Tynan has written a couple of times about the habit of shutting down your computer at a certain time everyday. I imagine that a bunch of you - like me - thought about this and decided to start this habit, but regularly find yourself still behind your computer WAY beyond your shutdown time.
Since half a year ago, this never unintentionally happens to me anymore. This is because my computer turns off by itself at my time limit, whether I think about it or not.
So, how does this work? You can use windows task scheduler (this is already installed in your windows PC) to shut down your computer at any time you would like to schedule, whether this is every night, later on weekend days, or only on the second sunday in the month.
Here are tutorials for setting it up:
Mac and Linux probably have a similiar function, or you can install a program that does this for you.
Set this up! It takes 5 minutes to do, and you more than earn it back on the first night you otherwise would have been behind your computer later than you want. If you already succeed in shutting your computer down, this will at least save you effort.
Here's the link for how to do it on a mac. Took me 2 seconds. Thanks for this!
Skills require time to attain. There's no magic pill to become stronger; we have to go to the gym consistently. If you want to learn Russian, you need to study, practice, and probably spend some time in Russia. If you want to become a better writer you can learn some good practices, but you ultimately have to produce a lot of writing before you'll be any good.
But what about habits like diet change, sleeping habits, and introversion? While we may not all be able to speak Russian, we all have the innate ability to wake up early in the morning. Our mouths will all accept healthy food. We all have the physical ability to walk up to a stranger and begin talking.
Why do these switches often take so long to flip? Why is it a gradual struggle, rather than an instant change?
Getting to bed at a solid hour has to be one of the most underrated personal habits and personal disciplines.
Waking early has huge productivity and creativity benefits. If you can jam on your top creative work for a few hours before anyone is out of bed and hit major milestones before breakfast, your whole day's path is pre-paved golden.
This points to a mundane-but-crucial detail: you need to get to bed early enough.
This is harder than it sounds to do.
There are enjoyable social events in the evening.