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Day 14 #100days of writing try 2

One most important thing I learned today reading atomic habits is that "Whenever you decide to start a habit start small and add in smal increments. Use a two minute rule. If you want to run a Marathon. Decide to put on running shoes daily in the morning. The small habit would make it easy to do daily and then you can improve on it. Standardise before you optimize."

That makes perfect sense. And thinking about the 100 day writing challenge. I see that deciding to write like opening the Standard notes and keying in the few words daily is the ritual. There is no set target other than that. Once this becomes automatic then it is easy to write 500 words then 1000 words then 5000 words and then a book. 

Don't start a habit of writing a book or 1000 words a day. Start with the habit of writing something each day.

This applies for everything. And whats good about this is you can use the converse of this to remove bad habits. Make the bad habits difficult to do. Uninstall the apps that suck you time and steal you family time. 

Also logged into good reads today and saw about 115 want to read books and its been like that for the past 6 months. Other than the audio books I listen during my commute to office I didn't really read for 6 months and good that I picked up atomic habits. 

It is definitely making the difference. The one thing I am grateful about today is that the Almighty has given me time and environment to read and progress in the betterment of my quality of life.

Goodnight. Cheers. 

Day 13 #100days of writing try 2

Today is a quality day spent with my family.

Attended Parent teachers meeting of both my kids. Talked to my mom and also listened to nostalgic songs and listened to good music. 

Listened to Mozarts music and also M.S Vishwanathan songs. 

Fulfilling day with me reading more  than 2 chapters of atomic habits. 

finished reading first law of Habit development. "Make the cue obvious"

Now reading the chapters of second law of habit formation "Make the habit attractive"

Read few stuff about financial sucess from Ramit Sethi. financial education is very important I realized it few years ago but taking steps now to acquire that. 

Have a good weekend folks.

Cheers. :)

Day 12 #100days of writing try 2

Had a very productive day at office. Most of the time coding and nothing else. 

Talked to my long time friend. It brings back profound memories or nostalgic memories to be precise. 

Speaking of profound I heard about the book "The Prophet"  by Khalil Gibran poetics essays. 

The profound thing that it was talking about is that the same things that gives us worry is the same thing that gives us joy. Profound isn't it.


Day 11 #100days of writing try 2

My kid woke me up at 6:15 and asked me to help her get ready to school. For some reason she was anxious to go to school. I helped her and I started to office. 

Got to read 2 articles about how to being a senoir developer. Learnt that there are "Senior Developers" and then "Developers with Seniority" I fall into the second category right now. I make things work and then move on. (Author call this people CodeMonkeys). But the so called senior developers continuously go on improving the code. 

There would be technical debt in the code meaning the bugs which are open needs to be fixed or refactor pending or improved debugging capabilities. Senior developers make sure the debt is low. 

Good to know that I am a code monkey all through. I guess its time to dig deep and be the programmer I wanted to be.

I had a very productive day at office today.

Good night. Peace

Day 10 #100days of writing try 2

Damn India cricket team lost the world cup semi finals. Terribly disappointed. But nothing can be done other than to move on. 

Woke up at 6:50 am and got my kids ready to school and had a good productive day at office.

Learnt few new things. Didn't get a chance to read atomic habits today. Need to restart my walking routine. May be I will start jogging. 

Listened to Bach-The Well Tempered Clavier piano classic. And also few of Pomp and cisrcumstance march music today. 

They really are very soothing and calming.

Music really works magic no??

Goodnight. Peace.

Day 9 #100days of writing try 2

"Motivation is overrated; Environment is what really matters" is the chapter I read today as part of the Atomic habits book. Currently I am reading through the chapter which explains how environment plays a role in shaping a habit.

Habit has four ingredients Cue Craving Response Reward. Environment comes in that creates the cue part and craving part. So to change an old bad habit or to follow a new good habit it is worthwhile to try changing the environment even in the smallest possible way.

"A stable environment is where everything has a place and a purpose is an environment where a habit can form"

When we start assosiating the cue with an object it actually spreads to the context in which the object is in . 

