Self-Discipline Challenge – Week 1 After Restart

Alright, first week since restarting has passed and it’s time to see what kind of results the first week yielded – I can say right off the cuff that while the improvement over recent weeks was distinct, overall it was very modest, especially compared to last year. I need to improve vastly to even reach those levels. With that being said, let’s delve into the numbers.

Daily goals completed 1 / 5

Morning routines completed 4 / 7

Evening routines completed 4 / 7

Points scored 38

Not perfect indeed, anything but. Every day I managed positive points despite being at lowest nearly 70 points on the negative side on some days, due to indulging in my vices. I ended up not tracking my work that well, so no hourly reports. The most miserable thing of course here is that I didn’t even manage to complete fairly simple daily goals, not until Friday when I absolutely had to complete my goal, just to not make rising back from negative points impossible. Which is actually what I’m facing today as well – I just like digging myself into trouble.

Still, it’s a start and a step towards better direction. Despite only lowly 38 points, it actually was my 4th best week of the year. While it just tells that my year has been pathetic so far, it still points to me slowly getting back from the rut I’ve been in.

So in the end, my weekly goal didn’t get completed. Thus my weekly goal for this week is completion of 3 stories and further progress on my book project.

Daily goals:

Monday: Finish one Fiverr article + publish this post

Tuesday: Finish the long overdue story and start two others, picked from brainstormed ideas or started from scratch.

Wednesday: Add 1000 words to the book and another thousand to one of the stories.

Thursday: Finish the second story of the week, and add further 1000 words on the book.

Friday: Finish the third story, and add 1000 words to the book.

2 Responses to “Self-Discipline Challenge – Week 1 After Restart”

  1. perreo May 20, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Hi, I’m a writer based out of Afferden, Netherlands and I discovered your site via Would you have any advice for those exploring blogging? I’m planning to launch my own page soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Could you suggest starting out with a free platform like Textpattern or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m quite overloaded.
    .. Any tips?

    • Jarkko Helenius May 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

      Well, I’m by no means an expert or an authority regarding this, and you’re right, there’s so much options, but I can say tell you this advice…

      Experiment! There’s no need necessarily to get any paid platform or even a site of your own if you can do the same thing with a free service. Before establishing my blog, I wrote just on Google+, which is great cause you can make your posts public, have high control of them and its succinct if you’re just writing. However in the end, as you can see I went for my own page.

      Another awesome free alternative is – Seriously I’d suggest you check it out.

      Make sure you can stick it out and grind the work every day or at least regularly via free platform before investing money into it. If you, in the end realize that your free option is lacking some features go for some other option. In the end you might end up deciding G+ or Glipho or Textpattern you mentioned are perfectly fine for what you do. Important things in nutshell are:
      1) It has the features you need (and you will only realize it through experimentation – you try, and then either come up with a feature you need and then look for something that has that feature.
      2) You can post publicly – you don’t want to limit your audience.

      That’s my two cents, hope it made any sense.

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