So back in January, I wrote out my 7 goals for the year. It's been two months, so let's see how I'm doing :
1. Become FULLY polyphasic
I'm close on this one. Many days I go perfectly, sometimes if I have nothing to do I oversleep and then skip some naps during the day. I'm actually pretty satisfied with that, as I'm only sleeping 2.5-4.5 hours per night, I'm never tired, and can always count on being awake early and staying up late. I'll keep pressing to be more consistent, but I'm satisfied with where I am.
2. Gain 15lb of lean muscle
No progress here at all. I tried working out really hard once while polyphasic and it wiped me out and caused a major oversleep. I waver on whether or not I really care enough to do the work necessary to gain the muscle. I think I do, but it's not at the top of the priority list. I still expect to finish this by the end of the year, though.
3. Make a million dollars by my birthday this year
I hate to admit defeat, but this isn't going to happen. I don't like telling people when my birthday is, but I don't have the time unless something particularly lucky happens. And I don't want to rely on luck.
That said, I'm recovering pretty well from my financial disaster this year. New plans are in place that should make me very rich within 5-10 years at most. Most of my productive energy goes towards this goal. My new goal is to make a million by my next birthday. I will need to ramp things up into high gear, but it's possible without a doubt.
4. Become a relatively well known rapper
This one is going ok, and I think I am on track. I freestyle every day for an hour, and have been getting really good recently. I have a whole file filled with good lines I've come up with that are just waiting to be put into a song. I'm procrastinating working with DZK because I want our song to be great in case I don't get another one with him. I don't think this is necessarily a smart move, though.
Neil Strauss, a friend of mine who used to review music for the Rolling Stone and New York listened to my latest songs and said that he thinks I'm good enough to go pro. This is huge for me because he's always listened to my songs, pointed out the good and bad, but never said anything that made me think he thought I was good enough. I didn't want to ask, because I didn't want to pressure him to say yes.
I definitely have a lot of work to do here, but I'm making good progress overall.
5. Find and date one incredible girl OR date several great girls-
Ugh. Not much progress here at all. Not that I've met all that many great girls in clubs, but I haven't been going out recently. With no real job and no school, I meet almost no new girls on a regular basis. I find attracting them easy, but finding them nearly impossible.
Also, I'm pretty apathetic here, just like #2. I'd say that in any given week, there are two hours or so where I actively wish I had a girl with me. The rest of the time I just don't care. This is probably part of the problem. I'm going to call Tyler today and figure out when he's coming down to get me back up to speed.
6. Enlarge my social circle
Actually, I'm pretty happy with my progress here. I've made one new really cool friend who actually found me through my blog. I've also been spending more time with my old friends whose company I really enjoy. Even if my social circle isn't that much bigger, it is fuller.
7. Do something REALLY nice for someone or a group of people
I'll admit it... nothing to report here. I have a great idea for this, I just have to plan it.
How am I doing overall?
Honestly, I am not at all happy with my progress overall. I waste a tremendous amount of time. What's worse is that I'm conscious of it and do nothing to fix it. Maybe I'm being too hard on my self, but if I was on the outside watching me on a daily basis, I would immediately think "Man.. this guy is lazy".
Here's what I am happy about :
I guess that's not TOO bad for two months, but I know I can do a LOT better. In fact... F this... I have an idea and I'm going to continue in a new post.
I overslept on my earlier nap today. Ty calls and is like "are you sleeping, I'm coming over" I'm like "No, No, I'm always up", not feeling like taking a verbal berating in my fragile state. I think we both knew I was full of shit.
I thought I was done. I had no extra naps last night, and felt good throughout. But I slept right through the alarm this morning. I had turned down the volume on my computer to listen to some music and forgot to turn it back up before the nap. Also, I think I might be associating the wake up song with sleep now that I've had it waking me up 10+ times in 2 days. So now I have a presleep ritual:
1. Check volume
2. Check timer
3. Change the song.
September 11th, 2012. Taipei, Taiwan. Dante Coffee in Guting. 8:34AM
My inbox. Oh, I don't really like that subject line. Well, click it --
I hate to push back yet again, but I can hardly get anything done right now. Let me finish UI + client project first.
Also, my concentration is complete shit. This money thing still fucks me up.
And then, epiphany strikes, the lights come on, the darkness recedes, and all is clear.