Also author talks about a phenonmena called  "Suggestion Impulse Buying" where people actually don't buy what they want but how a specific stuff is shown to them. This makes them think how to use the thing that is shown in an ad. The ad sets up both the cue and craving. 

And I now know how I buy so many thing which I actually don't need. he he he.

That's one chapter of the book it had few other case studies and good insights. 

Today was a productive day at work. Woke up late like 7.10 am and did the errands I do daily and reached office at usual time and did what I do best. Code!

Good night. Peace. 

Day 8 #100days of writing try 2

Today is a very productive day. Woke up at 5.45 am and got my younger kid ready to school. And started to office.

I have reduced drinking tea so I replaced tea with just hot water. I see no difference really. I will keep looking for any withdrawal effects or something like that. But I feel great. 

Read a chapter of atomic habits and today is mostly work day. 

Looking upto the semi final clash tomorrow between India and Newzealand in the cricket world cup.

I have also trying to reduce my weight so I am going on a balanced diet coupled with Jogs which I am starting tomorrow. I will add the running updates also tomorrow. 

Just noticed I haven't published my yesterdays entry so publishing it now. 

Cheers. Goodnight.

Day 7 #100days of writing try 2

Sunday is always a happening day since I get more rest than errands to do. But I made sure I made my working desk tidy and threw few unwanted stuff out.
Read few pages of atomic habits and also spent quality time with my kid explaining her the meaning of the poem "The Road not taken" by Robert Frost. It brought me more of my high school memories. I helped my kid with her homework.
And I was contemplating about what success for me looked like. I always wanted to be a sharp programmer and wanted to have a AI assistant that can do what I think. May be inspired by Iron man but I had this vision when I was a kid.
May be it will be a reality one day. But I guess I will have it one day.
Also today I was thinking about how to live the life and it made sense to live life like there is no tomorrow. We thought about tomorrow when the sapiens started doing agriculture. When we were hunter and gatherers there was very less emphasis on the future and the experts say that people at that time would have had less stress.

And today is the birthday of my fav cricketing legend MS Dhoni.

It's going to be a great week. Good night.

Day 6 #100days of writing try 2

Woke up at 7:30. The water scarcity has subsided as there were rains in the past week improving the ground water levels. So free from filling the water from corporation water pipes.

My 2TB harddisk crashed on me. It had few bad sectors. I am using 2TB seagate Firecuda it had its problems. Looking to switch to a solid state drive.

Anyways fixed them and got my laptop up and running. 

Had doctor appointments for my kid and taken them out for a bike ride and bought them new helmets to wear during bike rides.

Nothing much done today. Played a starcraft 2 game  which lasts 25 minutes at max.

Peace. Goodnight

Day 5 #100days of writing try 2

Woke up at 5:45 and helped to fill water in the storage container from the corporation tap which doubled up as an early morning excercise

Went to office early and do what I do best. Sent off a friend who is going abroad for higher studies. I have been sending off so many people close to me. They pursue the carriers which shows promise, well who does not?? hm.

Have gone for a walk, played one starcraft game and stared at the stars.. well stared at the clouds and meditated a bit.

Felt the soft drizzle of the summer convectional rain brought by the sea breeze. Perks of being in a coastal town. And thinking about the abundance in the universe. While we on earth cram for resources the entire universe is about abundance. Still giving it a thought. There would definitely be a time where the human race would exhaust the earth with the kind of un sustainable development that is on. But they might be successful in reaching a planet which might sustain life. But I would like humans change the course of history with their better clean and sustainable tech.

Peace and Good night.


Day 4 #100days of writing try 2

Happy July 4th.

Today is the first day my kid went to school junior KG. She was very excited to go to school. The school actually opened a week back but my little one was affected with rashes so she was not able to go to school on the actual open date.

She was so anxious to go to school and it was rooted in the new uniform bag, box and pencil. Small things makes her happy. And it brought me a deluge of emotions and memories right from my childhood. 

