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Day 4 - NEARLY relapsed but didn't. Started writing out my comment but I deleted it.
what would happen if you deliberately went to youtube and started writing a comment - then delete it and close the tab...

open another youtube tab, start writing comment, delete it, close tab

repeat 5x a day

wonder if that would help?
 
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what would happen if you deliberately went to youtube and started writing a comment - then delete it and close the tab...

open another youtube tab, start writing comment, delete it, close tab

repeat 5x a day

wonder if that would help?
That's kind of what I do. I actually do that way more than 5 times a day haha. More like 10 or 12.

The former 4chan sh1tposter in me is NOT easy to get rid of lol.
 

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Day 5

Income from Uber Eats = 82.93
Income from writing assignments = 80

Metrics I hit

-Do productive things in between Uber Eats requests: Like usual, the requests didn't stop until I made them stop. Was a good day, too since I ended about an hour early to get bowling practice in. If I went that extra hour I probably would have crossed the $100 mark.

-Wake up before 10 in the morning: Got up super early, a little before 9, but went to sleep super late. Only got about 5 or so hours of sleep. It was so cold that I couldn't fall back asleep. Either way, it didn't affect much.

-Physical activity before bed: Got a massive bowling practice session in, then just went for a walk at a nearby park afterwards. It was too dark for a 5k and I didn't really want to go to the gym. I might get a real 5k tomorrow or something. We'll see.

Metrics I missed:

-Do at least 2 assignments or apply to at least 5 gigs: One hour for my latest customer, but to me that only counts as 1 assignment. Which is fine, today's a half-day anyways.

Tomorrow is my day off/freestyle day. Like I said, I might run a 5k before I go to bowling league or something. That's if weather permits. It's been clear one day, then raining like crazy the next.

Gonna do some YouTube content tonight in a bit. Then tomorrow, I'll make plans for my other niched down YouTube channels. Putting all my content on one channel is pretty dumb tbh.
 

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IMHO : one channel is better, but best to ask the bigger YouTubers in the group. also, I'm sure they would tell you not to rely on youtube only, that's violating the law of control (they could shut you down overnight and you would lose all your income)
 

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IMHO : one channel is better, but best to ask the bigger YouTubers in the group. also, I'm sure they would tell you not to rely on youtube only, that's violating the law of control (they could shut you down overnight and you would lose all your income)
Well currently my YouTube channel has gaming content, wrestling content, and resources for Incels and men who have been sexually assaulted. So all of those under one channel makes no real sense.

I also want to make a channel with bowling content and I know for a fact that wouldn't gel well with the other stuff on my channel.

Also yeah, I have other stuff other than YouTube channels for sure. Got a few blogs and websites too.

Also Uber Eats and freelance writing stuff.

Altogether I have three sources of income:
-Uber Eats (WAS about 75% of my income, now it's closer to half)
-Writing assignments (getting closer to half my income but in 2020 it was a quarter to a third of it)
-My content (like 1% of my income cuz I don't have a big following yet)

My goal is to get enough writing/editing assignments in my queue to where I don't need to do Uber Eats at all. Then I can make money from my content.
 

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Well currently my YouTube channel has gaming content, wrestling content, and resources for Incels and men who have been sexually assaulted. So all of those under one channel makes no real sense.

I also want to make a channel with bowling content and I know for a fact that wouldn't gel well with the other stuff on my channel.

Also yeah, I have other stuff other than YouTube channels for sure. Got a few blogs and websites too.

Also Uber Eats and freelance writing stuff.

Altogether I have three sources of income:
-Uber Eats (WAS about 75% of my income, now it's closer to half)
-Writing assignments (getting closer to half my income but in 2020 it was a quarter to a third of it)
-My content (like 1% of my income cuz I don't have a big following yet)

My goal is to get enough writing/editing assignments in my queue to where I don't need to do Uber Eats at all. Then I can make money from my content.
Welp, that's a lot of subjects.. you good at all of them?
Or would it pay to focus on one and become an expert?

Jack of all trades and master of none?

Hate to be a doubter, I've never seen anyone with so many things going that is half decent at any of them, they are usually mediocre at best.
 

