If you go to a touristic place, the locals will try to make their living by selling souvenirs and show generally not much interest in you. In less popular places though, the locals will be excited to learn about your culture and are incredibly happy to meet you (given you have the right attitude and show them respect).
Now you probably all know this, so the purpose of this thread is not to educate anyone about this. It is rather a call to you to share these kind of great places here with our community. To bring it down to one sentence: Please tell us about a great place youve been to, that isnt popular at all. I maintain a list with places I want to visit and I imagine this thread might be able to bring up great additions to it!
It makes sense that I kickstart this thread with one of the greatest travel experiences I ever had.
Last year I was working in Shanghai. During October the WHOLE COUNTRY gets a one week national holiday. Imagine 1.4 billion Chinese either trying to visit their families or travelling within China. This is total overkill for public transportation and every touristic destination.
Inspired by Tynan’s „Love Work“ post I want to kick off a series of changes to my life to drastically enhance my productivity. Its always a good thing to reflect your days while doing these kind of projects so I was thinking to start a blog, but then I realized SETT is quite perfect for that. So here I am, documenting my progress! Im surprised Im the first doing this :)
So how am I? I’m a 23 year old German that just graduated from university. Although I had the best GPA of my graduation year (Small group though, something like 80 people. Im from a small University.) I decided not to look for a job like my fellow students. While I was studying abroad in South America and working as an intern in China, I fell in love with travelling and being fully in charge of my life. So since 1 month Ive been working on writing a guide book in German for students that would like to go abroad as well. After that Id like to start my own business.
Unfortunately I have troubles working hard at home. There are so many distractions, that I am barely able to get more than 4 hours work done on a good day. Im not working on weekends and because of that Im usually super unproductive on Mondays too. Damn it!! So I have decided its time to do something about it.
When not working, Im well aware of failing my goals. Ive noticed Im doing two things to deal with the guilt: Watching TV shows/Surf on the web and eating fast food. Lowering my consciousness like that helps in the short term to make me feel better, but of course that’s not what I really want. To prevent falling in that trap, I want to cut these things out for at least 3 months. I know this will be hard in the beginning, but Im hoping that my preferences will have changed at the end so I can easily maintain it. I already blocked all time wasting web sites with a browser plugin and deleted all TV shows and movies from my HD. My fridge is stocked with healthy veggies and fruits and my girlfriend agreed to cook vegan for me the next few months. So far so good.
My goal is to work 60 hours a week. While that’s not remotely as extreme as Tynan suggests in his post, its still a 300% increase of the 20 hours a week Im doing currently. Since Im doing sports every day and am also living with my girlfriend, 60 hours is as good as it can get for now. Im intending on working 10 hours on weekdays and about 5 hours on Saturday/Sunday to maintain the daily habit.
I can always focus best on work when Im listening to music. I put in my Shure SE535 which are GREAT for focus. When you put them in, you cant hear a thing around you anymore and really get sucked into your work (they basically work like really really good earplugs, besides being earphones). For me this works best in combination with also listening to music.
I found for ultimate focus its best to listen to music without lyrics, that is also full of energy at the same time, such as Spanish guitar music or electronic music.
Some recommendations: Paul Kalkbrenner, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Taalbi Brothers, Rodrigo y Gabriela
Feel free to share your recommendations, Im especially interested in internet radio stations that play this type of music with no interruptions.
Following Sebastians suggestion I read that book and I think it was absolutely amazing. The path to self-control and modesty is very appealing to me, so this was a very inspiring read. I think its a little bit like minimalism, not just in terms of materialistic possessions, but for all areas of life (striving to get what you want vs. striving to want less) Do you guys know any other books that share or teach these philosophies (fiction/non-fiction)?
Im running with the Sony Nex setup recommended by Tynan. Now it seems all camera bag solutions are either very poor quality or a bad fit for travel (too big for various reasons). Now this goes out to everyone that owns a 4/3 mirorless camera: Which bag did you choose? In short it should look awesome, fit the camera with attached lens and provide reasonable protection.
Looks like youre doing great so far :) Keep going!
Hey I know that Sebastian is highly recommending to listen to audio books. I prefer to listen to non-fiction books. Unfortunately its quite difficult to find good recommendations for them on the internet. So if you like to listen to audio books: What are your all time favourites? Cheers!
At this point I just feel like writing… why is it important? Because I think by writing every day I will get better at expressing my thoughts and sharing them with others. I will become better at convincing others or rather I will become better at communicating exactly what I want to say. It could convince others but others could also disagree with it - however, at least they would know exactly what I wanted to say. This is a common problem for me to make myself understood.
Another benefit of writing every day is it causes me to do self-reflection. That means I wouldnt be unconscious for too long and get lost in doing nonsense. Another benefit is I can better keep track of what helps me and whats not.
In summary this writing every day thing sounds just genius. Only benefits can be gained. Today is my first day and I set up everything in a matter of seconds. Props to SETT! Tomorrow will be
Its not easy to follow through, when acquiring new habits. In a moment of full consciousness you decide to change a part of your life for the better. The improvement could for example be in the area of diet. However, once you lost that higher state of consciousness and you stand in front of a McDonalds, it is hard to forget about why you dont want to eat that burger now. The "now-self" is taking over reason.
I actually write this for my girlfriend so she would know how to help me in this particular type of situation, which really is quite common. The natural but wrong approach is to argue against it. "You shouldnt eat that, its not healthy". However, this excludes her from my team. Its me against her. I hate giving in and usually I will do what I want. The problem is that in this case I still dont get what I really want! By separating herself from me, I will completely forget that Im actually working against myself.
I might argue with her and if I obtain the permission to eat the fast food from my girlfriend, I usually will. However, this is silly as the real judge is not her but me. And if I really want to aquire a new habit then of course my real me wouldnt agree with this decision. However, I will completely forget about this in favour of the opinion of my girlfriend! So when my girlfriend is around Im actually more likely to fail on my habits!
How can this be turned around? I guess the best way is a general indifference to my behaviour combined with a short reminder of what I really want. If I say "Lets go and eat fast food" the best response would be "We can go if you want, however, will this really serve your goals? Is this what you really want? Or is this just a weak moment?"
Never should there be any argument, as an argument will just separate her from my team and make me forget about my real me. The general idea is that I become aware that in that moment Im not my real self. Thats the best any external person could do to help someone changing a habit!