1. Always keep learning and develop skills.
Of these “things to do” this is the thing that I do the most. I read more than 50-60 pages a day, all of the reading being at the very least somewhat useful. I just finished the Deadly Shore, about Australia. It was an amazing read, and was very interesting. To be honest, I knew little to nothing about Australia, modern or its origins. I’ve just put another book on modern Australia on hold, and I have read a ton of Chomsky recently, as well as a few random reads. As for some other things, such as learning Korean, I have not really given them much effort. I have taken preliminary steps to be able to learn them, but have not actually put forth effort. Whenever I go to do so, I just am lazy, and do not.
2. Make sure your work table, room and PC desktop is always clean and organized.
Is this true? Heck yeah. Do I occasionally attempt to clean. Yeah. DO I undervalue this? Yes. Do I tend to let stuff sit out multitudes too long? Yes I do. I’m not really sure how to organize and keep clutter down. I can clear a desk, but it gets cluttered in a couple days. Ironically my desktop computer is super organized, but everything else is terribly disorganized. I know it wastes me a lot of time, with school and whatnot. Another thing I should do, yet never really follow through with.
3. Have a schedule book/calendar.
I try to use google calendar. But that’s not very good. I suppose to keep more organized. I ought to go out and buy one of those, or order then on amazon. I’d really prefer a daily planner to a calendar, but I don’t know what models are best. I’ll try to get one and stick to it, but does anyone have any suggestions for which ones are best? What kind of events should be placed in it. Should items be put on the day they are due, or day you still have to do them.
4. Never blame others and never complain.
Although I’m guilty of complaining about other people, I am always very realistic in that I could have addressed the problems. I do tend to get defensive when people bring up my deficiencies. However, over time I do address them. It would be worth trying to consciously take responsibility for deficiencies as they occur, and not purely in retrospect. And gaining small advantages is how most things work. From sc2, to school, to the workplace, it is how one gets ahead.
5. Exercise everyday, at least 20 push ups and 20 squats. Just do it, every day, even 5 and 5 or whatever, but if you don't, you're body just isn't optimal to work.
Starting Strength. Stretching. PT. I may not be in the best physical shape, but I certainly exercise.
6. Always be cheerful and look on the bright side;,
Although things can look down, and I can be pessimistic, I always know that I’m in a relatively good situation. My whole family is irrationally pessimistic, and I often find myself being the most optimistic person in the room, attempting to alleviate fears and concerns. Being depressed about shortcomings accomplishes little: dwelling on past mistakes where the mistake is known too accomplishes little. I rarely give up, and when I do, it is simply out of apathy, not despair.
7. It's ok to despair once in a while and just veg out for 1 full day.
I do this too much. I have no real comment there. This is my third day of epic vegetation… right before AP testing.
8. Always keep your personal finances in check.
At the moment I will be graduating from college with minimal debt in four years, assuming the best. With a BS. Although I may wish to do grad school, with a CS degree I should be able to make enough to finance it. Furthermore, I always have been very frugal. I have several thousand dollars in the bank from refereeing and various gifts, and spend very rarely.
9. Lastly, you can't do any of things, none of it, until you know you want to achieve something, then naturally the focus comes, that it isn't a constant force of will to try to press on
I think the big thing here is what I wish to accomplish is contradictory to what I am both pressured into doing, and think would empirically be the best things to do. Travel and polysci, Philosophy, etc, interest me. They are all deep and engaging subjects. Although I find CS tolerable I, at this time, have no great love for it, and although a degree would bring financial stability I am torn between this and my interests. Although working for Google or somerhing is a goal I can set, and I would at the very least be satisfied with, it would be a lie to say at this time it is my passion, or anything along those lines. I am probably not a terribly mature person in this field. I have depended upon my IQ to take care of things. I have spent about no time in school in the last semester, yet I have above a 4.4 GPA, and am reasonably prepared for all but one AP test. What bothers me more is if I spent the hours, I could have accomplished much more. Though I am going to a good public university, the upper tier privates were in reach, lest I had not slacked a metric shitton. Yet even now I have difficulty buckling down for AP tests, despite the obvious practicality and necessity.