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Welp, that's a lot of subjects.. you good at all of them?
Or would it pay to focus on one and become an expert?
Yeah I've been thinking about that. Wondering which avenue would be better. I've already decided that my gaming channel will only have live streams that I don't really need to edit. If I want to relax and play video games I may as well stream myself doing it.

The other stuff that is related to my hobbies and interests? I DO want to make content on that for fun but again that's only if I have downtime and I want to spend it a little better by making content.
 

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Day 1: Took a few days off but I'm back on it now.

Income from Uber Eats = 39.33
Income from writing/editing assignments = 80

Metrics I hit:

-Do productive things in between Uber Eats requests: Uber Eats was busy today. The requests didn't stop until I made them stop. Didn't really do too much anyways since there was a bowling tournament this afternoon that I wanted to bowl at.

-Do physical activity before bed: Bowling in the tournament was my physical activity of choice.

-Wake up before 10 in the morning: I got up at about 9:30 or so.

Metrics I missed:

-Do at least 2 assignments or apply to at least 5 gigs: I did just one assignment. Still trying to get back into a good rhythm after the time off from driving and writing that I took.

I did a whole bunch of streaming on my YouTube channel yesterday, just to see what would happen and to give myself a bit of a break from driving and writing. Went pretty well, as it was hosted on another channel which improved the viewership for a bit. I also gained a few followers to my channel because of it.

Only did Uber Eats for a little over a couple hours today, but that was only because I had to bowl. I got KO'd after advancing pretty early, losing to a 260 in the round of 32. Worked on some assignments while watching the rest of the tournament.

My "medium" paying customer has started to assign some more stuff to me. My lower paying one now wants me to do extra stuff for them. I'm going to pass them on to one of my buddies who wants to do freelance writing as a result. I don't have time to do extra stuff for someone who is already not paying me what I believe I am worth. So someone else is going to need to do this.

I'll return to my original rhythm tomorrow.

Oh yeah I finally got someone to take over my lease at so I'll be in a much better and less noisy environment to work in come March. Nice.
 

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Day 2

Income, Uber Eats = 61.67
Income, assignments = 75

Metrics I hit:

Productive stuff in between Uber Eats requests: Only had one little dead period, but that was it. In that dead period, I just refilled some water and turned my laptop on before getting sent out for more deliveries. So it was pretty busy. Lots of little deliveries though.

Physical activity before bed: 100 push ups and 100 squats. Weight room was crowded so I couldn't go there. 5k will be tomorrow.

Finish at least 2 assignments or apply to at least 5 gigs: Applied to 1 gig (which had insultingly low pay, $1.50 for 300 words, NO. But I DID get some more Upwork points to play with because I humored them) and did 2 assignments. I did them wrong because I got too creative, but they got done lol. The customer very politely told me that I got too creative, and I'll fix what I did tomorrow. I also won't charge the customer for what I did today, only what I will do tomorrow.

Metrics I missed:

Wake up before 10 in the morning: I got up at about 5 after 10. For some reason, I really wanted to sleep in. Won't be like that tomorrow.

Now I definitely need to do less Uber Eats. Gas has gone up like a quarter in a week here. I blinked and it was a quarter more per gallon. Insane. I'm predicting it'll be about $3 by my birthday (when summer begins) and maybe even $4 by the end of the year. I'm done with Uber Eats (and owning a car in general) by then.

More of the same tomorrow.
 

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What would happen if instead of waking up around 9, you woke up at 6 or 7, and instead of doing 4-5 hours of Uber eats, you did it for at least 8 hours a couple days?

You could probably make over $200 per day, and pay off ALL of your debt rather quickly. That would explode your potential opportunities.

You could get a car and add Uber driving into the mix, too. Figure out what’s in demand in your area.

You’re doing great and it sounds like the writing is taking off. But it seems to me you could be making far more money and still get just as much writing done.

... and making more money would help a lot
 

j0elsuf

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What would happen if instead of waking up around 9, you woke up at 6 or 7, and instead of doing 4-5 hours of Uber eats, you did it for at least 8 hours a couple days?
If this was a decade ago and was pushing 30 instead of pushing 40, I would do exactly that. Would probably do Uber Eats for like 10 straight hours, do writing stuff until 2 in the morning or so, go to bed at 3, get up at 7. Back then I was able to operate pretty well on just 4 hours of sleep. Not anymore lol.

