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Consistency

October 28th, 2009

One of my best friends here at Wooster always says: “it’s all about consistency”. If you want to grow your muscles, you have to keep going to the gym. If you want good grades, you have to keep working. Now I think about it, that is all what this friend really wants: big muscles and big grades. I am kidding of course, but if Itai reads this, he will probably have a hard time denying it.

Well, I think Itai is a wise man. Consistency is very important in many aspects. If I would be consistently disciplined, I would have tons of free time. This would be quite different from yesterday, when I was working until 1:30 am to finish up all my work.

To break the consistency, let me share some of the successes of the past couple of days with you:

  • Jungle Jim’s was as great as it sounded. I spend three hours without getting bored and I worked hard to only spend fifty dollars. I did buy some good cheeses, some good German beer, and some good yoghurt.
  • Monday, I got some eighth graders out of their lazy chairs to do some jumpstyle dancing. I gave a presentation on music in the Netherlands, and our great variety of techno music was part of the topic of course.
  • I finished a paper on the traveling salesman problem. The traveling salesman problem is as follows: a salesman, starting at his home city, wants to visit a number of cities by visiting each place only once and traveling the shortest distance. The problem is easy to explain, has many applications, but is extremely hard to solve.
  • I gave a presentation for 3rd graders. I loved how full of energy they were. After I had impressed them by touching the ceiling (I am 6’6” tall), they were very eager to listen to me. I had established a great amount of credibility with that jump to the ceiling.

Now, I should come back to my opening statements about consistency, so I will. As you can see, it is hard to be consistent. Some great procrastination opportunity hides behind every corner. If I do manage to be consistent in my work, I will have a much less worrisome life. A little work everyday will give me lots of free time. So that is my challenge from this point on: working a little bit everyday and gain a lot of time to do things that no one told me to do.

Bastiaan