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I've been off to a great start. The last days were really productive and I feel awesome.

A few days back I was thinking about how I always lose the "momentum" I build up during the week in the weekends, so I hope that this challenge along with a different attitude help me break that cycle.
 

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A few days back I was thinking about how I always lose the "momentum" I build up during the week in the weekends, so I hope that this challenge along with a different attitude help me break that cycle.

Really cool how awesome the week is going for you and I hope you see it lasting through the weekend and well beyond!

A few things that have helped get through the weekend or the like is to keep the same routine/schedule that's been so good during the week.

And if feeling momentum slip, immediately do something. Get up and go for a walk. Change your scenery, meditate, or meal prep... Get physical and let the excitement of being productive take over.
 

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i am doing these 4:
- smile at someone (mindset)
- say no (business)
- count calories (health)
- review zp poster (mindset)

streak at 11
didn't hold the button down long enough on my streaks app for 'count calories' so it says i am at 5
cool app
 

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2 weeks if you started on Oct. 20!

Day 1 if you start today! Re-starting is great if you found yourself forgetting or distracted. Compare this time to any previous and see if there's a better way for you to do it!

How are you all finding it? : )

Really noticing the way discipline feels. The words I'd use to describe it are power and shine. An inner peace that starts and ends the days.

There are 10 from the original list that are in my daily routine, leveling up this week!
 

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I'm doing pretty good as well. Finished my last exam yesterday, so now I finally have some time on my hands again.

For the next few weeks I want to focus on creating some more structure in my life. This starts with a steady sleep schedule, so that's what I'll work on. The plan is to create an evening routine and to sleep at certain times with little deviation from day to day.

Furthermore, I am doing niche research to figure out what I want to dive into for my next eCommerce venture. I want it to be a long term project, so a suitable niche is essential. If anyone has any recommendations (including threads) on how to go about this I'd love to hear it! :peace:
 

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17 days in a row ... .let's go .... easy ONCE YOU GET STARTED
 

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Bad week for me admittedly. Dropped off during Halloween and election on getting a workout done early.

Today could be Day 1 again!

One of the best things about that is the starting high! You get to ride that high and push yourself farther.

An easy way to lose is to wait for a better day, an easier week, a better 'plan' .. most of us have these thoughts every day. Let them come and go. You got this!

Can't wait to see you beat ZCP's streak : )
 

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Bad week for me admittedly. Dropped off during Halloween and election on getting a workout done early.
Just curious as to how those 2 things relate in any way to you working out in the morning?


Thanks for the tag @ZCP... @Sheens this is a great thread, now I see what you mean when you mentioned this a few weeks ago. This is a great idea
 

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is @LightHouse joining us on the 30 day journey?? interested?
 

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Just curious as to how those 2 things relate in any way to you working out in the morning?


Thanks for the tag @ZCP... @Sheens this is a great thread, now I see what you mean when you mentioned this a few weeks ago. This is a great idea
Stayed up late and turned workout alarm off. It wasn't those exact events, but the excuse for me to stay up when I know with my current schedule that if I do not wake up early to workout it will not get done in the afternoon. Chose an extra hour of sleep over progress....probably wasn't worth it.
 

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21 days. who even started? who is nearly done?

who will start today?
 

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I am late to the party! I like to think that I am getting on top of good habits. So let's say...

1 - Zero coffee a day
2 - Go for a run at least 30 minutes
3 - Studying without checking phone
4 - Learn Dutch for 30 minutes

What are my strategies:

1 - I tell myself that I am not a coffee addict (disidentifying)
2 - Do it first thing in the morning, wear jogging clothes (habit stacking)
3 - Turn my phone off (making it an inconvenience, I guess?!)
4 - Hop into Duolingo on my PC (I haven't got to it for a long while, but I am hoping to start again tomorrow)
 

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Currently at 31 days of no caffeine, 31 days of nofap and 2 days of not complaining at all (T Harv Eker's 7 day no complaining challenge).

Feeling like a champ and honestly the best I've felt in a long time. Rewarded myself with some ice cream. I will not go back to caffeine! After 3-4 days, the energy fades away, plus you are actually less productive.

I really like Habitify for habit tracking and Supporti is a cool app for accountability.
 