But I definitely need more sleep nowadays, I can feel it. Also I am not a morning person at all. Getting up before 7 would require me to probably get to bed at 8 or 9 at night, and that is when I am most effective with my writing.

When getting up between 9-10, I can go to bed at about midnight, which seems to be the sweet spot for me. I just can't bring myself to fall asleep any sooner than that. Trust me, I've tried. For example, if I get into bed at 10 at night or so, it'll take me a couple hours to fall asleep. If I get into bed at midnight, I'm out within 10 minutes.

I did try getting up that early a couple years ago. Resulted in me needing to take 3 to 4 naps a day just to prevent myself from randomly falling asleep. Also started drinking Monster drinks just to stay awake too. If this sounds like a rationalization, so be it.

I CAN do regular Uber, but prefer not to. I'm trying not to get the many variants of COVID19 that are now being spread all around my city. Doing regular Uber would pretty much guarantee that, since my city is full of nothing but college kids who not only demand to sit in the front seat but also don't wear face coverings.
 
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If this was a decade ago and was pushing 30 instead of pushing 40, I would do exactly that. Would probably do Uber Eats for like 10 straight hours, do writing stuff until 2 in the morning or so, go to bed at 3, get up at 7. Back then I was able to operate pretty well on just 4 hours of sleep. Not anymore lol.

But I definitely need more sleep nowadays, I can feel it. Also I am not a morning person at all. Getting up before 7 would require me to probably get to bed at 8 or 9 at night, and that is when I am most effective with my writing.

When getting up between 9-10, I can go to bed at about midnight, which seems to be the sweet spot for me. I just can't bring myself to fall asleep any sooner than that. Trust me, I've tried. For example, if I get into bed at 10 at night or so, it'll take me a couple hours to fall asleep. If I get into bed at midnight, I'm out within 10 minutes.

I did try getting up that early a couple years ago. Resulted in me needing to take 3 to 4 naps a day just to prevent myself from randomly falling asleep. Also started drinking Monster drinks just to stay awake too. If this sounds like a rationalization, so be it.

I CAN do regular Uber, but prefer not to. I'm trying not to get the many variants of COVID19 that are now being spread all around my city. Doing regular Uber would pretty much guarantee that, since my city is full of nothing but college kids who not only demand to sit in the front seat but also don't wear face coverings.
I understand. I don’t want to hijack your thread (you seem to be making good progress btw) but do you look at your phone right he before sleeping? That definitely makes it hard to fall asleep; I have the same issue.

There was a good discussion about caffeine started by @MTF too. Caffeine really sticks with you longer than people think (and I do love coffee).

Just some ideas. You seem to be making progress!

edit: as for being 40, my grandfather is 80 and is still CEO of our small business. He is there early every day, 6:30 am. He says he loves being at work, but sometimes jokes he just doesn’t want to be at home where my grandma can gripe at him.

Edited for relevance
 
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j0elsuf

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do you look at your phone right he before sleeping?
No. The only thing I do is do some swiping on Tinder but that's like 2 or so hours before going to sleep.

I do fall asleep to watching stuff on YouTube, however. It is nearly impossible for me to fall asleep in total silence. Can do it once I have been asleep for awhile but I usually need something that can lull me to sleep.

Caffeine really sticks with you longer than people think (and I do love coffee).
Oh yeah, that is definitely true. I only really drink soda when it's there; it isn't like I have gallons of it in my fridge. But yeah I do find that if I drink some soda I'll stay up a little longer than I want to. Either way, 2 in the morning until 9 in the morning seems to be the sweet spot for me when it comes to rest.
 

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Day 0 - Relapsed by commenting on wrestling stuff. Ugh. But it didn't distract me completely, still did a lot of work. If it's any consolation, this was after I did all my assignments. Still not cool.

Income, Uber Eats = 34.86
Income, assignments = 120

Metrics I hit:

Wake up before 10: I got up about quarter to 10. Wanted earlier, but my body just said no. Maybe I need to sleep even longer? I'm pretty sure 7 hours is enough. Maybe I need to trim it to 5 again. Or up it to 10. Who the hell knows. I've always hated sleeping; its the one thing in my life that is never consistent for me.

