The Essence of Being

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Embracing Action

Today I was thinking about the connection between action and motivation. In the past, I have spent a lot of time procrastinating on things that were at least ostensibly important. While doing my IB Diploma and for my first couple of years at University I had the toughest time getting started on stuff. Busywork would occupy my day until I got home, ate, watched some youtube videos and read some blogs. At this point I would realize that I would have to stay up late to do my work for the next day, and I would do just that. Ironically, losing sleep makes you lose willpower and attention, so in a sense it is a self-perpetuating cycle of inaction. Even now, I get caught up in "One more article" or "I'll just check my email and Twitter feed and Facebook one more time" or "I wonder if there have been any interesting posts on Reddit in the last five minutes."

This being said, I have improved a lot in my ability to accomplish things that I want to and the biggest change that I have made is simply to take action on these things. Getting started and working when I don't feel like it or for longer than I feel like. Of course this is helped by maintaining basic conditions for my own success, notably:

-Trying to get enough sleep every night, I aim for around 9 hours but will sleep 10 when I can

-Eating relatively healthy foods, in enough quantity. It helps greatly to prepare meals in advance

-Exercising a few times a week to keep my attention and feeling of well-being up

Getting Engaged

On Tynan

I couldn't believe that it was already time for dinner. Despite the fact that it was almost one hundred degrees in my RV, the kind of heat that ensures that my shirt is permanently damp, the time had flown by. Four hours had passed since I last consciously checked the time.Still, as hungry as I was, I didn't want to shut the lid on my computer. I sat back and looked at my work. I'd been so entranced by the details of it that I hadn't yet taken a second to see how everything had come together.

I felt amazing. But more than just feeling good, I felt that deep sense of warm satisfaction that few things besides achievement can create. I had spent the past hours fully engaged in the moment, challenging myself and creating something. I could sleep with the knowledge that the day had been used well. I knew that the next morning I'd wake up, remember how much progress I had mode, and could use that momentum to forge ahead.

A few weeks ago I saw Star Trek in the movie theater. I'm not a huge Star Trek fan, and in fact have never actually seen an episode, but I liked the movie. I wasn't bored once, which is a rare movie-going experience for me. I had fun.

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