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Hope it's not late to join the accountability plan.

Here I will apply the concept of "Implementation Intention" + "Habit Stacking" by the author of Atomic Habits, James Clear.

Implementation Intention : I will [HABIT] at [TIME] in [PLACE].

Habit Stacking : After [ROUTINE], I will [HABIT].

30 Day Habits Plan
  1. I will wake up before 7.30 am.
  2. After brushing my teeth in the morning, I will read non-fiction for at least 30 minutes.
  3. After the reading session, I will take a cold shower.
  4. I will work out for 10 minutes at 5.00 pm every day.
Purpose of Each Habit
Reading : Knowledge expansion. Compounded growth. Building my competitive edge.
Cold Shower : Stepping outside my comfort zone. Face my fears.
Workout : Self-discipline. Confidence. Health. One of the keystone habits that will affect all areas in your life.

Other Problem(s) to be Solved
Social Media Addiction : Endless scrolling through Instagram. Had the thought of deleting the app, but I think the main reason is not to miss my friends' activities and stories. A secondary reason is that I am managing a side Instagram account.

Anyone has faced a similar problem like this before?
How do you manage a business account, while making sure you don't mindlessly scroll for new contents and stories?



Update #1 : 23 Oct 2020

I was a snooze-guy every morning until I learnt about this.
I had to set many consecutive alarms and I might even miss the last one.

Not anymore. Here's a trick by Ramit Sethi ...

Use COOL instead of HOT emotions when you're dealing with habits.
:xx: HOT -- "Ughh not the alarm again. It's so bright outside! I just want to sleep for another 5 minutes."
:check: COOL -- "The alarm went off. It's at 7.00 am. Time to wake up." Then I get up and make my bed.

No hard feelings needed. It's embedded within myself. "I am a person who wakes up early."

This GOLD! Article (8 Steps That Will Radically Change Your Life In 30 Days Or Less, Guaranteed) by MJ gave me an idea on how to deal with social media addiction.

I've changed my passwords into something difficult to be remembered.
To prevent easy access, I also logged them out from my phone.

For the desktop browser, I am using a Chrome extension called LeechBlock NG.
It blocks the site and delays 60 seconds every time I want to access to social media websites.

Basically, I am making it hard to access. Prevents me from acquiring instant gratification from social media.

Now, I have to do something useful that contributes to my goal...
To compensate for the dopamine loss from social media withdrawal.

Update #2: 11 Nov 2020

I did miss some habits sometimes but I did not skip them two days in a row.
Built a Habit Tracker using Notion (free app) by following a tutorial by RedGregory on YouTube.
Extremely helpful to visualize the habit completion progress and fully customizable to suit our needs.

A quick view of the Habit Tracker:

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Further actions that are taken to cope with my social media addiction:
  1. Blocked instead of delayed access to social media at certain times in the day.
  2. Hid my phone during the day (remove the source of distraction).
  3. Deleted social media app and only install them after completing a hard workout.
 

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Way to go @calum.medlock, @andyhaus44, @ZCP, and @fenophter! You guys are rockin this!

@Sethamus, @WhoDatBoy, @peterb0yd, @AnneC, @CareCPA, @BellaPippin, @Kasimir how's it goin for you?

Another idea for anyone that's finishing this round, hasn't started, or wants to add in another at any time, lol : )..
What do you guys think of taking 7 days to try something completely new to you? Something you haven't tried before and now ready for the challenge?

Could be anything again as long as it is good for you personally and working towards your goals.
 

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Way to go @calum.medlock, @andyhaus44, @ZCP, and @fenophter! You guys are rockin this!

@Sethamus, @WhoDatBoy, @peterb0yd, @AnneC, @CareCPA, @BellaPippin, @Kasimir how's it goin for you?

Another idea for anyone that's finishing this round, hasn't started, or wants to add in another at any time, lol : )..
What do you guys think of taking 7 days to try something completely new to you? Something you haven't tried before and now ready for the challenge?

Could be anything again as long as it is good for you personally and working towards your goals.
Oh man, I completely forgot.
I need to find a "Streaks" app for android so I can't use that excuse anymore.
 