Do productive things in between Uber Eats requests: Uber Eats was ridiculously slow today. I was able to finish an assignment while waiting.

Finish at least 2 assignments or apply to at least 5 gigs: 1 gig, THREE assignments today.

Physical activity before bed: 5k. Decent time, too, 28:35. Not bad for someone who is still kinda overweight.

I'm going to try to get up really early tomorrow, but chances are good that I'm gonna need something that will wake me up. Won't be anything like a monster energy drink, though. Those are dangerous. Maybe a soda. We'll see.

Had a date tomorrow but it got cancelled. Good. More work I can do. I was actually going to get a serious bowling practice session in tomorrow before subbing for one of my buddies in his league. There's some stuff I want to work on. But after that, I'll get to work.
 

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Day 0 - Relapsed by commenting on wrestling stuff. Ugh. But it didn't distract me completely, still did a lot of work. If it's any consolation, this was after I did all my assignments. Still not cool.

Income, Uber Eats = 34.86
Income, assignments = 120

Metrics I hit:

Wake up before 10: I got up about quarter to 10. Wanted earlier, but my body just said no. Maybe I need to sleep even longer? I'm pretty sure 7 hours is enough. Maybe I need to trim it to 5 again. Or up it to 10. Who the hell knows. I've always hated sleeping; its the one thing in my life that is never consistent for me.

Do productive things in between Uber Eats requests: Uber Eats was ridiculously slow today. I was able to finish an assignment while waiting.

Finish at least 2 assignments or apply to at least 5 gigs: 1 gig, THREE assignments today.

Physical activity before bed: 5k. Decent time, too, 28:35. Not bad for someone who is still kinda overweight.

I'm going to try to get up really early tomorrow, but chances are good that I'm gonna need something that will wake me up. Won't be anything like a monster energy drink, though. Those are dangerous. Maybe a soda. We'll see.

Had a date tomorrow but it got cancelled. Good. More work I can do. I was actually going to get a serious bowling practice session in tomorrow before subbing for one of my buddies in his league. There's some stuff I want to work on. But after that, I'll get to work.
I promise that if you get on a more consistent sleep schedule, you will see your success explode 10x.

Just make yourself go to bed earlier when you aren’t tired. Set an alarm to wake up. It really works!
 

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I promise that if you get on a more consistent sleep schedule, you will see your success explode 10x.

Just make yourself go to bed earlier when you aren’t tired. Set an alarm to wake up. It really works!
I gave up on alarms 2 years ago. They gave me anxiety and made me sleep more. Would hit the snooze button no less than 15 times, causing me to oversleep by hours.

No kidding, I would often drag my sleep to as long as 12 hours by using alarms.

I think if I just get out of bed and start doing something, anything, I'll be alright. Even if it's something dumb, like play video games for a half hour or something.

But yes, I definitely need a more consistent sleep schedule. But I just really hate sleeping. It sucks. There's so much stuff I want to do and I'm not young enough to pull all nighters anymore.
 

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Day 0: Screwed around in this very board...for about a half-hour too. The thread was about someone who I think just received $1000 out of thin air or something. Someone wrote about how useless he thought public libraries are and it just sent me to go on similar rants.

Not a good move. I was already stressed out from a few things about the new place I'm moving to anyways so that's why I went into that thread.

Anyways:

Income, Uber Eats = 60.98
Income, assignments = 35

Metrics I hit:

Wake up before 10 in the morning: I annihilated this. Got up right when the sun came up, 7:30. Started by "rewarding" myself by playing some video games while starting my laundry. As soon as I put my clothes in the dryer, I fired up Uber Eats. That was at about 8:30.

Productive activity in between Uber Eats requests: The requests didn't stop until I made them stop, but they weren't too lucrative. I would finish up one order, get halfway back to my apartment, then get another request. So there was a longer cooldown between requests than usual.

Physical activity before bed: Bowling practice followed by bowling league. My bowling has sucked really bad as of late and there are a few things that I need to fix.

Metrics I missed:

Finish at least 2 assignments or apply to at least 5 gigs: I got like half of one assignment done, wasn't really feeling it after practice. That said, I am pretty much caught up on assignments for now so I'm alright when it comes to this.

