Day 04/30

Day 4 of Unnit Metaliya's Challenge

Here again after having super awesome day.

Waking up wasn’t difficult. My eyes were open before alarm rang and it’s always fun to go back and utilize the left time in dozing off for a while. Those few minutes seem like a blessing in disguise. I took screenshot right after jumping out from bed. So yeah, 4:50 a.m. was the exact time to be precise.

This day was amazing. I started my day with reading a book ‘The Dip – A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)’ by Seth Godin. One of my favorite author. The book is all about when you should quit and when you should stick to any sort of things like business you are setting up, skills you want to develop, habit etc. What amazes me most about Seth Godin is his writing style. You would feel like ‘bring me more bring me more’ while reading his any blog post or a book.

After reading the book for a while, I cloned the old GitHub repository of AngularJS project and made some changes. Coded for couple of hours.

Around afternoon, a friend called for a hangout. I won’t deny the fact that the type of work I do gives me full of freedom. I can work whenever I wish and from wherever I wish. No time limits. No stress. Nothing. However, I still wanna do job somewhere to gain some experience as money is not my top priority at this point of time. But, Learning is.

In his book, Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vynerchuck (a successful businessman) once said, “In your 20s, focus on Learning. Not earning”. 

Now, coming back to the track. So, initially, I thought to deny the request of my friend as I was thinking to get started with newly arrived project. But, in conversation he mentioned that, please meet there’s one surprise! Now, you know human mind. Right? It’s our natural tendency towards surprises that builds some kind of instant urge which won’t let us be thoughtless from figuring out what it would be or what it might be. I had no other option than saying “Yes” as I was equally excited to meet him after many days and well not to forget the surprise!! I love surprises. (Who doesn’t?).

We met at the place where we used to meet and surprise was already there. It was our common friend. We haven’t seen her since like ages. It was indeed a surprise. It always feels amazing to meet your friends after long time. So, you know what, in case any of my old friend from any time or from anywhere, be it a school, college, old society or anywhere,  somehow ends up reading this post in the future, just hit me up! Let’s meet! You and me both don’t know how awesome and fun would reminiscing the memories and recalling our old crazy shit we have done together be.

All and all, this day was full of fun and me and my buddies altogether had a great time hanging out.

Tomorrow’s going to be super busy. I hope I don’t get any distractions.

To the productivity… Cheers! 😉


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Day 03/30

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I am here again. 🙂

This day was awesome. I went to sleep on time yesterday so no drowsiness in the morning while waking up. After getting refreshed, I took care of that ‘Most Important Thing First’ part of the challenge pretty seriously. I was positive and full of energy throughout the day. The pile of project is almost finished.

I am liking this change very much. Because I get to utilize the whole day much more efficiently. I don’t know how but if you are up when it’s still dawn, then you naturally feel like a responsible and disciplined person for the rest of the day.

I could not give AngularJS much time today as the pending project was my first and most important frog to eat today. Post completion the project I was as excited to get my hands dirty on AngularJS as a kid would be for playing video games right after school once he is done throwing the school bag at some corner. Yes, I was that kid. 😉

I took a nap…….just for 15 minutes. I swear!

This time, it was different than what I have described it yesterday. It was just 15 minutes still I felt like I woke up after sleeping for considerable hours. Power nap is the proper term for this case if you recover your cognitive consciousness back in its highest form. One should do this keeping in mind that those 15 minutes don’t end up being 100 minutes like yesterday. God! That’s horrible!

Bringing up the rear, it was amazingly productive day as it allowed me to get the pending work done. Total contradictory to yesterday!

I am signing off now.

Take Care 🙂

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Day 02/30

Day 2 of Unnit Metaliya's Challenge

Well, today it was tough!

I went to sleep around 12:45 a.m yesterday (today?) because I got indulged into some activity. Not so important, though. Only waking up earlier is not gonna help if you don’t get sufficient amount of sleep. And that is something which I experienced today.

I totally felt like what’s wrong with 30 more minutes?? No one will know! But, I would have felt guilty as I have challenged you guys to wake up exactly at 5:00 a.m or before that. I literally pushed myself up. After getting outside the bed I thought let’s go back again just for 10 minutes. Not more than that. But, then I thought about you people again!

I need to tell you that the idea of this challenge is helping me a lot. Because earlier, I used to say ‘Yes’ to this ‘Just 10 minutes’ thought without thinking twice and those 10 minutes used to turn out to be an hour or 2 hours or at worse sometimes even more than that. So, if you are also struggling with something for long time and procrastinating up on it all the time, then ‘publicly challenge’ it. 😀

I felt exhausted in the beginning itself and barely could control myself from falling asleep at some moments that I reluctantly had to take a small nap in between. Something I don’t want to do at all because personally, I find naps very much tactful. You think that you feel tired so let yourself take a nap and then you would feel energetic. But nothing happens as such. Still, you do it all the time. Strange! Damn you nap!

Besides, I could not get my hands on on the ‘Most Important Thing First’ part of my challenge. The project which currently is in pending stack needs to get completed as soon as possible and that is going to be my most important thing for tomorrow.

I don’t have much to say now but to wrap up I would say that this day could have been better.

I know no one’s reading yet since I did not share URL with anyone, but to my imaginary and future audience, I am gonna kill it tomorrow. 😎

‘Night world. 🙂

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Day 01/30

Day 1 of Unnit Metaliya's Challenge

Yes, I made it!

