No More Zero Days…. Day 1

May you live every day of your life.

― Jonathan Swift

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been kind of avoiding this whole blogging thing for the last few weeks. I’ve been avoiding it much like…. well…. the plague.

There are a few reasons for this but the biggest reason is that I have been kind of falling into a bit of a dark place mentally due to being stuck at home. While I’ve been continuing to work of some things, I have mostly found myself just not feeling like doing anything, and hating myself for it. This may not be the context that he meant that in but Different people are dealing with this in different ways, however I can not sit at home for long periods of time. I start to lose the will to do, well, just about anything. I am very much a busy body and need to be busy to feel content when I go to bed at night.

One late night last night, while cruising Reddit like a zoned out vegetable, I came across this post. And while it is quite old, It has some pretty fantastic advice. Amazing! This is exactly what I want to do with my life. What an excellent time to start doing this! What better way to keep track of it than to share it with internet strangers?!

In the movie Fight Club, Tyler Durden said “Self improvement is masturbation”. This line pretty well sums up what a lot of self improvement can be. This all Feels Good. But ultimately, you are not achieving anything remarkable by going to all of those conferences and weekend retreats. Self improvement is imperative for personal growth but many people tend to fall into the deep end of this and this comes from a somewhat dark place and quite frankly is a little weird to me. Does that mean what I am doing right now is any better? I have no idea. Maybe this is just how I am coping with the situation. Maybe it is a desperate attempt to bring some kind of order back into my life. What I do know is that this is indeed coming from a place where there is a need to grow as a person, not a loathing of the person I am already.

I am not going to copy the entire post out here as I am sure you all can read and I have linked it above but I will provide a breakdown.

  1. No more zero days: A zero day would be where you don’t do a single thing towards a dream or goal that you have.
  2. Be Grateful for the 3 you’s: Forgive and thank your past self, use your present self to do favours for your future self.
  3. Forgive yourself: This is pretty self explanatory. We are human, perfection is not something that comes much, if at all.
  4. Exercise and books: Exercise daily and read books, pretty self explanatory as well. Everything you are trying to learn or are going through has likely been experienced by someone else already. Why not learn from someone who’s already gone through the ringer?

That’s it. Those 4 rules.


Here is what I wanted to achieve today and what I hope to achieve tomorrow.

Today:

  • Write a blog post at least 200 words long.
  • Run 5 km.
  • Clean and folded laundry.
  • Read for 1 hour.
  • Study for 3 hours.
  • Work on course project for 1 hour.

I didn’t quite get around to studying for my course or working on the project but I did spend some time cleaning eaves troughs for some friends of the family. So it wasn’t a waste I wouldn’t say.

Tomorrow:

  • Write another blog post at least 200 words long, Subject doesn’t matter.
  • Run 8 km.
  • Weight lifting.
  • Clean Treadmill and put boxes back in storage.
  • Read for 1 hour.
  • Study for 3 hours.
  • Work on course project for 1 hour.
  • Find a weekend meal recipe to try.

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