So, a ways back, I did a thing where I checked in on my notes every day for three weeks.
Then, I did a thing where I went to bed on time every day for three weeks.
Then, I did a thing where I stuck to a diet and exercised every day for three weeks.
See, here’s how it works: I have a list of projects.
Each project has three phases.
Phase one is I have the project. I can do it if I like, or not.
Phase two is I do the project. Super intense to the point of ridiculous. For three weeks.
Phase three is I dial it back to something sane, and another project gets moved from Phase 1 to Phase 2.
Except I forgot my deal: baby steps.
So, I was planning to Phase 2 a workout project, then after that was done, Phase 2 a diet project. Instead, I hit diet and exercise all at once. AND I tried to kick up my study for promotion. AND I didn’t exercise in baby steps.
See, baby steps would mean I add running every day, then dial it back to a couple times a week. Or pushups and situps every day, and then dial it back.
Instead, I signed on for all of it.
When all was said and done, I managed to keep only my light cardio, and my diet. I didn’t even get in my haidong training in a meaningful way.
So, does that mean my three-week project idea has failed? By no means! I did keep a diet and lose ten pounds in three weeks. And I did do the daily light cardio.
So, what’s up next?
The next three weeks are scheduling. I have a schedule, and I’m going to check everything on it off.
“But wait,” you say. “Does this not violate baby steps? Won’t it have you do everything?”
By no means. All I have to do is show up. If the schedule says write, it counts if I stare at a blank page for the whole time. If the schedule says Haidong, standing in my yard with a sword for that time slot is good enough.
Odds are, I’ll do a little something anyway. And that will still be a step up from where I am.
Then, the three weeks after that? Haidong, haidong, and more haidong. Haidong in the morning before work. Haidong on my lunch break. Haidong when I get home. And every other little crevasse.
I try and do a physical project, then a non-physical, then a physical, and so on.
I’ll let you know how it works out.