Sooooo somebody agreed to take over the lease of my apartment, and I'll be moving into my buddy's place tomorrow. Needed to pay him as well as my last month's rent which is quite a bit lol. Don't know why but that stressed me out and caused me to slack off haha.

Tomorrow's actually going to be a pretty busy day. Got a date in the afternoon, then I'll start moving into my buddy's place before league. I'll do all I can to knock out the assignment that I got halfway done with tomorrow during the day as well.

It'll be nice to be in a less noisy side of town living with only one person instead of three.
 

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No post today? @j0elsuf
Everything good?

edit: I see you said you’d be busy! That’s good.
 

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Day 1

Anyways...

Income, Uber Eats = 74.19

Metrics I hit:

Do productive things in between Uber Eats requests: It was pretty busy today. They didn't stop until I made them stop. Tips sucked though. I did a little bit of Uber Eats yesterday too which I typically don't do. But I had an hour or two to kill.

Physical activity before bed: Weight room of my apartment complex. I'm stuck here for at least another month and am NOT happy about it.

Metrics I missed:

Wake up before 10 in the morning: I missed this by a millennium. Got up about quarter to 11 and I needed to force myself to get up. I could have stayed in bed for another 6 hours if I wanted to. I didn't want to do anything today at all.

Do at least 2 assignments or apply to at least 5 gigs: Neither. I didn't feel like doing any of that at all. I was too frustrated with what went down with my apartment. So instead of doing this I went to a show with one of my buddies and had a couple drinks instead.

Sooooo here's what happened with my apartment. Someone was lined up to take over my lease. I wanted to move out right before March and on Thursday, I was all packed up.

I was happy paying the sublease fee (which is one month's rent) but then they tell me I'm going to need to pay for the NEXT month's rent even though I won't be living there because they take a week to clean my room before someone can move in.

I told them that was alright, I'll just pay a prorated amount like I did when I moved in myself two years ago. Their response? "We don't charge prorated amounts anymore."

As a result, it didn't work out. THEN I had to tell my buddy who I was going to move in with that I couldn't move in with him, setting him back some cash.

It took every fiber of my being to restrain myself. I legitimately wanted to grab one of my bowling balls and throw it at everyone in that leasing office.

And now tonight! I'm hanging with my buddy, drinking a bit, trying to forget about yesterday's nonsense, and all of a sudden the digitizer on my phone starts messing up. This EXACT same thing happened with the EXACT same brand of phone (LG) last year before I had to replace that.

I'm just going to expect to buy a new phone every six months now. It's just part of the deal. I figured I would need a new one anyway since my phone isn't 5G and service is VERY inconsistent because of that, but still.

So I'm stuck inside this noisy a$$ apartment AND need to get a new phone. Bruh FML.

The result of all this was that I stress ate like you would not believe.

I pretty much transformed back to who I used to be a decade ago, eating out for every meal. I must have drank a gallon or so of soda over the last 48 hours. Went out for tacos three times over the last two days lol. Gained 5 pounds in like 3 days haha.

But...I have a plan. God damn do I have a plan.

First, now I know that my timing needs to be better when it comes to subleasing my place. I'll need to find someone again which is whatever, not difficult to do, but when it comes to physically moving out I'll need to line that up way earlier. Two or so weeks into the month or else I'm getting double charged. Now that I know that I know what I need to do.

If I CANNOT swing this, then I'll need to go to food joints in order to get my writing related stuff done. No worries. The taco joint that I hang out at every week serves smoothies for $2.50 after 4 in the afternoon. They close at 9. Everyone there knows me too since I'm a regular there. They don't care if I hang out there all day. They're used to it.

Soooooo after I'm done doing Uber Eats, I'll eat, hang out for a bit, then get myself a smoothie a little after 4. Then I'll just hang out there and do my writing/gig hunting, then leave right before they close. After that it's gym and check in here. Nothing to it.

OR if I run a 5k, I'll run the 5k about an hour after my first meal, then hit the taco joint at 6 or so. Either way, I'm good.

This means I'll need to do everything a bit earlier since I'll be ending my day earlier (9 instead of 10). Nothing to it.

