, it roots from my habit of postponing things.

For eg.: I have to type in a single page of writing to my computer as a part of some official work. I have the page with me for the past 5 days, and it would take at the most 15 minutes for me to type it in to a latex file, and store it in the proper place. I myself find it hard to believe that I would have spent more than 15 minutes thinking about when to do it.

The solution is simple, the next time I think about it, simply go ahead and finish it off. Otherwise, it will continue to haunt me during everything I do – till I finish typing it off.

It is not laziness, it is simple procrastination of those things I don't like but are important. This is what makes things go wrong. This is what takes away my concentration by reminding me about the things to be done.

Next time I come upon something to be done, I am simply doing it. NO MORE POSTPONING of things.

Following "30 days to success" of early rising, I have learned and made a habit of getting up early and making use of the early hours of the day. Now it is the time for something new. The coming 30 days, I am practicing myself to "procrastinate procrastination". There by making myself able to stick to a single task for 3+ hours without switching to something else.

Yes, that's it. Let me finish typing it in now J

Signing off, Sands.

The picture was taken by me with the camera on my mobile phone. Cool.. isn't it?

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11 comments:

Sandeep Sadanandan said...

I finished typing it in. It took about 22 minutes. :)

Sands

Black is beautiful said...

how much does the phone cost ?
i m looking at that sort of camera resolution....

Black is beautiful said...

and what happened to ur mallu blog.. i just checked it...
u havent updated it for ages ?

Anonymous said...

Teach me to organize things ...
By,
Confused Youth

Sandeep Sadanandan said...

@bib
the phone costs.. why dont you ask crime-master-gogo - for the price of N70.

malayalam blog.. haven't managed to install proper editor in Vista. Shall try again this weekend.

@confused youth
Good question. I am trying to clean up the mess! Still, the only thing I can tell you is "Just do it". For eg., if it is your room which is cluttered, spend time to plan the cleaning, and clean your room according to the plan. Then comes the most important thing... make it a habit to maintain the cleanliness. Otherwise, it falls back to the old state! And, I might not be the right guy to teach this! :(

Dinil said...

Good post! :)

By the way, that tree looks like one near the GC, at IITM :)

Anonymous said...

@dinil..

yes, this one is a small version of kanikkonna

sands.

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