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Nudging: Thoughts After a Podcast

I have been listening to TED Radio Hour during the weekends on the car or on the way to the track, and I can't tell you how it has made my life more enriching. I start my day by listening to creative solutions to societal issues that I never considered before. Before, I hated going on the car because I would try to read a book or look at flashcards but it wasn't good for my eyes. Listening to podcasts was never a consideration until I decided to switch up my Spotify choices.
A recent one that I enjoyed was about nudging and how tiny actions result in big consequences, such as how bad habits form. I was able to relate a lot to the issues about cravings and desires, such as eating a lot of food. The psychiatrist's suggestion was to be curious about what you experience during that moment and think of what you feel, smell, taste, etc. I have to admit, when I eat pastries or chocolate (which is a daily habit now), I don't really take a step back and pay attention to my body…
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Things Are Slightly Getting Better

I know that my posts can be quite trivial and irrelevant because I post on a consistent basis, but I like to post blogs not for the views, but to reflect on my life and my journey of self-improvement. Yes, I doubt that people actually care about my tiny snack problems and that is okay. Of course, that is not to dismiss viewers that enjoy my blogs (which I hope). Blogging is more like a medium to talk to myself or to an invisible person on the internet.

Remember the previous post where I was pretty fed up with my cravings for snacks? Since I was tired of it, I tried to not eat them for a day and see how things went. During the morning, it was a struggle. I would whine about how hungry I was in my head. I ate apples instead of Pocky sticks. I wouldn't say that apples taste better than Pocky sticks but at least I wouldn't be in the trap of making myself guilty. I guess I felt like I had more freedom and liberated from these monsters (okay, monster may be a hyperbole). It wasn'…

My Struggle: Food

I stepped on the scale right after vacation, and I was a bit concerned because I gained weight. Ok, maybe I ate so much food from vacation that I gained 2 kilograms, but it was something I shouldn't ignore. This is a habit I see myself doing. I see a yummy snack in the pantry, which is usually chocolate. Something inside of me gets triggered (no, not being mad triggered). I have a cue that tells me to enter a routine, which is indulging on sweets. The reward I get recently is the satisfying long time it takes to eat a single Pocky stick by slowly nibbling off the chocolate (which you may find relatable or strange).
Despite tracking what I eat, it seems that nothing works, even if I exercise every day. I think I still eat snacks because of the any benefit logical fallacy, which is you try to find any tiny benefit to justify this action, even if the negative sides outweigh the benefits. This term was originally coined by Cal Newport regarding social media, but I think I can apply i…

Update on Digital Minimalism

I am sorry, readers, but some things aren't working out when I came back home. After skimming some parts of Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit, he mentions a really important part of habit. When you go back to your old environment where you fostered this old habit, which is usually bad, you might go back to this old habit. I am back home and not completely the same in a good way. I no longer feel the urge to sneakily use other computers to read blogs or check my email an extra time. I don't have the compulsion to check the news. But still, I can be distracted.  When I did this in the hotel room, I had little distractions. Well, the main reason is because I didn't need a computer except for blogging. It was either finish a book or do nothing. Because I was on vacation, I didn't need to do any academic work on the computer. Now, I have to use the computer for work and school. The small urges to search up this thing, can end up sucking up some time. Although it may r…

When Should You Give Up?

Ever since we are little, we are told to never give up, no matter how hard it may seem. However, there are be exceptions. Recently, I have felt unmotivated when I was practicing for the AMC 10, a math competition that most participate in. For quite a while, I didn't exactly enjoy math because I got most questions wrong. Then, I would get mad myself and over time, my self confidence was worse than before. However, I still persevered and practiced for the AMC. It was like banging my head against the wall over and over again. Ok, I did improve compared to last year, but I was nowhere close to achieving the next round. Why? I was confused if quitting was a bad thing, especially because I heard a lot of times that quitters never win. I needed time for reflection. In fact, I should have re-evaluated myself a long time ago.
I read Barking Up the Wrong Tree during Thanksgiving break both for fun and to learn something, but I didn't sit down for an hour and ask myself these questions. …

New Year, New You

2019 is coming up, and that means new goals for yourself. Unfortunately, most New Year resolutions don't work out. But don't lose hope. I will mention some useful applications on your computer that can boost your productivity. I hope that some of these applications/extensions are new to you and can help you. After using these applications, I am more focused and usually check distracting activities once a day during the weekdays. On the weekends, I might cheat and check distracting websites more than I should be, but my relationship with the computer definitely has improved.

StayFocusd: This chrome extension is a good starter. After using the maximum amount of time allowed per day for the blocked sites, StayFocusd blocks them. There is also a nuclear option, which can block every single website or all websites except for allowed ones. The problem with StayFocusd is that it only works on Google Chrome, and if you still feel tempted to watch YouTube, you can technically go on othe…

The 30 Day Digital Declutter Experiment

Like most weekends, I would passively consume information by surfing the internet about stupid things, like the news. I would feel drained, exhausted, and confused why I even used the computer in the first place. Sometimes, I felt like I was controlled by the computer. This would consume around 3 hours of my entire week. I would beat myself up, wondering why was I wasting time on things that really didn't matter. I was sick of it and wanted a better life.
Inspired by Cal Newport, I started participating in the 30-day digital declutter experiment on December 26th, 2018. Cal Newport's idea about digital minimalism comprises 3 parts. The first part was to take a break from optional technologies. Although I don't use social media, which is an optional technology that Newport criticizes the most, some other optional technologies I do includes reading blogs, watching YouTube, searching random things online, and messaging with my friends. The second part was to identify what real…