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My Daily Routine

For most of my life I operated without a daily routine. I would have an idea of what needed to be done every day, and how I should be living my life, but there was little consistency between my days. Around a year ago I started working on building a daily routine, and I've been surprised to find that I like it more than running free. I prefer it because I can focus my decision-making on important things, rather than minutiae, and I can optimize my routine as I go, rather than starting from scratch every day.

I generally wake up between nine and eleven in the morning, usually pretty close to ten. I don't set an alarm because I've noticed that being well slept is one of the biggest influences on daily performance. Waking up an hour earlier by alarm can reduce my ability to focus by half. Not worth it.

As soon as I wake up, I set a timer for five minutes and I meditate. I've only been doing this for a month, and haven't noticed any benefits yet, but I expect it to be a long term investment, not a short term one. The five minutes goes by fast.

Immediately after meditating, I weigh in on my withings scale, brush my teeth, and put water on for tea. Usually I drink Samovar's Green Ecstasy, but I've been drinking Breakaway Matcha's 99 and 100 recently, and I'll occasionally drink a Taiwanese Oolong. I drink tea early because the blend of caffeine, theanine, and whatever else is in tea, helps me focus. I can actually feel the difference when I don't have tea. The effect wears off after a couple hours, but it's a nice way to jump start work early.

Bio vs. Stat. Switching Up Math.

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If you remember, I am trying to learn something new everyday. I have a list of big projects, and I choose 3 of them to work on at a time. Everyday I alternate between them, hoping to accomplish some progress every week. Unfortunately, I have barely gotten time this last week and will probably get less in the weeks to come. As a result, I'm going to reduce the amount of work to do.

First of all, I don't think I am too motivated to learn Bio. It's a fascinating subject, but learning on it on my own means a lot of memorization - exactly why I hated it in middle school. For this reason I'm going to switch from Biology to Statistics (got a free textbook from work). I could now not be more math-centric; the three big projects I'll be working on are Algebra, Statistics, and Computer Science.

Because I need to reduce the amount of work to do, I should come up with a Study Plan for every week. Let's first outline what I want to complete every week (including reading):

Read minimum of 350 pages every week (50 pages a day).

Finish two weeks in Coursera.

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