The first week of January was eventful! I finished 100 video blogs in 100 days, gave a talk at a local high school, and started a course to learn computer science from first principles. But the focus of this week’s self-therapy session is my anxiety – more specifically, adult separation anxiety. I made some good progress, though! The strategy I came up with last week was a success, and I had a fun and short visit with my family and stuck with my original plan.
The complete, regularly updated changelog is on my 2016 planning page.
Version 0.0.2, 2016 Week 2, January 10th
- New rule: instead of using words like “fix”, “bug”, “wrong”, “fail” or “broken” when discussing my self-improvement project, I will only use positive or neutral words like “experiment”, “observe”, “accept” and improve”. I don’t need to change anything about myself; I just want to improve because I enjoy the process. Self-acceptance means being able to say about any of my attributes, “That’s not a bug, it’s a feature!”
- New rule: plan to arrive 30 minutes early to any event that makes me nervous so I can meditate before leaving my car.
- New habit: morning routine now includes a walk to another location for my first work session.
- Removed: volunteer math tutoring commitment. (Focusing on computer science related volunteer work instead.)
- Postponed: side project idea to relearn sections of Rhapsody in Blue, documenting it and reviewing old video footage of my 2014 practice sessions.
- Video production time: 1 hour 52 min
- Filming/setup: 38 min
- Video editing: 1 hour 2 min
- Publishing: 12 min