It wasn’t too difficult as I went to sleep earlier yesterday. I woke up before the alarm rang and went to sleep after realizing it. I think I was excited for this challenge! 😉

Let the screenshot say 5:03 but I was out of the bed before 4:45. It’s just idea of taking screenshots chucked later on.

I got myself refreshed up and came back to desk only to realize that the internet was down. Yeah, due to the heavy rain yesterday, there’s some problem with my ISP. Hell, internet was down for the whole day! I gotta tell you it’s too frustrating! I don’t know I feel like I have nothing to do if the internet is off.

As a matter of fact, it’s a strange conscience! For example, sometimes even if you got nothing to do with the internet and if it’s down then you would feel like you have many things to do and you won’t be able to do any of them as internet is down. You feel void. I don’t know about you but I feel like that sometimes. Internet-zoned??

However, I was lucky enough as one of my cousin is having unlimited 4G data plan. So, I used his hotspot for half of the day.

Today, I learned some new things related to AngularJS and went through the short stories I have written in past when I felt like taking a break in the evening.

The day was long, energetic and amazing as compared to those discipline-less days. I did not even take any nap. I did not feel like taking one. It’s true that when you are engaged in things which you love and interest you most, you don’t feel drowsy or bored. Programming is that thing for me.

A little thing which made me happy for a while today was text message from bank mentioning one of my client clearing an invoice.

All and all, it was productive and awesome day for me. A much-needed change!

3.3% challenge completed.

Long way to go.

Cheers! 😎

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Day 00/30

Productivity is something which, if mastered, can change your life completely.

The only purpose of this site is to document my life and improve my productivity. Yes, over time I have been lazy lad and kept procrastinating many of my important things which did not let me realize that it was affecting my growth, but it was.

Lately, my personal life have been discipline-less (see.! lame content with lame vocabulary.!). It isn’t fixed when I would wake up or when I would work. Sometimes I would wake up at 7 a.m in the morning and sometimes I go to sleep at the same time and my lunch becomes my breakfast. Most of the time later one which is something I want to change.

I have tried this in the past as well and was regular too. Sleeping early at night and rising early for the day. And if you haven’t tried this ever then I gotta tell you, it’s simply amazing! You accomplish a lot of things and you would be having insane amount of energy and excitement throughout the whole day.

In fact, world’s most successful people rise early every day…

  • Ferrari’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne, wakes up at 3:30 a.m..!
  • Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, wakes up at 4:30 a.m.
  • Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, wakes up at 4:30 a.m.
  • Starbucks’ CEO, Howard Scultz, wakes up at 4:30 a.m
  • Cisco’s CTO, Padmasree Warrior, wakes up at 4:30 a.m.
  • AOL’s CEO, Tim Armstrong, wakes up at 5:00 a.m.
  • General Motor’s CEO, Dan Akerson, wakes up at 5:00 a.m.
  • Chairman of Virgin Airlines, Richard Branson, wakes up at 5:45 a.m.

This is the proof that there is something to do with waking up early. In fact, if you try this thing then you won’t need any proof. You will experience it by yourself. I can say this because I have experienced it in the past.

However, at this moment, it would be completely ironic if I suggest this as for last couple of days, I rarely went to sleep before 3-4 a.m. I would get involved in some work or develop some useless thoughts without having proper statement of purpose. Watching stand-ups on YouTube and killing my time by scrolling through Quora or Reddit.

There were some nights as well in which I worked till dawn and completed projects. I would make strong black coffee which would not let my eyes blink and provide great deal of concentration, open editor and start working. No disturbance or distractions at all. Ticking of clock sounds like louder bangs! Key-strokes sound crazy! I love it. Totally. It is something to which I am habited since long time. But, it is needed to be changed!

Hence, I am taking a plunge to 30 Days Challenge of waking up daily at 5:00 a.m.

Tomorrow, I embark upon this 30-Days Challenge. The main things which I want to achieve with this challenge are:

  • Self-Discipline: No matter how hard you work but if you don’t follow system and there is no discipline then the outcome would be different for sure. Sometimes the work you do for 5 hours and still could not complete can be achieved in just 2 hours if discipline is followed.
  • 0 Procrastination: This sucks! It really do. Just 10 minutes and then I will start, let me take a little nap and then I will start, today I will do this and this I will do tomorrow. I wanna kill that ‘will’.
    0 Procrastination! That’s what I want.
  • Most Important Thing First: In his book, “Eat That Frog!” (Don’t take the name literally. It’s self-development book!), author Biran Tracy says, the greatest thing you can do right after waking up is, get your hands on on the most important thing first. Eat the most important frog first and then go for other frogs. I am having this bad habit of checking WhatsApp right after breakfast and that is not important at all. In fact, sometimes it totally ruined my day. No Quora for 2 minutes, No Facebook for 1 minute, nothing else even for 5 seconds. Just the most important thing!
  • Self-Satisfaction: When I go to sleep, if I haven’t done anything important in a whole day, I don’t feel satisfied. I don’t want to feel the same. I wish this challenge will give me the energy to accomplish the things which make me satisfied when I go to sleep.

From tomorrow onward, I will write one post per day for the series of 30 days. I will highlight how difficult it was, what I did during the day, how I felt and few other things in each post.

I want to see whether these 30 days are going to bring any better results in my life or not. If it won’t, then I would continue with my normal discipline-less life but as far as I think, most probably, it won’t be the case.

I am a programmer and instead of 1, our numbers start with 0. So this was the Day #0 and tomorrow is going to be my Day #1 for this challenge. Let’s see what happens!


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