Habits

2018 November Review and December goals

Even though I caught up with my schedule in the first half of the month, frequent vacations disrupted it in the second half. But I could still make some progress overall.
Review of November
 
1.Thought tracker
 
I was busy and could not really do the entire day thought tracker. But at the end of the day, I brainstormed my issues and sorted them in priority order. This helped me resolve a lot of issues running through my mind.
 
2.Meditation
 
I failed in meditating for 30 continuous days. Even though I sat for meditation, I could not really control my thoughts. I need to skeleton it to even smaller step to make this a habit.
 

  1. Books

 
Even though I didn’t follow the exact schedule, I could read well in the first half.
 
Attached
 
It was similar to the other books I read on this topic. Since it was repetitive, I didn’t have the motivation to complete it.
 
The relationship cure
 
This book has given me another way to classify people which helps me connect with the initial classification of hormones. Apart from that too, it talks about how to have satisfying relationships.
 
The four hour body
I like the logic mentioned in the book. But it wasn’t practical enough. Even worse, it might not work for everyone. Also, it was not a sustainable way to approach life.
 
Imagine
 
I didn’t learn any new concepts on creativity. But he explained the old concepts with examples from real lives. This made the book interesting.
 
Deep Nutrition
 
I haven’t read much of this book. But whatever I read so far, felt very profound.
 
4.Language Learning
 
Target

  • One word a day – Initially, I could not stick to it. I was picking up words from my surroundings. Later I realised that I could use an app to learn one phrase a day. This helped me to stick with the goal.
  • Listen to one song – I downloaded a song from the movie I watched and learned words from it.
  • Watch one movie – I watched Kathayondu Suruvagide. This movie helped me realise that most of the words in Kannada were either in Telugu or Tamil. It is just the verbs which are different.

 
From the above exercise, I realised that learning a word is different from speaking. When I try to communicate with the locals, the default language I speak in is Tamil. I need to learn to frame the sentences in Kannada and consciously speak in that.
 
5.Writing
 
I got back to writing on Quora. Also, I added 2000 more words to my book.
 

Plans for December

 
A few incidents in November made me realise that I run so much on routines that I have become inflexible to any unforeseen changes. Even though living in an auto-pilot mode makes you go a step closer to success, it is highly detrimental to overall success in life because life is all about twists and turns. You need to know how to still get your work done even if everything goes upside down.
 
In this month, I don’t want to learn anything new. I want to wrap up things and get set for the next year.
 
1.Reading and Writing
 
I read a lot of books this year but then I left a lot of them halfway. It’s easier to start new books. The tough part is completing the book and implementing what I learnt in it. It might not be possible to go through all the books again but I will do how much ever I can and publish a book review for at least a few.
 
2.Speak in Kannada
 
Only when I start speaking, it counts that I am learning the language. I want to speak at least a word daily. I don’t feel that connect with Kannada, the way I feel for Tamil. May be it comes with time.
 
3.Dance
 
Easiest way to work out for longer times and sure shot way to lose weight. Starting with 10 minutes a day, I want to increase it slowly.
 
That’s all for December.
 
How was your November? What are your plans for December?
 
Happy December!
 

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