GameTamilan #100Days


Software Engineer, Amature video gamer, Loves psychology, philosophy and productivity. Believes in practice rather than inherent talent.

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Day 4 #100days of writing

Friday.... awesome day.  No? Yes it is.

Had a productive and fun filled day. Finished up Pomodoro Iluustrated book that I mentioned yesterday and put in place templates to put the theory into practice.

My kid also enjoys Pomodoro to organise her study times. Learnt a lot of stuff. Trying to assimilate them slowly but steadily.

Listened to this song. "Rise up 2k16 feat Jaba.

"My dream is to fly so high above the rainbow."

"I try to fly a while high direction sky" 

The lines the echoes with the notion of human freedom. Loved it. 

On the way to killing mediocrity. One important thing that I learned today the best of people are mostly down to earth.

23:07 June 21 2019 Indian Standard Time. 

Day 3 #100days of writing

Today is the when I wanted to sleep more. But I tried to finish my morning rituals which I track through Fabulous( app But skipped few like checking my weight and walking.

I was lazy but pulled myself to go to office. Had a good breakfast my wife prepared and started on my 11 yers old Bike.

Had a great time at office meeting and usual stuff. I got good amount to time to read pomodoro technique which I am trying to incorporate into my day to day activities to improve my work ethic, to stay focussed and to reduce stress. 

Almost finished the book Pomodoro Technique illustrated. Just the last chapter pending. Will post a quick reference card in a day or 2. 

I think it's really a good fool proof technique to manage my day and navigate through complexities of the task at hand and seeing the big picture. 

When you get a chance do read about it. Wiki Link here

Going to do my ritual before sleep to meditate and then sleep. Bye for now. 

22:31 20th June 2019 Indian Standard Time

Day 2 #100days of writing

I have been reflecting on my past. I am in mid-30s, and I never pushed myself. I was able to survive with just one-quarter of my capacity. It has always been easy. There were challenging times, but I thrived with only an occasional burst of my best effort. 

So far, I was able to survive with my mediocre efforts. Maybe I aimed too low given where I started and where I am, I think I should have aimed even more. It's not that I'm not doing well in the walks of life, I feel that emptiness may be because of what people call "Mid-life crisis". I have a stable well paying job, beautiful family, but I feel like a great sophisticated machine which has been well oiled and well maintained but never used.

So I now decide to do something about it. To use the endowments that were bestowed upon me to its fullest capacity. That is the justice I would do to the Creator and the soul inside me. People strive for happiness, but what I think is, they strive for closure and fulfilment.

I see the coming days have lots of exciting things that could make my life even more fulfilling.

5:53 am 19th June 2019 Indian Standard Time

Day 1 #100days of writing

I decided to write for 100 days. I have taken this challenge to build a habit of writing. 

Why the habit of writing? Reading makes sense meaning you gain more knowledge. But what writing has to offer?

Hm, let me think.

I guess it makes you declutter your mind. To stash or empty your thoughts somewhere so that either you can be free about you stored

it somewhere or you get the feeling of sharing it with the physical world even if you don't share it with people. It gives your thought next natural evolution of interacting with the physical world and stop being a thought that fades away. It's like the thought being born into the world. So I would like to write not for becoming a writer or a blogger. But to declutter my mind and give a chance to the ideas that my brain think of to manifest in the material, physical world. Challenges have been my only source of motivation from my childhood; otherwise, I don't do things consistently even if they are essential.

So here I go — Day 1 of writing. 

5:42 am 18th June 2019 Indian Standard Time.

How to be a Stoic

Principles deals about three things.

1. Desire - what we should and should not aim for.
2. Action - how we should behave.
3. Assent - how we should react to situations.

Not everything is in our control. Focus on what you can influence and don't worry about the rest.

Follow moral virtue instead of pursuing wealth and comfort in life.

Four virtues
1. Temperance
2. Courage
3. Justice
4. Wisdom

Imitating and observing role models is an effective way to live a good life.

Pause and reflect; put yourself in the shoes of others, and you will better handle provocation and misfortune.

"Take a moment before reacting."

Take care to invest in truly good friendships and in good conversation for better life.

"Preferred indifferents"

"Reflect on the day before you sleep"

Change your World Day 13

He was a happy man Obviously. He was Joe of Joe's Place, a little lunch counter I found one night.

There were about a dozen stools occupied, for the most part by elderly men and a couple of older women from the neighborhood.

