I am someone that doesn't enjoy cooking at all and enjoy good food. That could be costly at times. Eating out or ordering online could be costly sometimes, but if we think about a value of our time, it doesn't look so bad actually. Let me explain.
I did some calculations about how much my time is worth and compared it to 4 different 'food supplies'
First, let's calculate our hourly this year. Let's calculate first 10 months of the year, as November has just started. Let's take a October 2018 as an example here ( I am using rescue time to track time spend on PC and categorise different apps)
As we can see business contains of pokerstars, pokertracker, discord and other poker related stuff - this is work/business for me = 160 hours/month = 40 hours/week = 5.7 hours/day
From Jan to November I have made $14,900 + approximately $300 in PS RB = $15,200
Which is $15,200/10months = $1520/month
Therefore, our hourly - I treat poker as a whole, not only playing, so reviewing etc is also work for me, is $1520/160hours = $9.50/hour
Wow, this seems low. I am in a process of moving up stakes, so hopefully this number will be constantly increasing, but for now, let's work with it as it is a true hourly for now.
An hour of my time is worth $9.50 so far
So now, let's see how much time we need to sacrifice of our day to eat.
And now let's compare our spendings and time saved. We assume that time saved we spend on poker. I am going to compare cooking for myself to catering only as an example.
By cooking we spend 2.5hours/day and we spend $11
By ordering catering we spend 1hour/day and we spend $19
So, if we order, we save 1.5 hours but we pay $8 more.
Is 1.5h saved worth more then $8?
Of course, 1.5hours x $9.50 hourly = $14.25
So, in this example, putting our 1.5hours saved into poker will net us $14.25 and we spend $8 more compared to cooking. This is $6.25 net profit everyday. ($187,50/month and $2250/year).
Actually, it is eye opening!
Also, there is a huge benefit in ordering healthy catering as well. Firstly, we get 4 balanced meals with calculated calories and macro. We don't feel full and we deliver good balanced diet everyday. The food itself taste amazing, so it's definietely +lifeEV Maczfit is Polish catering company that I have used in the past, but it is only an example of course. Unfortunately, I don't have any affiliate links or promos for you I have nothing to do with the company itself. But I will definietely order 2500kcal for a month very very soon. Look at these beauties!
October was good. Grinded hard, worked my ass off both indivudually and with my discord group. Mtt sngs are going very well, I feel like I have a massive edge over the field because of the hard work I put in recently. I am also very happy how discord is growing. We started with a group of about 10 players and now It's 50 of us with new players joining eveyday.
At the end of October I decided to add some mtts to my sessions. I will continue adding more in November as I feel that I gain a lot of experience which will help me to transition to grind them full time in the future.
I also review a little with a cash game player, and I really like his approach. Cash game players think a little differently and I believe that it is a correct way of analysing hands. He seems to be very professional. Because of that, I want to add some cash game sessions (probably zoom NL25) to learn deepstack poker and to gain more experience thinking about postflop ranges etc. I really enjoy it.
I believe that even if $ value in playing zoom is not that high, the value and experience that I will get will surely pay off in the future. Same goes for learning ICM in hypers. I think I might add few sessions of hyper 6max in November too.
Some graphs and numbers below. Peace!
Just a quick post about what I have been thinking about lately and what changes I have implemented because of a few conversations with smart friends and some tedx videos.
So we all live in a very distractive environment. Eveything around us fight for our attention. Notifications, buzzers, people, eveything wants to get our attention. I order to stay focused and driven (especially during grinding and/or studying) we should try to limit those distractions.
It was always a problem of mine. Being on facebook, skype, discord, watching youtube motivation video or just browsing while loading my session. Since 2-3 months, I took a approach that I am going to limit those distractions one by one. At this very moment I can tell that I have achieved almost 100% of my plan. So what exactly did I do? Presession I:
- meditate with headspace, go through 100 spots on snapshove and play 1 session on lumocity (brain teasing app)
- close all tabs in firefox. I only have sharkscope and random number generator tab open
- close skype and discord
- turn off the internet on mobile devices
- play music from random playlists on spotify (deep house etc, preferably with no lyrics at all)*
- start reging sngs
* music without lyrics or with very limited ammount is not taking too much of our focus as our brain doesn't have to concentrate additionally on lyrics and understanding/interpreting them. This also applies for listening to podcast or twitch while playing. We waste way too much mental energy on that. And obviously I was guilty of doing this in the past.
I am really happy with my routine so far and I just though that I am gonna share it with you guys. For all that don't really believe that being a little distracted hurts their winrates - just try to avoid them for 2-3 sessions. You will see the difference and never look back.
Social media and all BS that goes with it.
There is so much information about how bad social media is for our development, self esteem and productivity. However, everyone is on it regardless. I am gonna post some links about social media impact below.
In general, my take on this is that it is very counter productive to spend even a little time on any platform. It doesn't bring any value and all it does is broadcast fake reality and make us depressed. People only post good stuff, interesting moments and generally when they have accomplished something or went on holidays. Then there are us, scrolling through all that information about how perfect and fulfilling our friends' lifes are and we sit at home being miseaurable watching all that happening around us.
I was guilty of having these thoughts before and I was also spending way too much time on facebook and instagram. I wasn't even involved that much. Not posting, just scrolling and judging. Looking back, I feel embaressed and really sad that it was such a huge part of my life. Yes, you guessed it. I deleted all social media platforms and I never felt eager to come back really. For all of you needing proof to what I am saying, please watch some vids and tell me what you think Peace!