If I can only use this apartment for downtime, so be it. That's just how it's gonna need to be and I'm alright with that.

Jeez, this was long. My bad. But I needed to get a lot off my chest. I'm hoping my new phone isn't gonna cost much. It ain't gonna be from LG, that's for damn sure lol.
 
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Day 2

Income, Uber Eats = 84.29

Metrics I hit

Wake up before 10 in the morning: I got up at about 9:30. Was going to get up earlier but the store where I wanted to get my new phone from didn't open until 11 or so. So I slept in a bit.

Do productive things in between Uber Eats requests: Uber Eats didn't stop today at all, and the deliveries paid really well. I did Uber Eats during the afternoon rather than the morning since I had to run a whole bunch of errands (do shopping, look for a new phone, practice for bowling tournament tomorrow) during the day.

Physical activity before bed: Practiced bowling a bit.

Metrics I missed

Do at least 2 assignments or apply to at least 5 gigs: I've actually been writing in my blog more than anything since I'm kind of burnt out on doing assignments. I'll definitely work on them when I'm on the road tomorrow, however.

So I was actually eligible for an upgrade to a new phone anyways, may as well take advantage of it. A new phone will cost me $100. Not too bad. Dude at my phone store said they will be in on Monday.

May or may not check in tomorrow since I will be on the road bowling. If I do check in it will be pretty late at night probably.
 
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Day 0 - Commented on a couple wrestling videos. During downtime, but still no bueno.

Income, Uber Eats = 43.99
Income, assignments = 50

Metrics I hit:

-Physical activity before bed: Paused push ups and squats. Apartment complex changed management AGAIN (only 6 months before they changed this time, that has to be a record lol) so they changed the code to the weight room. I'll harass them about it tomorrow. Things weren't like this when I moved in 2 years ago. I'm so done with this complex.

Metrics I somewhat hit:

-Do productive things in between Uber Eats requests: Uber Eats was super slow today. Had only 5 or so high paying deliveries that took me all the way across town, but a lot of time passed in between requests. So I guess I was just driving around in between requests. Meh.

-Finish at least 2 assignments or apply to at least 5 gigs: Did 1 assignment and wrote in my blog a ton. Does that count as an assignment? Maybe. That's why this metric was "somewhat" hit.

Metrics I missed:

-Wake up before 8:30 in the morning: I changed this because now I know my days need to end earlier so I can get out of the way of all the kids who live with me but I missed this by two whole hours today. Got up at 10:30, damn.

Soooo I bowled yesterday which was why I didn't check in, wound up winning $80 ($85 in, $165 out). Was like 20 pins away from making an additional $60 for coming in 3rd, but I'll be alright with 4th place. Cashing in the tournament also got me a bid to their end of the year tournament in August where I can get even more prize money. Very nice.

I'll use the prize money to get a new phone which should be in stock any day now. I'll start working on assignments more dilligently tomorrow since I'll be done blogging. Can't forget about updating my blog, even if I'm just writing "fun" stuff. Cuz it gets me more motivated to do assignments.
 

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Day 1

Income, Uber Eats = 97.53
Income, assignments = 10

Metrics I hit:

-Do productive things in between Uber Eats requests: Was a nice day today. Once they started, they didn't stop. Lots of high-ticket requests, my favorite kind. Must have gotten paid about $11 or so per delivery, nice. Got a $11 tip for one of em.

-Physical activity before bed: About to go to the gym right after doing this. Just gonna go to the gym now, forget the one at my complex. I'll be alright.

-Finish at least 2 assignments or apply to at least 5 gigs: Applied to 3 gigs and did 1 assignment. So I combined the two a bit. Also finished writing in my blog.

Metrics I missed:

-Wake up before 8:30 in the morning: I got up at 9:30. Spent a lot more time last night than I wanted watching stuff before bed. No bueno, I'll make it right tonight.

Doing my cheap assignments is starting to be something I actively don't like doing. I keep agonizing about passing it onto others, but I feel too responsible for it, as if I'll be doing my customer wrong.

