90 Days of no distractions (Need Accountability)

05/18/2023 Day 66
Greetings fellow bees,

Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
Cooked a really nice meal. Had a phone call with my mom. Going to start having more phone calls. Going to make it a goal. As this will be part of my replacement actions.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
Yep

Loopholes Found:
None to report

Screen Time Report Prior Day:

Screen Time Goal

Other Items:
It feels good to feel like I finally have a handle on my phone usage. Though I do not plan on ending any goals as I know I would quickly fall back into my old cycle. I might change the goals some but need something to keep me on track. I might think of ending goals after 365 days of success. Honestly this has made a very positive change in my life.

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05/19/2023 Day 67
Greetings fellow bees,

Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
Spending time with family called a friend.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
Yep

Loopholes Found:
None to report

Screen Time Report Prior Day:

Screen Time Goal

Other Items:
Things have went good. Trying a new app called Freedom so I can easily block apps and such across all devices. Though I have been doing good I want to continue too so finding ways to ensure that.

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05/20/2023 Day 68
Greetings fellow bees,

Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
Spending time with family at theme park.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
Yep

Loopholes Found:
None to report

Screen Time Report Prior Day:

Screen Time Goal

Other Items:
Went to theme park today had a good time :blush: also liking freedom app.

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05/21/2023 Day 69
Greetings fellow bees,

Notes From Today:
I am reformatting these posts to have what I feel is important near the top. So now I will start with notes from today which is what is replacing “Other Things”. I just listened the book “Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport. I had listened to it a few years ago but decided to try and give it another go. I am glad I did as there were some important parts I feel I missed on the first run through. Here are some of the key take aways:

  1. Set specific times for phone usage. My wife has actually agreed to start doing this. We have created a new Beeminder goal that we are going to use the groupie feature on. It is also targeted at for television as we watch a lot of. We have limited to only certain times of the day. We are utlizing freedom.to for our computers and phones/tablets. We are using the wifi schedule for certain devices like our rokus that shuts off wifi to them if it is not in a given time. To be clear all my prior goal rules apply to me still.

  2. Focus on higher quality communication. It was recommended to put your main social media chats. As often you dont form real connections through chats. To be clear I have not removed just simply turned off instant notifications. I have scheduled summaries come to me each day and I check messages then. I checked and on average I would receive 110 message notifications per day. Which caused me to pick up my phone a ton even if not really using it as much. I am now trying to call people more and have an actual conversation.

  3. Dont be scared to leave your phone behind. It is kind of programmed into us that we need our phone all the time. But we really dont. I have not managed to get myself to leave it behind yet for say a walk nearby. But I do now sometimes turn it off for the walk. It actually feels quite freeing.

It has been a really good week. I look forward to see what else I can learn to live a better less distracted life.


Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
Spending time with family at theme park.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
Yep

Loopholes Found:
None to report

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Forgot to post yesterday. Yesterday was good I worked in the garden with my dad :blush:. As per my rules it counts yesterday as if I used a buffer day.

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05/23/2023 Day 71
Greetings fellow bees,

Notes From Today:
Had a good but very busy day. Mowed half of my 2 acre lawn with a push mower because riding mower is down.

Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
Mowing and house chores.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
Yep

Loopholes Found:
None to report

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05/24/2023 Day 72
Greetings fellow bees,

Notes From Today:
Today was good got a lot done at work in spite of distractions. Started on a new project I am excited about as it will make something way easier. My current estimate is 3-4 months to implement. I am excited I have almost made it 90 days.


Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
Push mowing my two acre lawn ALMOST GOT IT ALL!!!

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
Yep

Loopholes Found:
None to report

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05/25/2023 Day 73
Greetings fellow bees,

Notes From Today:
Feeling under the weather today with dizziness issues. Though most Beeminder goals are shared with my wife or can be done laying down so should be able to complete them all today without the need to contact support.


Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
Just going to take it easy. Want to plant a flower bed tomorrow so going to rest up.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
Yep

Loopholes Found:
None to report

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05/26/2023 Day 74
Greetings fellow bees,

Notes From Today:
Doing a lot better, did not finish flower bed but helped a friend (with others helping) tear down an old messed up deck.


Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
I goanna have a fun day tomorrow.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
Yep

Loopholes Found:
None to report

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05/27/2023 Day 75
Greetings fellow bees,

Notes From Today:
Great day spent time with wife all day.


Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
I goanna have a fun day tomorrow.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
Yep

Loopholes Found:
None to report

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05/28/2023 Day 76
Greetings fellow bees,

Notes From Today:
Spending night at brothers.


Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
I time with family

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
Yep

Loopholes Found:
None to report

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05/29/2023 Day 77
Greetings fellow bees,

Notes From Today:
Got a lot done today.


Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
Spending time with wife this evening.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
Yep

Loopholes Found:
None to report

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05/30/2023 Day 78
Greetings fellow bees,

Notes From Today:
Been really busy so have not had a lot of time to write extra on the forum. I hoping things calm down soon.


Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
Spending time with wife this evening.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
Yep

Loopholes Found:
None to report

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06/01/2023 Day 80
Greetings fellow bees,

Notes From Today:
Only 10 days left. I was under the weather yesterday so did not post.


Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
Spending time with wife this evening.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
Yep

Loopholes Found:
None to report

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06/02/2023 Day 81
Greetings fellow bees,

Notes From Today:
9 days to go!!! I am excited to have completed the challenge. Once it is done I plan on moving to a beeminder journal like a lot of other people do on here.

Today I reorganized a lot of stuff in YNAB making it easier to find. I also created separate categories for every subscription.


Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
Reorganizing YNAB, really tired going to hit the hay soon.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
Yep

Loopholes Found:
None to report

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06/03/2023 Day 82
Greetings fellow bees,

Notes From Today:
Tomorrow is the day I schedule the at least the main goal for achieve.

Today went great me and my wife spent the day together. We didnt watch tv or anything just talked and read the bible together. The reduction in TV time has been nice.


Did I follow rules yesterday?:
No, used a buffer day

What I did instead or plan on doing:
Spent time with wife.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
N/A

Loopholes Found:
None to report

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06/04/2023 Day 83
Greetings fellow bees,

Notes From Today:
My current plan is to replace my old goal with a goal I have been doing that requires me to adhere to the schedule I have setup in the app Freedom. YouTube and will be be allowed at those specified times. Though Reddit ban will continue for a good long while. As honestly Reddit really effects me in a negative way.


Did I follow rules yesterday?:
Yes

What I did instead or plan on doing:
Spent time with wife.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
N/A

Loopholes Found:
None to report

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06/05/2023 Day 84

Not much to say today has been a stressful day hoping for a better tomorrow.

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06/08/2023 Day 87:

Notes From Today:

Doing a lot better stress wise. Situations are still in progress but after a few days I can deal with them better. Challenge is almost over at which time I will be creating a new thread for my Beeminder journal. Not sure how often I will post over there yet. Curious to see how Freedom thing works out. I hope it works out good.

Did I follow rules yesterday?:
No

What I did instead or plan on doing:
Cleaned up the house.

Did I do what I planned yesterday?:
N/A

Loopholes Found:
None to report

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