Be a professional. Have a stop loss, even for life goals.

This is a chapter from the journey on a self-improvement path. Read more about that at the end.

So. Day 1 sucked. Did I manage to get my chores done? Yes. Wrote about “how I fixed my browser chaos” on Medium, and answered a question on “how to start a online grocery website” on Quora. And that was not all I did. Managed to clean up my house, went through some profiles for a bunch of positions we are trying to fill at dressrs, and worked a bit more on Ana. But even then, the day sucked.


Because I think I ended up wasting a lot of time. The idea was very simple. 1 Medium article, 1 Quora post. When I thought of doing that, I never thought something that simple could be messed up. It was just about committing yourself to the task at hand, I figured. I was wrong!

I completely overlooked the fact that if I don’t do it right, it might end up hurting my productivity on other fronts.

So, by the time I got to bed last night, I had a solution — and coincidentally the topic for today’s medium article. “Think like a trader. Have a stop loss. Get in. If you hit the stop loss, get out. Don’t let emotions get the better of you.”

Have the discipline of a stock trader.


A. I can’t afford to put my life or work on hold, while I try to make myself better

B. If having a stop loss is not a part of being disciplined, what is?

C. It might help me in sticking to a schedule in getting my lazy ass off of bed every morning and not hit the snooze button

I have also realised, as time passes, I might be able to finish my chores in an hour max. I can use the spare 1 hour to catch up on my workout. :-)

It’s a win-win really.

Now. For a few days, I will give myself 30 mins of grace time every day before I get to bed. This is to give me the chance to complete my task in case I encountered failure in the morning. But eventually, even that will stop.

This is part of a series, where I would be encapsulating my journey to some self-improvement over the course of next 16 weeks, starting April 9, 2017. ;-)

To get more context, do visit the series: Resolutions — without it being December

This was the first article in the series:

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