Christmas and New Year’s Day have come and gone, and though I’m not officially doing any goal tracking yet I feel like writing-up a review.
From December 12 to January 1st, I was pretty much in vacation mode, though I only decided to call it that on December 31 :-)
I haven’t been doing billable work or tracking time AT ALL, confining my activities to (1) eating things and (2) pursuing comfort. A productive side-effect of pursuing comfort was cleaning up my living room to make it MORE pleasurable to be in. Behold my cleaned-up workspace!
I converted my dining area to my home office back in July. I used to have the office in the living area behind the white KALLAX dividers, but I wanted to have that space be more for socializing / coworking. I have a long-term house guest at the moment too, and he needed a place where he could get out of the guest room to work. A perfect test of the LIVING ROOM CAFE concept!
Anyway, back in the office area is my gaming PC (left corner), which is now connected to a roomscale Oculus Rift setup. My primary work computer is the old Macbook Pro which lives on a wheeled cart loaded with A/V gear for doing podcasts and livestreams. A major change I did was hanging the cables that formally lived in a rubber floor conduit, so it’s much easier to wheel the cart from the dining area to the living area.
Now that it’s January, I wanted to reflect on what I’m looking forward to for the year. My slothful December did have one major benefit: I’m REALLY ANTSY about getting moving again on my projects. I think last year’s Groundhog Day Resolutions ended really well, and the refined processes from November will help keep me going. That’s what I hope, anyway…I think I might have a handle on the minimum effective discipline I need to feel like I’m making regular progress without anxiety. So let’s do a quick review of the week and see if that feeling is legitimate or not!
I’ll start this by writing a TWO WEEK version of my regular report format, which is described in my Accrual Log under the Guidance Tab around line 52. Here’s a snapshot:
1. Weeks Assessment: [B+]
I wasn’t really doing anything nor was I tracking goals. However, the three day workweek from January 2 to January 4 is going pretty well, so I’m going to give it a B+ so far. I feel like I can have the weekend to myself. On the downside, the lack of work in December means that I’m having to dip into savings until the next invoice. There’s always a cost. It would have been nice to pack in more billable hours but I think I needed the downtime without guilt.
2. Review of Goal Activity and Achievements
This is the checklist for my major GHDR activities, and largely they’re the same. As before, there are two primary work tasks and a host of personal tasks, which are based on the template from October (LEFT).
Didn’t do any for the last half of December, but I had some good insights into the nature of my software development work. For the first 3 working days of 2019, it seems to be going well. I have my next two weeks scheduled-out workwise.
WORK SLOT 2: STATIONERY and BLOG WORK
After updating my Amazon store listings with the work I did with Brenda, I’ve done a number of blog-related promotions. I updated the word counting calendar and ETP almanac for 2019, and supplied them as perks to my Patreon supporters as well as offering them for sale on my shopify store. I haven’t actually done the last item on the December tasklist, which is to start my tracking spreadsheet for Amazon sales. Doing anything with numbers like that is very tedious for me. This is a great candidate for “minimum effective discipline” action: 5 minutes just gathering one of the items on the tracking list may help me overcome my malaise.
AUX SLOT: PERSONAL MATTERS AND MAINTENANCE
I mentioned cleaning up the living room earlier, so that was a major win. Personally I am feeling pretty good in all aspects, though I’m a little concerned about maintaining revenue generation for the months leading up to a yet-to-be-scheduled trip to Taiwan to visit my dad. My other main initiative in personal stuff is just to continue my weight loss. I ate like a pig this December and have paid for it. I’m back on “slow carb” and “intermittent fasting” every day except for Saturday cheat day; I’ll do the official weigh-in at the beginning of Groundhog Day Resolutions on February 2nd.
3. Choose New Targets
- For STATIONERY / BLOG WORK, I need to make that report for tracking sales. I also want to get my accounting for Q4 2018 closed out.
- For AUX SLOT WORK, continuing to clean up the basement, shred old records, and get rid of junk is my main focus here. I also would like to write a great strategy+implementation guide for GHDR this year; I think I can start to tie everything together finally.
Concrete Milestone Check
- For AUX SLOT WORK, getting rid of the filing cabinet will be an excellent success metric because it’s possible only after I do major cleanup. For the strategy guide, I think if I can produce a weekly status update on my thoughts, complete with updated strategic maps, that would fit the bill.
I’m feeling positive and am getting stuff done. It’s not a lot of stuff, but it’s a realistic amount that my available reserves of energy can handle without being wiped out. From now until February 2nd, I’m in a kind of freeform goal planning and tracking mode.
I am also finding these weekly reviews helpful just for reminding me that I AM doing and learning things. My working memory and sense of time is so unreliable that I think these reports are more essential to my life balance than I thought. Might as well keep doing them, until they stop working.