The Consequence of following The Plan

Hello and welcome, dear readers. Hope you had an awesome week. If you didn’t have one, you should’ve.

Last week was great! So great in fact that I forgot about the blog. I was working more than I’d worked in a long time and I liked it. Then the weekend arrived. I worked and played on Saturday. It felt balanced. On Sunday, as per habit, these are the things that I did: –

  • Woke up late
  • Watched interesting(educational) videos on YouTube
  • Bathed during mid-day
  • Played games for a few hours
  • …….oh snap! I need to sleep

This is how I imagine it goes for all gamers. I did enjoy the games, but I felt like there was a lot more work to do. I couldn’t have gotten here unless I’d followed the Plan. I couldn’t have followed the Plan unless I made the Plan. I couldn’t have made the Plan unless I had an objective.

Once the Plan kicks into action, if followed for a week at least, a consequence that arises is Momentum. You’ve reached a place where you feel you’re working, where you see quantifiable progress and you can plan ahead. Once you reach this point, you won’t feel like stopping.

Is it really necessary to have a break day, as in, Sunday? I found myself playing Computer games, but not really enjoying it and feeling guilty about not using the time to finish my work. The concept of having a Sunday as a day off isn’t really helping my conscience. I’d rather take smaller breaks between tasks than do them continuously and have large breaks. The problem is that it takes me time to get into the Flow state (and I’m guessing it does for everyone else), and having long breaks in between, breaks the flow. Also, generally I seem to be able to focus on a single task for not more than 45 minutes. We, as a humans, thrive on variety or uncertainty or chaos within the general order.

It helps to use the momentum gained during the week to continue working or at least do something else that will either contribute to the Plan or is a dominant interest. The mind wants to be engaged constantly. So it would be greatly satisfying to use it on tasks that serve the main life goals.

Whenever my interest in something wanes, I find it useful to take a short break of about 5 minutes and re-evaluate my task and the challenges I’m going to face. If I find it difficult, then I tend to look for easy solutions.

I’ve now realized that having the right amount of challenge is of paramount importance.

All our lives we strive for something more, taking up things that are mildly challenging and pursuing it until it is mastered, before moving on to something else. This highlights the innate need that we have, i.e. the feeling of having conquered everything. But at a given moment of time, there are an infinite number of things we can think of doing. And since we can’t do everything at once, we need to focus on doing one thing properly. If we accomplish that one thing, we feel different. We feel a little more than what we were. It’s for this one moment that we take up all these challenges.

So, is Life full of challenges? Or not? It seems to me like these are flip sides of the same coin. We seem to be hardwired to find challenges everywhere, a lot of the times when they aren’t even there. We even create our own challenges. But does it ever end? I’m guessing this question will either be answered by old and experienced people or at the time of death, when our life flashes before our eyes.

P.S. I’m guessing this is Life, not just our idea of Life, Life itself. Take plants for example. They manage to grow in every nook and cranny with minimal nutrition. Animals evolve over a period of time to overcome harsh climates. This is Life at its best. It is our very existence in the vast expanse of the universe.

If Life could have a motto, it would probably be “Defy all odds”