He set a steaming bowl of soup before an old man whose hands shoot, 'Mamie made it special for you, Mr. Jones.' One
elderly and rather stumbling lady started to go out the door. 'Be careful, Mrs. Hudson, the cars go pretty fast out there.
And. oh yes, look at the full moon over the river. It's mighty pretty tonight.'

I sat there thinking that Joe was happy because he really loves people.

Norman Vincent Peale

Change your World Day 12

The way to happiness:

Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry.
Live simply,
expect little,
give much,
fill your life with love.
Scatter Sunshine.
Forget self, think of others.
Do as you would be done by.

Try this for a week and you will be surprised.

H.C. Mattern.

Change your world Day 11

I shall never forget Ralph Rockwell. He was the farmer on our place in the country. Ralph was a New Englander of the
old school, always caring for the place as though it were his own.

He said to me once, when I was presuming to give him advice: 'Tell you what, Dr. Peale, you do the preaching, I'll do the farming.'

It is good to remember to take advice as well as give it.

Norman Vincent Peale.

Change your world Day 10

George Reeves was a huge man, 6 feet 2, weighing 100 kgs. H ewas my teacher in the fith grade. In class,
he would suddenly shout, 'Silence'.

Then he would print in big letters onm the blackboard the word CAN'T.

Turning to the class, he woudl demand, 'And now what shall I do?'

Knowing what he wanted, we chanted back, 'Knock the T off the CAN'T.'

With a sweeping gesture, he would erase it, leaving the word CAN.

Dusting the chalk from his fingers, he would say,

'Let that be a lesson to you - you can if you think you can '

Norman Vincent Peale.

Change your world Day 9

Self-confidence and courage hinge on the kind of thoughts you think.

Nurture negative thoughts over a long period of time and you are going to get negative results.

Your subconscious is very accomodating. It will sd up to you exactly what you send down to it.
Keep on sending it fear and self-inadequacy thoughts and that is what it will feed back to you.

Take carge of your mind and begin to fill it with healthy, positive and courageous thoughts.

Norman Vincent Peale.

Change you world Day 8

"You cannot..."

Louisa May Alcott was told by an editor that she would never be able to write anything that would have popular appeal.

A music teacher told Enrico Caruso: 'You can't sing. You have no voice at all.'

And a teacher warned a boy named Thomas A. Edison that he was too stupid to pursue a scientific education!

Never let anyone shunt you off from the main line of your aspirations.

Norman Vincent Peale.

Change your world Day 7

Fear can infect us early in life until eventually it cuts a deep groove of apprehension in all our thinking.
To counteract it, let faith, hope and courage enter your thinking.
Fear is strong, but faith is stronger yet.

Norman Vincent Peale.

Productivity Hacks

This is a collection of ideas to improve the fruitfulness of the time I spend here on earth. I will keep adding or modifying it until I feel comfortable with the grind. 

The big picture

  • Vision statement
  • Mission statement
  • Roles and goals
  • Eisenhower matrix
  • Activity Management
  • Time Management

Way to plan, organise and execute

Action management

  • GTD - Getting things done Method - helps to organise and manage actions aimed at stress free productivity.

Time management

  • Pomodoro Technique  Helps to execute the actions that is determined beforehand.

Eisenhower Matrix

Roles and Goals

Example: You roles as a  Family member, team member, Friend, Entrepreneur etc and Goals

Action Management - GTD

1. Get everything out of your mind or email inbox. Collect them into a physical inbox. (may be a word file, Paper or physical files)

2. Sort them based on the question "Is it actionable in the immediate future?"

        If yes -  

                Classify based on Eisenhover matrix

                         do it immediately if it is important and urgent  or if it is important and will take only less than 2 minuites.

                          If not important try to delegate it. 

                If it cannot be done is 2 minutes plan and split it into actionable chunks and create a Action inventory sheet and schedule it based on urgency.

                Use Pomodoro to execute the actions. 

        If no  - Classify it as 

                1. Trash

                2. Someday

                3. Reference

3. Review actions every day and keep adding new actions each day. 

4. Review actions every week.

5. Review someday actions to see if they become important or urgent.

Time Management - Pomodoro

The Rules:

  • A Pomodoro can’t be interrupted; it marks 25 minutes of pure work.
  • A Pomodoro can’t be split up; there is no such thing as half of a Pomodoro or a quarter of a Pomodoro.
  • If a Pomodoro is definitively interrupted by someone or something, that Pomodoro should be considered void, as if it had never been set; then you should make a fresh start with a new Pomodoro.
  • You are not allowed to keep on working “just for a few more minutes” even if you’re convinced that in those few minutes you could complete the task at hand.
  • When the Pomodoro rings, mark an X next to the activity you’ve been working on and take a break for 5 minutes.

