• Weekly Review 0715 – Single Mission Necessity

    July 16, 2019

    In the official July 7 GHDR Assessment, I wrote a rambling analysis of what I was doing wrong in thinking about my goals.

    • ANALYSIS: I’m not making progress that feels meaningful.
    • HYPOTHETICAL FIX: I should define my tasks as complete mini project briefs that embody desire, questions to answer, and a target person’s actual needs so I have a complete context to work with.

    While I really want to do is make progress on my big aspirational goals, but for the next few weeks I need to focus on developing software for our internal August 1 deadline. This gives me clarity about how to proceed, but the thing I’m not doing are weighing heavily on my mind. To help keep my head clear of these distracting details, I spent a couple of hours making a list of everything on my mind:

    Weekly Plan There are three project areas on the left, and I’ve highlighted the key areas that I’ll focus on this week. A large miscellaneous task list and scheduled interruptions are the other happenings for the week that will eventually get done.

    A challenge for myself is to make ANY progress on a non-software job, particularly posting something new to my site to try to get things moving. I find mustering the discipline to make progress on projects that no one is asking for very difficult, but that will be my challenge to report on next week.

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    Dave Seah
  • July Groundhog Day Resolution Report – Bad at Goal Setting

    July 8, 2019

    I wish setting goals were this easy Time to do another monthly progress check for my 2019 goals! The short answer is I am bad at setting goals. The longer answer is that maybe I need to repackage goals so they work with the peculiarities of my brain. Something more enticing to my natural tastes, perhaps? (more…)

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  • Weekly Review 0701 – Cutting to the Bone

    July 1, 2019

    Tomatoes and Basil Taking Root In last week’s report:

    • Declared that my goal was building and sharing things, and everything else should feed into that including my work and other responsibilities.
    • Recognized just how much distraction comes from scheduled events, and vowed to reduce it even further.
    • Pondered that I might be destined to be a community manager instead of a maker, and have been mulling this last week.
    • Considered how telling people what I think up front works versus inviting discussion from people to emerge what to do. In some cases, people just want to be told. In others, they are looking for collaboration,. I should be mindful of which approach to use when.
    • Reported that 60 minutes of cardio every day was having positive effects on my mental state.

    Let’s review how the week went from there. (more…)

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    Dave Seah
  • Progress Report: Two Weeks of Cardio

    July 1, 2019

    As I reported last week, I’ve been doing an hour of cardio a day for 14 days to see if it is a simple formula for increased hotness. I’m not sure if it is yet, because it certainly has been a formula for increased eating, but there have been these benefits:

    • It’s a great ritual to start the day when I get up, because it’s a simple directive: put on gym clothes and drive to the gym before doing anything else.
    • Because I have nowhere to go while doing the cardio, there are no distractions so I can think about the activities of the day.
    • It’s not boring because I’ve figured out how to fill the time. I’m using an elliptical machine exclusively, and its smoothness allows me to use an iPad.
    • The intensity and duration have increased my cardiovascular fitness by at least 30 percent over 14 days, so I feel physically good.

    On the downside, I have lost no weight and am still at 200 pounds, which is up 20 pounds from my low of 180 before heading to Taiwan last April.

    I do feel a little thinner, but not appreciably so. I haven’t measured my waist yet and I don’t think I will for another two weeks.

    I’m planning on continuing to do this, because the start of day benefits are worthwhile! Fat loss will be an inevitable side effects.

    I’ll check-in again in mid-July to report if there’s been any change!

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  • Weekly Review 0624 – Accepting Imperfection

    June 24, 2019

    Terrible Pineapple Cakes In last week’s report:

    • Recognized that I have too many schedule-interrupting commitments.
    • Accepted even with my reduced goal list, I am still trying to do way more than I can handle.
    • Accepted the reality of my distracted brain. I can’t change it, so let me work with it.
    • Accepted that herding a distracted brain is a full time job, so it is part of the cost of being.
    • Decided that feeling ashamed about it doesn’t help, so to hell with that. Shame doesn’t help me learn or achieve.
    • Remembered my main strategic goal is to make new works to share with people, because sharing makes me happy and creates pathways to interesting opportunities.

    With regards to making progress on my work and my Groundhog Day Resolutions goals, it’s been slow going. Partly this is because I’ve been building new processes to help manage my distracted nature; the idea is to have a solid foundation and realistic ways to track progress without it all being too overwhelming to remember. But have I made anything and shared it? No. Let’s break it down. (more…)

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    Dave Seah