Friday 6 September 2019

Thursday was good. I worked on all of my goals for the fourth day in a row. I got my work email backlog processed and my work projects updated. I didn’t sleep well last night, but Fridays are usually quiet at work, so I should be able to get through it.

Goals Progress: Thursday 5 September 2019

Goal 1: Eat healthy

Steps I took to achieve Goal 1: I stayed within my Weight Watchers healthy eating range.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 2: Exercise

Steps I took to achieve Goal 2: I rode my stationary bike for 15 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 3: Meditate

Steps I took to achieve Goal 3: I meditated for 10 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 4: Write

Steps I took to achieve Goal 4: I wrote my morning pages.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 5: Maintain my possessions

Steps I took to achieve Goal 5: I did a lot of digital decluttering.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 6: Read

Steps I took to achieve Goal 6: I finished Writing Down the Bones.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 7: Post my progress

Steps I took to achieve Goal 7: I posted my progress for the previous day.
Is this enough? Yes.

Thursday 5 September 2019

Wednesday was a bit of a struggle. I didn’t sleep well the night before and was tired all day. I was able to get past it and work on all of my goals, though. That’s three days in a row, which is a good run.

I did have any low blood sugar episodes yesterday. Hopefully I’ve figured out what to eat and when so I can avoid them.

Goals Progress: Wednesday 4 September 2019

Goal 1: Eat healthy

Steps I took to achieve Goal 1: I stayed within my Weight Watchers healthy eating range.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 2: Exercise

Steps I took to achieve Goal 2: I rode my stationary bike for 15 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 3: Meditate

Steps I took to achieve Goal 3: I meditated for 10 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 4: Write

Steps I took to achieve Goal 4: I wrote my morning pages.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 5: Maintain my possessions

Steps I took to achieve Goal 5: I did a lot of digital decluttering.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 6: Read

Steps I took to achieve Goal 6: I continued reading Sit Down and Shut Up.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 7: Post my progress

Steps I took to achieve Goal 7: I posted my progress for the previous day.
Is this enough? Yes.

Wednesday 4 September 2019

Yesterday was a good day. I worked on all of my goals for the second day in a row, which is the first time that’s happened in an long time.

I’m finding that journaling during the day is very helpful. Every so often I pause and take a few minutes to write down what I’ve been doing, what I need to do next, and anything else that’s on my mind. It helps me stay focused and clears my thoughts. I think it’s contributed significantly to the progress I’ve made this week.

I also realized yesterday that the key to exercising and meditating is to do them before my work day begins. They’re my two activities that can’t be interrupted. If I know I have a block of time to do them without any distractions then I’m more likely to get them done.

Goals Progress: Tuesday 3 September 2019

Goal 1: Eat healthy

Steps I took to achieve Goal 1: I stayed within my Weight Watchers healthy eating range.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 2: Exercise

Steps I took to achieve Goal 2: I rode my stationary bike for 15 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 3: Meditate

Steps I took to achieve Goal 3: I meditated for 10 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 4: Write

Steps I took to achieve Goal 4: I wrote my morning pages.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 5: Maintain my possessions

Steps I took to achieve Goal 5: I did a lot of digital decluttering.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 6: Read

Steps I took to achieve Goal 6: I continued reading Writing Down the Bones and Another Day, Another Dungeon.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 7: Post my progress

Steps I took to achieve Goal 7: I posted my progress for the previous day.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goals Progress Week 9 Day 2

For Monday 2 September 2019

For the first time in a long time I worked on all of my goals yesterday. At 8:30 PM I forced myself onto my exercise bike, which completed the last one.

I’m still getting very tired in the afternoon. My doctor said my Vitamin B12 and D levels were low and put me on supplements. It helps sometimes, but not always. I may need to give it more time.

Goal 1: Eat healthy

Steps I took to achieve Goal 1: I stayed within my Weight Watchers healthy eating range.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 2: Exercise

Steps I took to achieve Goal 2: I rode my stationary bike for 15 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 3: Meditate

Steps I took to achieve Goal 3: I meditated for 1o minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 4: Write

Steps I took to achieve Goal 4: I wrote my morning pages.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 5: Maintain my possessions

Steps I took to achieve Goal 5: I did a lot of digital decluttering.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 6: Read

Steps I took to achieve Goal 6: I continued reading Creating Flow with OmniFocus 3 and Another Day, Another Dungeon.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 7: Post my progress

Steps I took to achieve Goal 7: I posted my progress for the previous day.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goals Progress Week 9 Day 1

For Sunday 1 September 2019

Sunday was a good day. I was productive, I kept getting up early and I started a new practice. I’m writing down how I spend my time so I’m more mindful of what I’m doing. It’s a good way for me to think about my day. It also gives me perspective as I move forward. For example, I know that yesterday at 4:20 PM I had a low blood sugar episode, which I managed. I can watch for that today.

Exercise and meditation are still challenges. I think the solution is to do them early in the day while I’m still fresh. The longer I wait, the less likely I am to do them.

Weight Loss Journey page updated.

What I’m Doing Now page updated.

Goal 1: Eat healthy

Steps I took to achieve Goal 1: I stayed within my Weight Watchers healthy eating range.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 2: Exercise

Steps I took to achieve Goal 2: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 3: Meditate

Steps I took to achieve Goal 3: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 4: Write

Steps I took to achieve Goal 4: I wrote my morning pages.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 5: Maintain my possessions

Steps I took to achieve Goal 5: I did a lot of digital decluttering.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 6: Read

Steps I took to achieve Goal 6: I started reading Creating Flow with OmniFocus 3 and kept reading Another Day, Another Dungeon.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 7: Post my progress

Steps I took to achieve Goal 7: I posted my weekly progress.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goals Progress: Looking Ahead to Week 9

I wrote recently about some of the challenges I’ve had in working on my goals. I was hopeful that this past week would be better, but I didn’t make any significant improvement. Part of it, I think, is that I’m still trying to figure out how to consistently manage how my diabetes medicine affects my blood sugar. I’m taking my medicine on a new schedule to see if that helps. I’m also trying to better manage my low blood sugar occurrences. In particular, I’m trying to recognize when I’ve recovered from an episode rather than letting it get me down mentally for several hours. I had an episode today. I caught it early, got some carbs into my body to address it, and had my blood sugar back to normal in 15 minutes. An hour later I was feeling better. I acknowledged that and got on with my day.

I’m also trying to get to bed earlier so I can get up earlier and get more done in the morning. I’m prone to low energy in the early afternoon so I’m trying to complete more work before that hits.

It was unrealistic of me to think that I’d get completely back on track in one week, and it’s probably unrealistic to think that I’ll be completely back on track this week; but is is realistic to try to make some improvements, and more importantly, do what I can every day, and and the end of the day be satisfied with that.

Goals Progress Week 8 Day 6

For Friday 30 August 2019

Goal 1: Eat healthy

Steps I took to achieve Goal 1: I went over my Weight Watchers healthy eating range.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 2: Exercise

Steps I took to achieve Goal 2: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 3: Meditate

Steps I took to achieve Goal 3: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 4: Write

Steps I took to achieve Goal 4: I wrote my morning pages.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 5: Maintain my possessions

Steps I took to achieve Goal 5: I did a lot of decluttering.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 6: Read

Steps I took to achieve Goal 6: I started Another Day, Another Dungeon.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 7: Post my progress

Steps I took to achieve Goal 7: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Observations

I had Friday off. I took my car in for service and ran some other errands. I’ve also been catching up with people I haven’t seen in a while. Not much goals work, but things that needed to be done.