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Nice Initial
i'm doing it for about a 20 days and i founded this thread, i will add mine:

i'm performing my trading strategy
i'm quiting social media
Meditate
 

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I'm doing pretty good. Had one small slip up when hanging out with friends who were smoking, but I just accepted it without resentment. I'm happy with the progress I am making, and the new habits I am forming. Also, I must admit I did not meditate everyday, but I definitely do meditate most days now.

The 7 day challenge sounds fun, but I must say I can't think of anything I never did before that I can actually try out in these quarantine times. Any suggestions?
 

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Definitely better this week on working out. The only days skipped were the two days where I hand dug a 70ft ditch for an electric line to my shed (harder than the workout I would have been doing). Also added no alcohol for 30 days last Saturday and cruising through that. The test will be Sunday( going to a football game) and the 21st, we are having a party for the 1 year old with friends and family.
 

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Haven't missed a day with IF. I just couldn't concentrate last week. Too many distractions. I scheduled a float (sensory deprivation tank) for tomorrow afternoon to hit the reset button. Next 30 day challenge will be focused on physical activity for me. I just haven't made that a habit or priority, although I know I need to.

For the no caffeine guys - @andyhaus44 and @calum.medlock - I decided to stop drinking coffee earlier this year, when a one-day fast gave me the most insane withdrawals. I'm feeling pretty good on no caffeine and no alcohol.
 

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day 23 done. day 24 going.

@CareCPA get an iphone too ..... one business line (android) , one personal line (ios) ....... be badass w/ two phones .... get your business line answered by a service
 

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@CareCPA there is an app called "habits" in android, you can use that.
 

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day 23 done. day 24 going.

@CareCPA get an iphone too ..... one business line (android) , one personal line (ios) ....... be badass w/ two phones .... get your business line answered by a service
My accountant says I need to keep overhead down, and that two phones are unnecessary.

However, I have actually considered having two phones. The urge to check work email outside of work hours is too strong. I think tech-addiction is a real thing.
 

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a 'work' phone that is now answered by a service and that i can 'leave at the house' on weekends is awesome.....
well worth the $20 or whatever for the extra line ...

AND you won't be as square with your young ones as Daddy will have a 'real' phone!!

AND you can get the streaks app and quit making excuses!!
 

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Way to go @calum.medlock, @andyhaus44, @ZCP, and @fenophter! You guys are rockin this!

@Sethamus, @WhoDatBoy, @peterb0yd, @AnneC, @CareCPA, @BellaPippin, @Kasimir how's it goin for you?

Another idea for anyone that's finishing this round, hasn't started, or wants to add in another at any time, lol : )..
What do you guys think of taking 7 days to try something completely new to you? Something you haven't tried before and now ready for the challenge?

Could be anything again as long as it is good for you personally and working towards your goals.

Omg @Sheens I did it one day. One. Was thinking about this a day or so ago. :arghh:

The worst is that the solution to the reason I didn’t do this is ...meditating

My mind is in so many places at the same time except in the present I feel it’s 9am and suddenly it’s bedtime and idk what I did with my day.
 

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The 7 day challenge sounds fun, but I must say I can't think of anything I never did before that I can actually try out in these quarantine times. Any suggestions?

Sure! I'll try to make it a generalized and hopefully quarantine friendly list for you! Let me know if we should make a bigger list!

Have you tried not ordering food in and cooking healthy meals for an entire week? Tried intermittent fasting? You mentioned meditating for 10 minutes a day, have you tried to go over 30 minutes or follow an online guided meditation? Is there a subject that you've never studied and could be important for your business? Any physical challenge like yoga, dancing, or lifting at home that would be different for you? Try an artistic talent of music, drawing, painting..? Do you follow a dedicated morning routine?


My mind is in so many places at the same time except in the present I feel it’s 9am and suddenly it’s bedtime and idk what I did with my day.

Yeah, that is so tough. And are you giving yourself the credit you deserve for the things you are doing?!! List them out throughout the day so it's a bit easier to remember where that time went and adjust it for the next day?

Could you possibly meditate in the first hour you're awake?

My current trick for being present in the moment is the simple wiggling toes to force your mind into being aware of that very second. That's it, heh, I wiggle toes and re-focus on the task at hand or conversation.
 

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