I'll come to a solid decision about whether I want to do this or not by Friday. Probably will, since it is getting in the way of doing other stuff like looking for much higher paying customers.
 

j0elsuf

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Dec 15, 2020
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Day 2

Income, Uber Eats = 70.58

Metrics I hit:

-Wake up before 8:30: I got up right at 8:30. Hopefully I'll be able to continue doing this. It didn't make me any more or less productive but it will in the long run.

-Physical activity before bed: Ran a 5k, but it wasn't as good as usual because it was really cold, windy, and humid outside.

Metrics I missed:

-Do productive things between Uber Eats requests: One thing that messes with me when I get up early is that I don't want to do any writing related tasks. It took about an hour before my first Uber Eats delivery and while waiting I just dicked around on online dating stuff. My discipline/motivation is NOT high when it is early. Seems to be at its best from 6 in the evening until 10 or so.

-Finish at least 2 assignments or apply to at least 5 gigs: Didn't do either, but today is a "half" day in that I usually just do Uber Eats, go for my run, then take the rest of the day off to clear my head and relax. I did update a lot of the metrics I keep in my journal since it is a new month.

I'm taking the entire day off tomorrow so I can plan the rest of the month. There are a few things I want to do and need to do before I take my first vacation of the year which is going to be the last few days of the month. So I'll do all that planning tomorrow.
 

j0elsuf

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Dec 15, 2020
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Day 0: Commented on a couple youtube videos yesterday which was my day off but still. Not cool.

I want to try to go until the end of the month without commenting on anything except posting in this very thread. That includes this board itself. If I can't do this, I'm not going on my vacation at the end of the month.

Anyways...

Income, Uber Eats = 35.18
Income, assignments = 50

Metrics I hit:

-Physical activity before bed: 5k. So now I want to run a 5k every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Today's time was a little rough, just under a half hour.

-Be productive in between Uber Eats requests: I started my day late but once I turned Uber Eats on, I was getting requests pretty steadily.

Metrics I missed:

-Finish at least 2 assignments or apply to at least 5 gigs: Didn't do these because I just wanted to do some Uber Eats and relax a bit. I just edited 1 assignment. But I'll get back on track tomorrow since I'll be a lot better rested.

-Wake up before 8:30: haha, nope. Got up right before noon lol. But that was intentional, meant to do it. I pretty much start the day whenever I want on Fridays.

Might travel to bowl again on Sunday, and only doing so because my doubles partner agreed to pay for everything. Gonna start doing Uber Eats for a little longer now, at least for days that I'm not running a 5k. Now that I'm running short on high paying assignments to do, I'll need to make up for it.

This also means I'll need to apply to gigs a lot as well, which is never a problem. I'll get on all that starting tomorrow.
 

j0elsuf

Bronze Contributor
Dec 15, 2020
142
140
Day 1

Income, Uber Eats = 88.38
Income, assignments = 15

Metrics I hit:

-Be productive during Uber Eats requests: I did Uber Eats for a little longer today, until 6 in the evening instead of 3 of the afternoon. There was a bit of a wait time in between requests that was spent with me driving around, and I just stopped for a food break.

-Physical activity before bed: Went for a few walks in between Uber Eats requests when it was really slow, then just did some push ups and squats since the gym was closed.

Metrics I missed:

-Wake up before 8:30 in the morning: Not a chance, even WITH me going to sleep early. I just overslept instead. I must have slept for close to 12 hours, unbelievable.

-Do at least 2 assignments or apply to at least 5 gigs: Only one assignment today.

I legitimately have no idea what I need to do to wake up earlier consistently. There are some times where I can do it but no matter how early or late I go to bed, I'll sleep in.

Maybe it's the really weird relationship I have with sleep. I dislike it but my body apparently likes it way too much. I don't know. It's a mystery to me and I don't know what to do about it. My inconsistent sleeping patterns are easily the most frustrating thing that I'm dealing with right now.
 

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I legitimately have no idea what I need to do to wake up earlier consistently. There are some times where I can do it but no matter how early or late I go to bed, I'll sleep in.

