Since I restarted the activity on this blog, a few weeks ago, I managed to write two extensive posts. One about my top 13 iPhone applications, which slowly become one of my most popular posts, and one about an online GTD system, 43actions.com. Both posts were fun to write, and fun to read, according to my stats.
But during my Easter holiday I realized that in the last month I only wrote two posts. It’s not much. To be honest, is almost nothing. When I restarted the blog, my intention was to make it at least what it used to be after I left it, in August 2007, and that was a good resource for GTD and productivity techniques.
So, I decided to start a personal challenge, as part of my personal development strategy. I want to write a post per day, starting from now, until July 30th this year. That will make 90 posts for 90 days. The main reason for doing this is to get back on my writing speed track, which seems to be lost somewhere in translation.
The main topics will not change, I will still write about GTD, productivity techniques, achieving and maintaining success, mind mapping, Mac and iPhone, and all the other topics that made this blog quite popular last year. The challenge is not to have 90 database entries with some random text, but to blog about my thoughts, experiences and know-how in a consistent way.
I had 90 days challenges before, and I have to say that they are a very effective method for changing habits. I was trying at the beginning of this year to create a micro-habit related to my personal view of the world, which involved several short reading sessions during the day. The reading consisted in 3-4 short motivational sentences and my purpose was to seed some new attitude in my behavior. I did this for 90 days, each day, regardless of the specific context in which I happened to be. The results were good enough to make me try this again.
The challenge method is quite used in many personal development courses. Also, some popular blogs use this extensively, such Steve Pavlina’s 30 days raw food diet challenge.
So, here I am. And yes, that post count as number one in the series :-).
Running For My Life - from zero to ultramarathoner
The spooky thing about depression is that it sneaks in. There aren’t really trumpets and loud voices announcing: “Hail, hail, this is depression entering the room, all rise!” Nope. It’s slow, silent, creepy. It doesn’t even look like depression. It starts with small isolation thoughts like: “Maybe I shouldn’t get out today, I just don’t feel like going out”. And then it does the same next day. And then the day after that and so on. And then it starts to whisper louder and louder in your ears: “Why would you go outside, you loser? Didn’t have enough yet? Want more people to make fun of how much of a big, fat loser you are?”
And then you start to breath in guilt and shame, instead of air. Every breathe you take is putting more dark thoughts into your body.
Until you get stuck. You can’t move anymore. At all.
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