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October 21st, 2017
Tracking progress - ON A WHITEBOARD
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Hamlet

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Here's a little tip for you guys: get a whiteboard to write your goals on and record your progress. Then hang it in a highly visible area so that you're constantly reminded of it.

If you're the type of person who sets ambitious goals but falls off the wagon after a few days or weeks (be it pickup, gym, studying, no-wanking challenges, or whatever), then getting a whiteboard can be an important step towards learning to stay on your chosen path.

I used to live in Project Vancouver and we had massive whiteboards covering an entire living room wall. Each house member had goals that they wrote up each Sunday and were held accountable for. If you failed to meet one of your weekly goals, you were fined 20 bucks by the other members. Here is our whiteboard presented by two lovely Project Vancouver groupies:
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Since my time in Project Van I've always had a whiteboard in my room to track my progress in various areas. It's really helped me implement habits over the long term. However, when I moved from Edinburgh to Stockholm this summer I didn't bother getting a new whiteboard. I figured I'd be able to discipline myself without one, or write my notes on pieces of paper. Result: I made no long-term progress in any aspect of personal development. The pieces of paper I used to track my progress ended up underneath a pile of newspapers and other documents on my desk. I only sporadically bothered to record anything I did, and so I only sporadically felt the urge to actually work on myself.

Noticing my stagnating progress, I decided it was once again time to invest in a whiteboard. I drew out a grid covering Monday-Friday for 5 weeks and I have missions for each week. I'm 2 weeks in and I feel like I've accomplished more in the past 2 weeks than in 3 months prior. Among the missions on my list are:
-Meditation
-Hitting the gym
-Opening daytime sets
-Hugging trees
-Singing in public
-Reading books
-Restricting internet use

I quantify each goal (e.g. "Gym x 4" this week or Read "200 pages"). Then I have one  week to accomplish them. If I fall short of my goal, then I have to do more the next week to make up for it. This is a really key piece, because it means cheating doesn't go unpunished, which it often does if you don't record your progress. It also takes some of the guilt out of cheating, since you know you're gonna have to do it anyways. So instead of beating yourself up over not approaching a girl, you just move on knowing that you'll have to approach 2 tomorrow.

After each week I make a decision to either step things up or to perhaps drop something off that isn't serving me. This way, I can prioritise what parts of my self development I want to focus on, and carefully implement new changes in a systematic way, instead of setting unrealistic expectations such as "I'm gonna start hitting the gym, approaching chicks, eating well, working harder, and travel more" all at once. Unrealistic, unquantified goals with no time frame amount to mental masturbation.

In my mind, I also know WHY I'm trying to accomplish each of these things. This is important for long term success. If you don't constantly reconnect with your purpose, you start thinking of this as a dreary routine and cheating becomes more likely. So for example, I remind myself that I'm approaching chicks because I want complete freedom to be myself around women and to live a life of sexual abundance. I hug trees and sing in public because I want  to be free of social conditioning. I go the gym to be free of disease, lethargy and to feel the freedom of a strong body. I read books every week in order to expand my horizons and learn about carefully chosen subjects (as opposed to just following random news stories). I meditate to be free of ego. Ultimately, all of these things tie into a single, overarching goal: FREEDOM!


I move towards freedom in everything I do.

By constantly reconnecting each goal to this higher purpose, I create the leverage needed to sustain my routines week in and week out. It also makes it easier to know which things I should focus on. It really lets you live up to Nathan's motto "act according to your own intentions". What are those intentions? My intention is to always be moving towards greater freedom in life. To break free of all shackles - material, emotional, spiritual.

So regardless of whether you're a dabbler, hacker or obsessive - get a whiteboard and start taking control of your life. I'll leave you with two awesome articles by Tyler related to habits and goal-setting.
TD - Implementing a Habit www.rsdwiki.com/index.php
TD - Periods of Intense Productivity realsocialdynamics.blogspot.com/2008/10/periods-of-intense-productivity.html

...and a picture of my whiteboard. Right next to my laptop so I see it 500 times a day
P.S. Check out my ultra-healthy dinner. More props to the boys in Project Van for sorting out my diet.

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Lazybones

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Solid, I love whiteboards. My flatmate has one and I'm totally jealous.
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Nice hamlet! I love the look of the food!
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dasilva02

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out of curiousity, in the first picture whats the name in the top right hand corner?
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~Action~

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Awesome post man, one of the more practical ones i've seen in a while, Im actually pumped because I just got a large dual board the other day, half corkboard, half whiteboard, this way I can make a vision board etc on one side and write goals etc on the other
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anybody know any practical ways to make a wall-sized one?  internet videos on that topic are kinda garbage.
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This is one of the best posts on RSD in months. This can be absolutely life changing because it gives you TOTAL FOCUS, which is paramount in achieving anything
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Hamlet

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bawc wrote:
anybody know any practical ways to make a wall-sized one?  internet videos on that topic are kinda garbage.
As you can see in the photo, we just put a bunch of em next to each other. But seriously, if you're just one person you probably don't need something that large. Remember, the whiteboard isn't for writing essays on. It's just to keep track of your progress in a limited number of specifically chosen areas.
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Hamlet wrote:

bawc wrote:
anybody know any practical ways to make a wall-sized one?  internet videos on that topic are kinda garbage.
As you can see in the photo, we just put a bunch of em next to each other. But seriously, if you're just one person you probably don't need something that large. Remember, the whiteboard isn't for writing essays on. It's just to keep track of your progress in a limited number of specifically chosen areas.
but i wanna take over the world.

bought one of those sheets in the video (they sell them at lowe's too) and had to get it cut in half to fit in my car. 
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TOOBAD

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Helped a friend do this in London ages ago for his business - I'm now wondering why the hell I haven't got one in my room haha!
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