Maybe it's the really weird relationship I have with sleep. I dislike it but my body apparently likes it way too much. I don't know. It's a mystery to me and I don't know what to do about it. My inconsistent sleeping patterns are easily the most frustrating thing that I'm dealing with right now.
If most common sleep advice (e.g. no phones an hour before bed, no coffee after noon, phone in different room, wake up at the same time everyday and don't hit snooze, dark quiet and cool room, etc) doesn't work for you, consider buying a Fitbit. They can do sleep tracking and might give you insights into sleep information you may be unaware of, such as periods of awakening during the night that you may not remember in the morning, or blood oxygen variations that may be caused by something like sleep apnea. For a more hardcore alternative you could take part in a sleep study where you sleep in a lab and the techs stick on ECG and EEG probes and monitor you all night.
 

j0elsuf

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If most common sleep advice (e.g. no phones an hour before bed, no coffee after noon, phone in different room, wake up at the same time everyday and don't hit snooze, dark quiet and cool room, etc) doesn't work for you, consider buying a Fitbit.
Yeah I was eyeballing one of those, planning to get one whether it was sleep related or not.

Something else I wanted to get was something called an Oura Ring, which tracks the same kinds of stuff.
For a more hardcore alternative you could take part in a sleep study where you sleep in a lab and the techs stick on ECG and EEG probes and monitor you all night.
Might do that too, but the anxiety I would experience doing that might prevent me from sleeping at all haha.
 

j0elsuf

Bronze Contributor
Dec 15, 2020
142
140
Day 2

Income, Uber Eats = 129.39
Income, assignments = 15

Metrics I hit:

-Do productive things in between Uber Eats requests: Uber Eats was out of this world today. The requests would stop until I made them stop and I didn't make them stop until a few hours ago.

-Physical activity before bed: Did some uphill walking at the cardio room at my complex. Was at the weight room but then a few of my neighbors showed up and I prefer using those rooms by myself. Has nothing to do with COVID it's just a preference.

Metrics I missed:

-Wake up before 8:30 = A little closer this time, 9:30. I've come to conclude that this is just a willpower thing. I just need to say to myself, when the clock strikes 8:30, that I need to start my day. It'll turn into a habit at some point. Also this is just temporary. As soon as I'm able to live alone again, I'll be able to do what I am comfortable doing: Start my day at 10 in the morning and end it at 1 in the morning. I'm only altering my schedule because of the people I live with, who tend to use the living room (where I do most of my work) at around 9 or so.

-Finish at least 2 assignments or apply to at least 5 gigs: Only 1 assignment today, but that was only because I went for length on Uber Eats. Won't be like that tomorrow.

I'll stop Uber Eats at 3 in the afternoon tomorrow, but only because I want to run a 5k before it gets dark. Otherwise, it'll be the same as usual.
 

j0elsuf

Bronze Contributor
Dec 15, 2020
142
140
Day 3

Income, Uber Eats = 48.29
Income, assignments = 10

Metrics I hit:

-Physical activity before bed: Ran a 5k, and nearly beat my personal best. Then walked a little more after since I put on some weight over the last week or so. Also did a decent amount of walking while waiting for my first Uber Eats request.

-Do at least 1 assignment or apply to at least 5 gigs: Applied to 6 gigs and got about halfway done with one assignment.

Metrics I somewhat hit:

-Productive activity between Uber Eats requests: This wasn't consistent. Uber Eats was pretty slow at the start of the day so I just walked at the place I run my 5ks at while waiting for my first request. Then while waiting for requests at home I looked for gigs I was going to apply to later. But I also watched a lot of stuff too.

Metrics I missed:

-Wake up at 8:30: I couldn't fall asleep to save my life last night. Took about 3 hours to fall asleep. Got up at 9:30, but only slept about 5 and 1/2 hours. Yet my 5k went pretty well and I applied to writing gigs pretty easily.

Maybe my sweet spot for sleep is 6 hours instead of 7? Who knows. I hate sleeping and it will always be a frustrating mystery to me. Not gonna lie, if I was doing this stuff a decade ago I wouldn't sleep at all. That's how it used to be when I worked graveyard shift: I would only sleep more than 4 or so hours during a day off, then I would sleep 12 hours.

Crazy part is, part of me still wants to do that. Still wants to stay up until 8 in the morning and wake up at 1 or so in the afternoon. But I know that isn't healthy so I'm not doing that.

I'll go for some length on Uber Eats tomorrow and will focus on doing assignments instead of applying to gigs. I'm glad I applied to gigs today.
 

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