Work flow

1. Activity life cycle - use GTD to manage activities and review the list of activities

2. Todo today sheet - Create a sheet with list of activites that needs to be done today and estimate the number of pomodors each will take.

3. Journal the number of Pomodoros per task and number of interruptions per pomodoro.

4. At the end of each day do a retrospective and mark which of the activities are completed. If not complete it means we have either over estimated or activites are more broad and needs to be broken down. 

5. Copy the unfinished activities to "Todo Today sheet" and also some more activities from Activity inventory sheet. 


1. GTD Book -

2. Pomodoro Technique -

3. 7 habits of Highly effective people -

God and me

The light of God surrounds me.
The love of God enfolds me.
The power of God protects me.
The presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is!

Change your world - Day 6

A big battle was building for the morning. the place was Korea, the hour midnight. It was bitter cold, the temperature below zero.

A burly U.S. marine was leaning against a tank eating cold beans out of a can with penknife.

A newspaper correspondent watching him was moved to propound a philosophical question: 'Look,' he said,
'if I were God and could give you what you wanted most, what would you ask for?'

The marine dug out another penknife of beans, thought reflectively, then said, 'I would ask for tomorrow.'

Perhaps so would we all - a greate tomorrow.

Norman Vincent Peale.

Change your world - Day 5

Theodore Roosevelt, a strong and tough-minded main, said:
'I have often been afraid. But I would not give into it. I simply acted as though I was not afraid and presently the fear disappeared.'

Fear is afraid itself and backs down when you stand upto it.

Norman Vincent Peale.

Building a rock solid routine. 99U

Building a Rock-Solid Routine 99U



Do your most meaningful creative work at the beginning of your day, and leave “reactive work”—like responding to e-mail or other messages—for later.


Establish “associative triggers”—such as listening to the same music or arranging your desk in a certain way—that tell your mind it’s time to get down to work.


Commit to working on your project at consistent intervals—ideally every day—to build creative muscle and momentum over time.


Move rhythmically between spending and renewing your energy by working in ninety-minute bursts and then taking a break.


Make a point of spending some time alone each day. It’s a way to observe unproductive habits and thought processes, and to calm your mind.


Show up, whether you feel inspired or not.

Sharpening your Creative Mind 99U

Sharpening Your Creative Mind



Use personal creative projects to explore new obsessions, skills, or ways of working in a low-pressure environment.


Make time for your mind—and body—to wander when you’re stuck. Disengaging from the problem allows your subconscious to do its work.


Keep your inner perfectionist in check by defining what finished looks like at the beginning of a project. And when you get there, stop!


Repetition is the enemy of insight. Take unorthodox—even wacky—approaches to solving your stickiest problems and see what happens.


When the well runs dry, don’t blame a lack of talent. Creative blocks frequently piggyback on other problems. See if you can identify them.


Look at constraints as a benefit, rather than an impediment. They activate our creative thinking by upping the ante.

Finding focus in a Distracted world 99u

Finding Focus in a Distracted World



Book time on your calendar for uninterrupted, focused work—and respect those blocks of time as you would any client meeting.


Tackle the projects that require “hard focus” early in your day. Self-control—and our ability to resist distractions—declines as the day goes on.


Turn off your phone, e-mail, and any apps unrelated to your task. Even the presence of background activity (and temptation) can drain your focus.


Marking progress is a huge motivator for long-term projects. Make your daily achievements visible by saving iterations, posting milestones, or keeping a daily journal.


Alternate challenging creative work with more “mindless” tasks to give your brain time to rest and refuel.


Take a break from checking your smartphone during transitional moments, and open yourself up to opportunity and serendipity.

Taming your tools 99U

Taming Your Tools



Post your complex, long-term goals by your workstation to keep them top of mind when prioritizing your tasks.


Practice letting go of certain e-mail and social media conversations. There will always be more opportunities than you actually can take on.


Distinguish between compulsive and conscious behaviors. Are you acting out of boredom or blind habit when you could be serving a higher goal?


Make a ritual of unplugging on a regular basis. Turning everything off is like hitting the “reset” button on your mind—it gives you a fresh start.


Be conscious of your body. Breathing deeply and regularly can decrease your stress levels and help you make better decisions.


Don’t trust technology over your own instincts and imagination. Doing busywork is easy; doing your best work is hard.