Quarantine day 9 and outside time is keeping me sane
Back in May, I wrote a bit about my ideal week. I laid out this:
I thought the beginning of the year would be a good week to track my time to see how it’s going. I wasn’t actively thinking about this ideal week. Laura Vanderkam talked about a time tracking challenge to start the year, so I went for it.
I work from home full time, so my work and life can sometimes bleed together, which makes things like sitting down and evaluating how/where my time is going super important. I highlighted my “work” in orange and my work-adjacent things in Green, the latter being important (coaching, talking to a peer at another company, mentor coffee chat, travel for work) but not my job. I worked 41.5 hours (not including meals), spent 3 hours in work adjacent things, and spent 12 hours traveling for work.
The week after this, I spoke at a conference for work. The Walking Dead makes a number of prominent appearances. I was trying to finish/catch up on the current season.
I mostly feel good about where my time went: I read, went to the gym, worked a reasonable amount, hacked on my side project, had 3 social outings (Friday night + 2 on Saturday). I’d like to carve out more time for writing, but I’m a serious procrastinator when it comes to writing and I always find it painful, so it’s not a priority.
I think I’d like to get into the flow of writing my goal posts again. They’re not for anyone but me really.
I didn’t do that this month because I was focused on my EOY process, but I did do a monthly goal setting process. Clearly we’re a bit into the month now, but here’s a picture from the other day.
I’ve been really inspired by Amy’s initiative to spend time 20 minutes outside. So that’s what I’m aiming for. In my mind, it has to be an intentional 20 minutes. In our last house, I did this a lot, but since moving we don’t really have a space that makes sense. I set up a camper chair in front of the house and that’s been okay.
The other night, I decided I’d have dinner outside. The lighting was so good. I just had to snap this. You’d think I kinda knew what I was doing.
Working through the CrossFit L1 book and I loved this snippet.
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.
Practice and train major lifts… Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics…
Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense.
Regularly learn and play new sports.
I bought a new desk for work. I settled for the Autonomous standing desk. My plan is to stand until lunch and then sit afterwards. When I lived in Baltimore, I only worked at the standing desk, so this is a great step in the right direction!
Last Saturday morning’s view. This pup of mine is something special.
Just a bit of a hodgepodge of life lately today.
Growing up, I remember being SO excited for my first day of school. Now, as an adult, I feel that way every time take an couple of days of work. And I always feel that anticipation in a great way thing at the top of the New Year. There’s something about this whole reflection and goal-setting thing that just feels good.
Word of the Year: WIP
Okay, okay, technically it’s an acronym, but my work of the year is WIP, which stands for Work in Progress. This year I’d really like to lean into accepting that it’s okay that I’m a work in progress. I don’t know what I don’t know.
I’m really focused right now on checking my ego, on making sure that I don’t make decisions or take actions rooted-in my ego.
I explained it this way via email:
Everything is a work in progress. This is possible because we work with a low level of shame. I’ve often highlighted that a low level of shame requires both confidence in ability but also the ability to not let fear or ego keep you from doing something. So my word of the year will be WIP because this year I want to really lean into the idea that everything, especially me, is a work in progress.
Read 34 Books
Last year I read 36 books after setting a goal of 32. It was doable, but that reading wasn’t eventy distributed through the year.
I had a burst of reading at the end of the year, but I struggled to keep pace most of the year. I felt like I read a lot, and I read a good mix of books. If I read more fiction, or even only fiction, I could probably move through a lot more books. The thing is I enjoy reading nonfiction. the data shows that it takes me longer to read nonfiction than it does fiction, and I’m not willing to commit to reading less nonfiction than I did this year.
Process steps: Read 2.8 books per month ~ 27 pages per day. Have this nifty reading pace chart live for 2020.
Push the limits of what my body can do
This is purposefully ambiguous because this could be measured in a lot of different ways and I don’t want to commit to any. I want to: PR a half marathon, deadlift 300 lbs, and get my CrossFit Level 1.
Process Steps: I tracked 170 workouts last year, which averages to more than 3 workouts per week. My months were all over the place- as low as 5 in June when I did a ton of traveling and as high as 26 in July when I didn’t travel at all. Given that, the process goal here is to go to the gym 5 days per week or 19/month. Life is going to get in the way and I’m not going to average anywhere close to that, but I’m going to get workouts in pretty regularly.
Build a career plan
This feels like something I should do. I had a role change this fall into a different kind of job. I should spend some time this year intentionally reflecting on this role, on where I want it to go, what I want to do next, what I need to do after that, and what I need to do to get to either of those places. This isn’t something that I need to set in stone, but I think it’s an important exercise.
Process Steps: Start journaling as part of my weekly review process. This will be a good reflection point.
Be more proactive in cultivating my friendships
I’m not great at this. I’m a homebody by nature and I work from home. This year I gave up social media, and I feel so much better for it, but I’m now totally out of touch with folks and the details of their lives.
Process Steps: Have two purely social events (not tacked on to an obligation!) with friends a month
Say no to more things
Still trying to learn to say no. Still not good at it.
Process Steps: Say no to one thing every month and note what I say no to.