To-do Lists and Reminders

More Energy Project Day #8

Today I started the day with a red eye coffee at my local café. I like working in the morning and this morning I feel energized for the first time in several weeks. I think this energy project is starting to pay off.

Wednesday is usually a killer for me, but today I changed the routine and took the day of to do the work I want to do.

I have tried to structure my tasks for years. I always have a list of to-dos that I never get to do. My to-do list is draining me for energy. I have read one article after the other about how to manage my to-do list, but it never works for me. Leo from ZenHabits is more radical and suggests that I kill my to-do list. I’m not sure I can do that either, but reading his post made me think.

To-dos are usually thing I should have done. The deadline is usually due. Leo suggests using reminders in the calendar if there are things that has to be done at a certain time. Reminders are usually things that have to be done but the deadline is not due yet.

Thing I should have done drain me for energy, but reminders don’t. Sometimes reminders can do the exact opposite. Maybe Leo is right; kill the to-do list? I don’t need to be reminded of all things I haven’t done and never will.

I’m thinking that maybe the trick is to develop a system of reminders that ensures that I get things done before the deadline is due? That would certainly give me more energy.

If I kill my to-dos then that would still leave me with a bunch of things that I haven’t done yet – but maybe I can give them a new deadline?

How do you get things done?

Eggs Save Energy

Day #4 in my More Energy Project.

Eating eggs helps save energy. Today I had and egg with my breakfast plus a shot of tomato juice.

I was extremely tired when I woke up, but my energy was good all morning and forenoon. Energy fell to very low in the afternoon, but my general mood was good.

Frustration! – A Bloggers Block

Frustrated Blogger © Erik Back 2012

I have been blogging for about eight months now. Lately I haven’t published much because I’m so frustrated.

My problem is that my interests are very wide and I can’t focus on one interest enough to write about it every day.

I have trouble finding the voice of my blog and I find it difficult to find a good topic.

One day I feel I have seen the light and the next day everything seems hopeless.

What do I have to give?

I keep asking myself what I have that people would want to read? I know I have a lot to offer but I cannot find a label to put on it.

I don’t know what people want to hear and a lot of bloggers say it doesn’t matter. Just write for one person, they say.

What is my passion?

My passion, they ask. What is my passion? I know what my passion is: Everything! I love living; I love to get new knowledge and new experiences; I love to meet new people; I love to read.

But what is my true passion? Does it have a label or maybe I don’t have a passion at all?

If I asked you about your passion, what would you reply?

The quest for a passion

I have this idea that all my interests have something in common and when I find out what that is I will know what the label for my passion is.

It’s like the quest for the Holy Grail. I’m never going to find it. What would happen if I stopped looking? Would it pop up right in front of me and present itself as if it has been there all the time?

I don’t know.

I have read post after post about finding my blogging voice and unique topic/niche. Maybe I’m not that unique?

Well, I must be unique, because no man is alike. We all have different personalities. Logically I must be unique – but how do I communicate that?

Just be yourself, they say.

This post is definitely me. It’s me communicating my frustration.

Communication – is that it?

Could it be that my true passion is communication? Writing this post makes me realise that communication is one thing all my interests have in common.

The topics are never as important for me as the communication of the topics.

  • I love to chat.
  • I love to write.
  • I love to tell stories.
  • I love to read.
  • I love to play with words.
  • I collect books and articles.
  • I would love to have my own private library!
  • I love to watch films.
  • I love to do lectures.
  • I love networking.
  • I love social activities on my computer and iPhone.

Come to think of it, everything I’m passionate about has to do with communication!

From passion to topic/niche

Let’s assume my passion is communication. Then what topic should I choose? Blogging, television, books, iPhone, writing?

By focusing on one topic I elevate myself to be an expert. I don’t believe that I’m an expert on communication I just like doing it.

I have to think about this. I’m not ready to give up blogging.

Are You Conscious About Your Habits?

As usual I was up at 6.26 and drinking my glass of water. While eating my breakfast it was snowing in the dark outside my window. I like the snow; it makes me feel peaceful. Everything becomes quiet and stress-less. My mind started to think about my perception and consciousness and I decided to take a look at YouTube to explore what other people say about consciousness.

I found this program made by BBC, “BBC Horizon – The Secret You”, that attempts to measure consciousness. The program discovers that you get your sense of self-recognition at the age of 18 – 24 months. This is the age where you become aware that you exist. It turns out that only humans, chimpanzees and orangutans have the ability to recognise them-selves and to be aware of their own existence.

Apparently the sense of “I” is connected to the conscious mind but separated from the body. This means that body and mind are separated in some sense. You will see experiments of this in the program. But the mind and body is interconnected by the subconscious mind and you will see proof that the subconscious mind is aware of what you are going to do six seconds before you are conscious about it.

This is interesting when working with habits because a habit is something you do without thinking about it. This means that a great deal of that habit is turned over to the subconscious part of your brain. You can use your self-consciousness to program your sub consciousness and thereby control you behavioural patterns and perception of the world.

If you would like to study the philosophical aspects then I recommend that you take a look at René Descartes’ theory about dualism – the separation of body and soul. Also have a look at the works of Bruce Lipton, PhD in biology, about the conscious and the subconscious mind.