A Germinating Seed

Thoughts about the Pandora's Box that is (My) Life


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One of the things that I absolutely love about Cal is that there are amazing people here. We have esteemed faculty. We have brilliant students. Robert Reich teaches here (I'm in his class)!!

So, in my time here, I've met a lot of people and made a lot of friends.

But, when you meet and see a lot of people on a daily basis, it makes it hard to keep lasting relationships and friendships. On top of that, we're full-time students, so there's just not a lot of time to hang out with people whenever you want.

In high school, because we were high schoolers, I lost friendships because we didn't spend enough time with each other. We just drifted apart. And that's one of the reasons why you don't keep a lot of your high school friends in college. You don't see each other, so there's no obligation to hang out with each other and be friends.

However, I'm trying a new thing.

Detailed Analysis of My Current Time/Habit/Life Tracking


One of the things I've gotten tremendous amounts of mileage out of it is tracking my time, habits, and life each day.

To put it simply - I now realize it's impossible to understand how your life is going without some careful observation. There's a lot of time each day, and knowing where that time goes, what you ate, what you did and didn't do... it's almost impossible to get a good picture of your life without some kind of measuring.

I'm going to you my newest tracking template, and then I'll give some analysis. Before I start though, I'd like to share a quote -

“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.” -John Gall

Thus, if you want to track your time, please do not attempt to track 20 things at once, because it's unlikely to work. I started very simply, as I described in "The Evolution of My Time/Habit/Life Tracking" - I'd recommend you read that post if you want to do something like this.

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