Reading Project Update

My first project, the reading project, is going very well.

I’ve already finished three of the intended books, and have two more left (10 days to the end of the month). The good books make me go beyond my intended hour and a half a day, and I finish the books earlier than planned, which is good. In fact, at the moment, I’m reading three books, one fiction, two non-fiction, so I might conclude the grace period with six completed books.

An hour and a half is not that much to invest a day, but sometimes it was hard for me to sit down and turn on my kindle. It made me postpone the reading, and there were maybe two days when I just gave up because I was too tired. It’s risky in a way that it shows a lack of discipline. It’s a slippery slope. You begin with a day or two, and end up giving up altogether. I don’t want it.

I think I should try a system of fixed hours. I’ll do it from next month on.

Reading fiction is one thing. Reading non-fiction is sometimes harder. You read non-fiction, most of the time, when you want to learn something. I talk about text books and guides, which I love to the point of obsession. I’ve always wanted to understand mathematics better, so now I have books about what I find very intruiging: proofs and logic. You can’t get more non-fiction than that. I think that’d be my Project #2.

And good luck to me. I’m a student now.

 

 

 

 

Going Back to College at 30

I’m 30, and I’m going back to college. I am not ashamed, and I don’t see anything wrong with it. I’m the last guy to ever be embarrassed by going back to school.

My ability to study and process new information is still solid, and I’m even better at studying than high school me.

I have no other commitments, except, of course, my little projects, past and future, so I thought to myself that I better do it, and do it now. I have the money, I have the brain, but do I have the discipline?

I could nail college, if and only if I stick to a certain plan, a plan that has already proved itself to me as useful and smart. I’m talking about a system of studying, on which I’ll write more when the time comes.

Why college? Why not just read a book? Well, for practicality. You need self-discipline, you have exams and assignments to test your knowledge and your commitment to a schedule, and you get grades and a diploma which will buy you the trust of others.

I’ll do it slowly, and base myself first. Again, the goal is to not tire myself. Next semester (March) I’m taking Physics I. The semester after – Calculus. I know it should be the other way around, sue me.

I think college will challenge me. I have a month to get ready for a subject that is new to me, a month.

I’ll create a schedule for the month before the opening of next semester to the end of next semester. I’ll have it ready by next weekend. The goal is to stick to it religiously, and hopefully it’ll give me success.

The books are waiting on my desk, so I better go and see what I got myself into.

How’s “Project #1” so far?

It’s been two days and it’s going well. I’m actually about to finish a book, but it’s only because it’s the weekend. We better the progress during next week.

Project #1: Read 50 Books Before 2018

I love reading, but I don’t get to do it much. It’s not because I lack the time, but because I don’t do the first and importent step of taking a book and reading a page, because I lack self-discipline, a merit I’ll have.

I want to be well-read, and for that I need to, well, read. I have a kindle, and a few books waiting for me to read them. My first mission will be to create a system. With reading it’s not much of a deal. It’s a simple and easy task.

First, I turn a project into a sub-project. There are five books waiting to be read by me, and I will finish the last of them by the end of march.

My capacity: I read 0.6 page a minute. That’s 36 pages in an hour. If an average book has 320 pages, it’s 8.88 hours per book 320 pages long.  Five books is 44.4 hours.  I have 43 days to read five books, so how much should I invest?

The goal is to read without tiring myself. Investing an hour and a half a day (about 54 pages)  for reading is a good start, and that’s what I’ll do as from today.

The books I choose are well known classics:

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  2. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  4. The Prince by Machiavelli
  5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

I’ll divide the reading process. I’ll read an half and hour, break, another half an hour, break, and so on. It’s not that I don’t enjoy a book, because I do, and I’ll probably ignore the breaks once things get interesting. It’s important I don’t tire myself, and I want to make sure I follow my own rules.

That’s it for today. I wish me luck.

 

 

 

Beating Procrastination

Hello readers,

I assume that in a week or more I’ll have a few.

This blog is about me and my daily and life-long struggle with procrastination. I have many, many projects to complete and many things I’d like to accomplish, and I have the time and the drive, but alas, I can’t seem to make any progress.

How come I can’t get over procrastination and live a productive life? What the fuck is wrong with me? What good is my drive, if my life is unproductive and unfulfilled and it doesn’t take me anywhere?

I want to develop self-discipline and self-trust, and turn my life around. My goal is to become a broadminded, well-read, edcuated person. It’s not that I’m an ignorant villager, it’s just that I could accomplish so much more, and doind the stuff you want to do is mostly fun.

I don’t know it because I was told to. I do it because I love expending my knowledge and learning new stuff.

Once I have all my attempts open for everyone to see, I’m sure I’ll have more motivation to actually do something with my inert life. I’d feel much obliged when I know I’m being scrutinized.

I want to share my experience, and if there’s any success, to have others learn from it.