@Just some ideas for my trip. I’m leaving on July 10th for Korea and I’ll be there until December 1st. Not for business but I’ll be “working” on some projects detailed below. I’m lucky I was able to save up for the few months I worked repairing Laptops and doing Sysadmin. Mommys basement is a great place for a 22 year old but not so much for a 30 year old. I’ll detail the financial side of my travels more in another post. I think you’d be surprised at the affordable pricing. Tomorrow is my last day, I handed in my resignation 2 weeks ago.
Sticking to a schedule is pretty important. Well it’s not really the schedule that’s the important part but the commitmment to complete the tasks. I want to build a schedule that fits well with my objectives over the next 5 months and the goals I plan to achieve.
- Diamond 5 on KR
- Produce weekly YouTube videos
- Stream every day (140+ days)
- Maintain a consistent sleep schedule
- Gain 1,000 new subscribers on YouTube
- Gain 1,000 new followers on Twitter
- Gain 1,000 new followers on Twitch
I’m pretty set on making YouTube videos. I have a lot fun watching videos from a huge variety of different creators and think I have something of value to offer *tip tip*. I’ve made videos in the past but those were mostly technology tutorials. Anyway I have some experience with video editing and the basics to what makes something I’d consider above garbage. Big thing to overcome here for me is to release things in a “good enough” state. I’m terrible at spending way too much time for very little benefit. 80 – 20 rule is going to be brought up a lot I’m sure. I’m also self-conscious about things I make too so with time and releasing a bunch of content hopefully I can overcome that to some degree. I hope to touch more on that someday too.
Social media and brand building is hard but setting goals around these bars seems reasonable. It gets easier and easier to grow as you build a larger following and pick up momentum. I’d put the D5 goal on top for personal satisfaction and Twitch follows for second place there. I haven’t moved past the 300 follower mark on Twitch in the last 4 years so breaking that barrier is also something I’d like a lot.
Soft goals/good habits:
Exercise daily. I do have 99 Strength on OSRS (seriously high scores me: downthecrop) but strength training isn’t for me IRL. I think I’m more cardio focused. Stairs or a few blocks jogging just until it’s uncomfortable should be enough. Habit building is best done by taking embarrassingly small steps forward every day so it might be fun documenting that too.
Meditation. I’ve read a book on Shamatha meditation and practiced it for a while at work when I got extremely bored driving my forklift in 2016. I never experienced any extreme enlightenment or calmness. From doing more research on other meditation practice I might have been looking for the wrong results. Correct meditation is not a state of relaxation. It’s a state of extreme focus. It’s not a comfortable or easy task to stop your mind from wandering. If you’re curious I read The Attention Revolution by Dr. B. Allen Wallace. I can remember quite a funny chapter where he explained his stay at the top of a mountain. He practiced his meditation for a few months up there but his spot to sit still and meditate had a bunch of red ants that kept fucking with him. Read it here. I don’t think it was that great. All the smart fuckers I listen to try for 15 minutes a day. I probably spend 15 minutes a day trying to justify why I don’t meditate so why not give it another try. 15 minutes feels like an eternity while you’re starting. I’ll bump that to 5 minutes for the first few weeks I think.
Making videos gives me more reason to explore new topics and ideas so I’d like that too.
Anyway… I’ll be writing here at least once a week. Videos once a week with a summary here and on Reddit. I have plans for a Podcast and I’ll be streaming every day for 5 months.