I updated my personal homepage at the beginning of the new year. Some of the changes were long overdue, like my university student status and the number of diving licenses. But, there were other changes that arose from a more recent insight: that, if I am to reach my goals, I need a plan. A bad plan is better than no plan. And too many goals are as useless as no goals.
Here is my plan as I published it in Januari in verbatim:
This ♂ has a plan: to become a happy little 🐷. His tech job at YTEC already keeps him warm and his belly full. (His family 💰 and the 🇳🇱 welfare state helped him along the way.) 🐷 2 + 2 little 🐱🐱 + some 🌿🌴 make 🏠 🏠. And, with all that comfort, ❄️🚿🚿, योगः, 中国武术 and มวยไทย keep the 🐷 from getting 䏘.
Homo sapiens is more homonid than sapiens, so the most sapient thing for this H. to do is to take good care of his 🐒-mind. This 🐒 wants ♀
♀(☑), and is very particular about who he keeps ✓ed in this ☐—a ♀ who breaks out of the stupid ☐, and climbs on top of it to 👙💃.
Outside this most private of private bubbles, there are friends and family on call to put into perspective the tribulations that flow from the oft-inflated need to earn societal respect and dominate other ♂♂. At his most ☮️ful, his work and hobbies (i.e., kickboxing & diving) afford him plenty of opportunity to ✓ this ☐, but sometimes he dreams of wider recognition, especially at times of narrow self-respect.
He used to want to grow 📈 indiscriminately in all directions at once (like a ♋), dreaming of universal admiration and acceptance, being unable to accept—let alone, love—himself. Having since undergone therapy, he can now make the 🐒 feel sufficiently secure to focus on more ☯ forms of self-improvement, as long as he pays conscious attention to his need for ♡.
2018’s goal is for him to learn to respect himself, which requires him to ⒜ be deserving of respect, and ⒝ to give himself credit when credit is due. To combat self-sabotage and improve his discipline, he has given himself 3 rules: ① consumption is production; ② the training schedule is sacred; and ③ meditate daily. This may sound harsh, and it is, if he will needlessly beat himself up over any failure to comply. These rules are fairly constant, but there’s also a maximum of 4 assignments, which will change when they’re finished or given up; currently, these 4 are: ⓐ publish
7articles on Sapiens Habitat about PPPermaculture; ⓑ create an Angel prototype and share it with colleagues; ⓒ finish opschoot‘s Mint upgrade; and ⓓ remember 7 new lucid dreams.
Note that there’s no need to work on these assignments; they don’t have a deadline. Deadlines abound in the day job. It’s all about the rule of ④: no more than 4 private projects at the time, to avoid all that free energy from being scattered with purpose nor satisfaction.
Rule ①: consumption is production
My adherence to rule ① has been decent in the beginning but is somewhat mixed at the moment: I’ve tweeted most times that I caught myself scrolling Twitter, but I haven’t written something—even if it’s just a single line—every time I’ve been mindlessly losing myself in the newspaper. Definitely, I need to continue to be vigilant if I want to rid myself of my habit to numb myself with mindless information consumption.
Speaking of production: For some time, I’ve waited with writing more about Annemarie, Laurelin and Nils their permaculture adventures in Portugal ⓐ while making some adjustments to the layout of sapienshabitat.com. But, I am now nicely progressing ⓐ with the second article in the series on PPPermaculture: Tree Nurse Nils.
Rule ②: the training schedule is sacred
Rule ② has been somewhat more sacred to me than rule ①, and I’m proud to say that I’ve persisted through quite a bit of boredom. Interestingly, so far, I’ve found adhering to my training schedule easier than making changes to it. The only changes I made were rather minor.
Last week, I decided that I want to pursue some competitive kickboxing bouts. But, that’ll have to wait until I finished one of ⓐ through ⓓ. Otherwise, I’d be violating the rule of ④.
Rule ③: meditate daily
Being mindful instead of running around like a caffeinated chicken is still challenging, in so far as that I don’t feel that I’ve further progressed towards being sufficiently at ease during the day that it has improved my dream content. My dream recall, however, has kind of improved.
There have been days on which I violated rule ③, and these shouldn’t be allowed to multiple. But, it’s also important to remember the spirit of the rule rather than the letter. And that spirit would soar as soon as ⓓ I will have the first of those 7 new lucid dreams.
The rule of ④
The rule of ④ is great. It has already protected me from undertaking ⓔ and ⓕ before finishing ⓐ through ⓓ. It also has a motivating quality, because I’m really itching (literally) to try ⓔ a ketogenic diet again.
|Rule ①||Rule ②||Rule ③|
|21||I can not nor want to remember all this shit throughout the week.|
Status of auto-assignemts
|ⓐ published 5 of first 7 articles about PPPermaculture on sapienshabitat.com|
|ⓑ create an Angel prototype and share it with colleagues|
|ⓒ finished opschoot‘s Mint upgrade||☑ on Feb. 22 2018|
|ⓓ remembered 7 of 7 new lucid dreams||☑ on Jun. 8 2018|
|ⓔ tried a ketogenic diet again for a week||☑ from Feb. 12–18 2018|
|ⓕ fight a kickboxing match||started in the beginning Mar. 2018,
officially paused at the end of Apr.
|ⓖ publish opinion piece about the annual winter-time population crash in the Oostvaardersplassen||☑ on Mar. 14 2018|
|ⓗ submit an entry for the NRC essay writing competition||started on May 26 2018
☑ on Jun. 25 2018
|ⓘ something something Magento||started on Jun. 8 2018|
|ⓙ reviewing Myrna her open letter to the Dutch national Health Council||embarked on Jun 25. 2018
☑ on Jul. 1 2018
|ⓚ sand and paint my bicycle cart||waiting for a slot|
|ⓜ get Hardwood wikis back online and put them up for sale||waiting for a slot|
|ⓝ redesign www.bigsmoke.us||accidentally started on Aug. 27|