Thursday, 11 May 2017

"Put your head down and work" - Vaynerchuk

Warning: Vulgarity 

I’m knee deep in Vaynerchuk’s videos at the moment. Some say that he’s very difficult to listen to, probably because he curse a lot. I don't agree on everything he says, but I love him! He’s very direct and he doesn’t take excuses. Which is what I should be doing right now: don’t feed into the excuses Anis! 

“Nobody gives a fvck if you’re the captain of the lacrosse team, the fvck does that have to do with anything? You’re 22 years old and you’re at zero. shut your fvcking mouth, execute for 18 months and stick it up to everyone”.

That just grounded me into reality for once in my life. That’s the phrase that I’ve been needing all this while. 

Put your head down. Work. Execute. 

Everything I’m doing right now; the research, body hacking experiments, rebranding this blog, and just learning in general is based on that whole principle. Of keeping my head down, self-teaching as much as I can, and just purely execute. I’ve always been handed things my whole life, it’s time to break free of that. Time to hustle.

Today’s pretty productive by my standard. Managed to cover a few aspects of my research, prayed on time, snuck in 30 minutes of French. But... I woke up late and biphasic is still a big fail, gonna try sleeping on the couch tonight and see how that goes.

Have a productive week! (or whatever's left of it)

Later gators,

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Weekly Wrap Up: Trials and All Errors

Assalamualaikum hello friends!

As the title suggests this is my weekly wrap up for the body and lifestyle hacking I’ve been trying last week. Since it’s the first week of trials therefore I am proud to announce that they’ve mostly resulted into errors. One thing I managed to tick off last week though is putting up a blog post on ways to read more. Do read it if you’re struggling to sneak in reading fiction or non-academic materials into your daily regimes. Two failures for last week are definitely biphasic sleep and 5-hour rule dedicated for french. 

1) Biphasic sleep
I have a problem. I’m very nocturnal. It is the time when I’m most active and inspired. But once I sleep, it can turn into a 12 hours sleep during the day. When I wake up, I invest too much time thinking and less doing. My brain fires up with a lot of planning and thinking, with very minimal executing. It has improved a lot when I started the bullet journal, and recently meal prepping (now I don’t have to spend so much time cooking). I’m convinced biphasic sleep will help me get more things done. I was supposed to sleep at 12 and wake up at 4.30 AM. Here’s the thing: I COULD NOT SLEEP AT 12. It just didn’t work, even in the dark. I end up just staring into the abyss of darkness and fall asleep at 2.30, and waking up at 12pm the next day. dammit. 

So here’s the new pattern and action plan that i’ll be trying this week. Force sleep at 10.00PM for 4.5 hours, wake up at 2.30 AM to get some reading done (and sneak in tahajjud). I can go out for a morning run after subuh. Then a 90 minutes nap at 10 AM, wake up just in time for Zohor. If you’ve seen the way I sleep, you’ll be questioning this schedule. Because girl when I sleep, I really just sleep. No alarm could wake me up. Or I’d wake up, say things to Amira, fall back asleep and have no recollection of our conversation. lol. 

2) 5-hour rule for French
All I did was watch some videos in French. No hours were dedicated to seriously learn. Arghhh where’s your execution Anis?! Okay so here’s what we need, a fixed hour. When am I free across the 7 days in a week? Let’s try this one out:

Saturday & Sunday - 2-3 PM = 2h
Monday to Friday - 2.30 - 3 PM = 3h 

And don’t forget to read for 1/2 h before bed :) 

That’s our action plan for this week! Let’s see what happens. Don’t let the failures of the past consume you. 

Later gators, 


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Sneaky ways to read more

More isn’t exactly quantifiable. That’s because it’s subjective. Especially for those of you studying arts, political science, social science and all dem degrees that REQUIRES you to read a s*** ton; reading can be pretty nauseating after a while. But then... how could you satisfy your need for good fiction, poetry, self-help literatures and materials other than the academics?! Trust me, it is super hard. I only managed to read a few books last year. Coming from a person who used to do one or two every week; it’s pretty disappointing. 

But I’ve come to terms with the fact that I won’t be able to read as much. The goal is to just be able to squeeze in as much reading as I can afford. To be honest, I can’t afford much right now, a little will do and you know what, that is alright. Don’t push yourself too hard darlin ;)

awww look my sister made this for me years ago!

1. Bring your book everywhere (i do mean everywhere)
I used to be that girl who has a book in her hand all the time. A habit instilled by my parents and growing up inspired by my bibliophile brother. This worked for awhile when I was younger, but now I read thick books (like the whole volume of lord of the rings God help me) and it becomes harder for me to carry it around. I wanna be practical right. So there’s two solutions for this: 1) buy e-book version and load it into my Kindle, and if you don’t have a Kindle or any e-reader of any sort 2) choose a thin book that’s specifically for going out. Save the thick book for reading at home. Either way you choose to work this out, just carry some reading materials around. Sometimes I carry academic journal articles around lol. 

2. Read before bed
This one works for me. Be it 15, 30 or 60 minutes, I try to read before bed. I’ll sleep with the book beside me and when I wake up in the morning it’s on the floor because yes I push everything off my bed in my sleep. Sometimes, I just take a book to bed out of habit and don’t even read it. What even anisnad. But just make it a habit, you’ll find yourself reading one day.

3. Read while you eat
I’m a multitasker and my brain doesn’t usually stop running around. I have to be occupied while I eat because I can’t stand the boredom of eating. I love eating don’t get me wrong, but I need an activity to complement eating. I usually watch Netflix, but before this I used to read too. But in my culture, we eat with our right hand, bare. So… holding a book is definitely tricky. Again, an e-reader would be practical in this situation. However, if you’re okay with breaking the book's spine then you can just push the book down open with one hand. I’m a spine breaker (just with my own books), soz guys. 

4. Download audio books.
Audible is my ultimate go to marketplace to buy audible. A lot of people have told me that I’m wasting my money buying ebooks and audio books. Mmmm, well that’s not how I see it so out the window you go. But yeah audio books are super convenient, I listen to em while running, eating, relaxing, walking, commuting. It’s just sooo handy. Give it a go! Here in Australia you can subscribe for around $15, I think, and you get 1 credit every month (that’s one book). I used to be subscribed for more than a year but then I couldn’t afford it anymore; but I still buy audiobooks from audible. I swear this isn’t sponsored I just love audible.

5. School breaks!
Summer and Winter breaks are bae. Once they start, I begin crunching in books after books after books and more books. Moreeeeeeee. Because once the semester starts you know it’s almost impossible to go through two books a week like you used to. So use school breaks to devour as many books as possible.

Thanks for reading. Later gators :)