Was down with stomach upset and dehydration but the butterfies of her first day to school gave me energy to take her to school and getting her back. Did not go to office applied for sick leave.

Went for a 3K walk while listening to Sapiens. Interestingly it had mention of Declartion of independence and that reference came on the Independence day. Whats more interesting is the way the author translated the declaration in the perspective of biology.

Nothing much other than this. And its been a week since I read Atomic habits. Will continue it tomorrow.

Peace. Goodnight.

Day 3 #100days of writing try 2

Woke up at 6.00 am and played a game of starcraft. Helped my kid to do eye exercise and accupressure and made my bed which is the first win of the day.

Reached office early and closed few planned tasks. I have subscribed to HBR so got to read the latest issue. It contains stimulating thoughts and ideas.

Had a good chat with long time friend. She sounded so cryptic out of the blue asking me to realise my full potential and make use of what I learnt. I too have that same feeling for long not realising my true potential of not putting into use what I have got atleast.

Mediocrity is humans biggest enemy but the point is I have no regrets so far that is but I am not sure if it will be that way for long. The only guideline I measure myself against is that I should not have much regrets so will try to do my best.

Peace. Good night.

Day 2 #100days of writing try 2

Fresh from the win of my favourite sports team "Indian cricket team" The Men in Blue against one of the arch rivals Bangladesh. India gathers run hitting hard and gets 6 and 4 runs but play out too many balls without runs. But on the other hand Bangladesh accumulates runs in 1s and 2s but keeps the dot balls percentage low. They gave a tough fight but Men in Blue prevailed. 

Still thrown off of all the routines I have planned. Skipped walking and reading. Too tired to do anything right now other than writing. For writing makes me feel complete everyday. 

Not a productive day at office. Was in full of anxiety leading up to the game of cricket. 

But accomplished important tasks that I have planned to do today. 

The books "Sapiens" have put so many things in perspective. There has been lot of talk about The plants and animals that humans domesticated. But in reality its the aggicultural cereals and pulses that have domesticated the otherwise hunting and gathering human race. It is such a revelation on why epidemic diseases became prevalent after agriculture started and why they had no chance of spreading when people where constantly moving around.

If you get a chance add the book to your reading list. 

Peace and love.

Day 1 #100days of writing try 2

Thrown off of the routine yesterday. Got acute water crisis in my city due to ground water going scarce. So had to run all the errands associated with making enough water to drink bath and clean utensils. Did not get a chance to write yesterday. 

So restarting the 100 days of writing challenge today. Got to stay home today to fix the water pump that pumps the water from the borewell to the water storage tank in the first floor. So no office today. And since most of the team is in US this would be a light week due to July 4th weekend holidays. I guess this will be a right time to get some breather and get rejuvenated.

I feel like I am just easily thrown off the routine and impulsive. May be a midlife crisis or acute symptoms of it. I have achieved all my childhood goals. It's a mistake that I haven't dreamt high enough. Now when I set more goals they don't matter to me much or it is very hard to internalise. So goal setting should be done early enough or we need to put in very deep effort to find our purpose. And then work towards it. 

I am resetting my goals again and again but I guess I need to either find one soon or be a goal nomad going with the flow. 

In the coming days I will describe about the person I want to become and let you guys know how things go. Anyway we will be in touch daily.

Day 12 #100days of writing

Good day today. 

Completed my walk, played good starcraft games. Listened to Sapiens audio book for 30 mins. 

And importantly learnt a new Computer language from my Kid. Been in computer programming industry for a decade and half now and now I come across for the first time an educative programming language called "Logo"  based in which there are tools developed as open source software at MIT, Berkeley.

I am fascinated by it meaning that it was around when I was a school kid I guess but never came across it. Might have been a premier software during that time. It could do 3D view ports and 3d diagrams etc. 

This teaches me that there is no end to learning and all we need to do is open our senses and keep looking for things we expect it life.



22:41 29th June 2019 Indian Standard Time.