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  • GHDR Weekly Review 8.2 – Standardizing My Review Process

    October 22, 2018

    Pineapple Cakes Standardization Process - a fitting metaphor to my attempt to standardize my weekly reviews! I still find it difficult to remember what happened during the week, and I also don’t like spending too much time on these reports every Sunday. So, I’ve made more refinements to the process I laid out last week!

    First, I made a cheat sheet for remembering what my goals are:

    October Goals Setting In the sheet, I designated four areas that I’m focusing on out of my entire set of GHDR goals. The two on the left are the “elective goals” that have external relevance, while the ones on the right are ones that are more about my internal fulfillment and interests. I’m not quite sure how to describe them, but they are tasks that are currently on my mind so I’m listing them.

    To help make the task of writing this report less onerous, I’ve been noting observations in a draft of the report blog post. As a bonus, I’ve been writing my drafts in my “Knowledge Management Software” development directory:

    Knowledge Management Folder Structure While the software part isn’t working, I’m actively using the content folder to keep track of all my research and writing. It’s backed-up to a private repo on GitHub so I can access it from anywhere. For the curious, I’m using Visual Studio Code for all my text editing needs these days; it has a nice Markdown Preview built-into it.

    Next, I updated the Review Process, splitting it into three phases:

    1. GATHER ACTIVITY DATA
    2. ASSESS ACTIVITY DATA
    3. SET NEW TARGETS

    The specific steps are also printed and taped to my laptop:

    October Review Checklist I think this will work, but I won’t know until we run through the list. Let’s see how the week of October 15-21 went! (more…)

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  • GHDR Weekly Review 8.1 – New Standards and Practices

    October 15, 2018

    Charcoal Peanuts It’s only been a few days since I posted my October 10 Report for Groundhog Day Resolutions, but I want to establish a quicker review process that helps me stay focused. I think the last refactor of my GHDRs makes it possible to do so.

    I’m proposing the following format:

    1. Succinctly evaluate how I “feel” about the past week with respect to my current success principles in social, personal, and professional practice.
    2. Evaluate accomplishments with respect to my current activity centers of work, community building, and self care.
    3. Itemize accomplishments and evaluate moral with respect to active projects within each activity center.
    4. Review the week’s #accountability list from the Discord chat room.
    5. Pick active projects for the upcoming project, based on my desire and outside dependencies that set priorities, with nod toward feeling achievement.
    6. Make a short list of milestones for each active project to reach for in the next week.

    So let’s see how this goes! The success metric for this new weekly process is to (1) make it faster and more succinct so (2) it’s easier for me (and others) to read. (more…)

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  • 2018 Goals Review 08: Acceptance and Advancement

    October 11, 2018

    Experimenting with Expression Again I am late posting review #8 for my 2018 Groundhog Day Resolutions! It’s taken me a while to distill my thoughts.

    After several months of experimenting with my time and expectation management processes, I have three major insights that drive this month’s review:

    • Surprise Insight #1: I am ALREADY quite prepared to take on my challenges, so stop worrying about that part of it. I am not perfect at it, but I am skilled enough to START and learn along the way.
    • Surprise Insight #2: I am ALREADY living my Groundhog Day Resolutions as a daily habit and way of life. That is in itself a MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT. I can relax knowing that the habit will tend to keep me on the path.
    • Acceptance Insight #3: Like it or not, I have an EASILY DISTRACTED BRAIN and years of pursuing focus and discipline methods have not changed permanently changed its nature. So instead of constantly being frustrated with it, let it produce what it does in the way it does. It’s still good stuff, so I’ll stop worrying about how it makes the sausage.

    Taken as a whole, I think I’ve start to accept myself for who I am, shortcomings and all. I found this quote by Michael Shur quite relevant and beautiful:

    “In the face of so much badness […] it is always tempting to give up. But the heroic thing is simply to try.”

    In the spirit of trying, I’ve reorganized my Groundhog Day Resolutions goals yet again to take these new insights into account. The goals themselves are the same, but I’m just thinking about them from another point of view. (more…)

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  • GHDR Weekly Review 7.2 – Slow is Smooth, and Smooth is Fast

    October 3, 2018

    'Pancakes in a Minute' seen at a Holiday Inn Express Hey everyone! Another belated report on my ever-evolving Groundhog Day Resolutions Goals! Originally I thought I’d be posting these every Sunday, but I’m finding that I need a day or two between each reflection session. I think that’s OK, and results in a better report.

    Last week, I was primarily concerned about the kickoff meeting for a new project called MEME, which is a supporting software tool for researchers studying different approaches to teaching scientific systems thinking in 5th graders. The kickoff was at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and I hugely enjoyed meeting the team. I spent a couple days afterwards brainstorming our approach with my development partners. There’s several threads of inquiry and investigation with respect to the code we’ll be developing. This is directly related to my software development goals for 2018, so BIG WIN there.

    Discussing system models in kickoff meeting I also had a chance to review my thoughts on hiring a business consultant to help me get momentum with my stationery business. I’ve not put much effort into growing or supporting the Emergent Task Planner and related tools. I’ve been talking to Brenda to see what we can set up, and I’ve also been thinking about exactly what I need from such collaboration. I’ve tried this a few times in the past, and my working theory is that I might benefit more from setting the expectations myself rather than seeing what the consultant suggests. Brenda’s willing to give this a shot, so I’m looking forward to kicking-off an initial session. Developing my stationery business is one of my business goals for 2018, so that’s another GHDR win!

    Those are the highlights; let’s get into the details! (more…)

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  • GHDR Weekly Review 7.1 – Remixing Life Principles

    September 25, 2018

    Choosing Pumpkins Time for my somewhat-delayed weekly Groundhog Day Resolutions Review! In September’s Monthly Review, I had the thought that maybe I was doing OK as far as my goals were going, and I have just not allowed myself to see the positive side of the process. Instead of celebrating effort, I have been very results-focused in my thinking because I can’t abide ideation without corresponding tangible results. While this insight has served me well, the dark side has been continual feelings of inadequacy. Let’s get into it! (more…)

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