Category: Weekly Update

Weekly Update: Internet-less

I’m taking tomorrow off for a family event so this is a short week. It’s also been a week without internet at home, so I’ve been working at coffee shops and in the office for a few hours in the late mornings and trying to do work offline at home in the early mornings and afternoons. (Apparently our cable line got cut through by the neighbors, so our cable internet is down for at least this week and maybe more.)

This has actually been a good opportunity to try to use the Tim Ferriss method of only checking email at limited times! Unfortunately it’s been hard to cram all my online work into a couple of hours so I’ve been suffering in other work-related areas.

As is typical with the week immediately following Groundhog Day Resolution review day, I’ve gotten off to a great start; exercising (defined loosely — biking/walking to the coffee shop has counted!), eating a healthy lunch, keeping my gratitude journal, weighing myself, and having morning devotional time has all happened for four days in a row. 🙂

Thanks to comment-makers: Angela Yee, Holly, Penny, Gilda, Melissa, Katy, and Kate Davis.

Weekly Update: Mostly good

Back to a mostly normal week! Health/fitness routines are completely off, however. Serious problem of inertia — I stopped moving, and I can’t get back into it! Maybe Groundhog Day Resolution review day (coming up this Sunday on 11/11) will help jump-start me.

  • Health/fitness:
    • Weigh myself daily – 😐
    • Walk 30 minutes every day – 😐 I walked exactly twice this whole week. Shame on me!
    • Keep track of blood sugar and diet – 😦 I’ve slacked off on keeping detailed track of my diet, although my blood sugar hasn’t suffered too greatly, but I’ve definitely been eating more starches than I should. No excuses other than plain ol’ laziness! 🙂 However, I have made bonus steps in line with my long-term goal of “Nutrition: I prepare healthy meals, eat organic foods, and plan menus” because we have been buying food almost exclusively at the local farmer’s market or from the local food co-op, which provides lots of organic choices.
  • Work:
    • Complete 3/6 small biz client projects – 8) Awesome! I finished up another web project yesterday and sent off my invoice. I pushed pretty hard to get this one finally done in the past few weeks (it’s been an “open project” since July) and am pretty proud of myself for doing so. (I also added on another small project, so this makes 2/7 complete with one more project on deck as soon as I can email a proposal off.)
  • Personal:
    • Keep up gratitude journal – 🙂
  • House:
    • Finish reading book about buying first-time home.
    • Look at budget and analyze to see if we could afford monthly expenses.
    • Talk to mom about borrowing money.

I realized that I’ve been forgetting to thank comment-makers! So, thanks to Katy, Steven, Mike Rohde, entropicon, sahil simon, bijouhamtaropika, lisa, Leslie, penny, Diana, Charisse, doodah (welcome back!), Angela Yee, mark, gilda, Amanda, catherine, Splash/ClickerTrainer, Erica, sam, Kristine, LB, pk, Kate Davis, Shafir Ahmad, and Paul Williams.

Weekly Update: Slight derailment

Steve was off work this week, so most of my non-work time (i.e., the time I would have spent to post blogs) was spent hanging out with him. This also meant that we slept in (usually up at 5 am) and routines went off-kilter.

  • Health/fitness:
    • Weigh myself daily – 😐
    • Walk 30 minutes every day – 😐
    • Keep track of blood sugar and diet – 🙂
  • Work:
    • Complete 3/6 small biz client projects – 🙂 Good progress on all fronts!
  • Personal:
    • Keep up gratitude journal – 🙂
  • House:
    • Finish reading book about buying first-time home. 
    • Look at budget and analyze to see if we could afford monthly expenses. 
    • Talk to mom about borrowing money.

I think next week will be a bit more normal!

Weekly Update: Feeling great

Great week!

  • Health/fitness:
    • Weigh myself daily – 🙂
    • Walk 30 minutes every day – 😀 This is turning into a general “exercise daily” goal. I’ve walked, biked errands, or gone to the gym every day this week.
    • Keep track of blood sugar and diet – 🙂
  • Work:
    • Complete 3/6 small biz client projects – 😀 One project completed! The second got a big shot of work done this week. I’m expecting one last round of revisions before I wrap things up.
    • Bonus: I worked on some article drafts.
  • Personal:
    • Keep up gratitude journal – 🙂
  • House:
    • Finish reading book about buying first-time home. 🙂 Done!
    • Look at budget and analyze to see if we could afford monthly expenses. 🙂 Done, but it’s not looking very good. Sigh.
    • Talk to mom about borrowing money.

Also, I forgot to post updates about my blog action day actions:

  • One-time: Swap the halogen light with the bedroom light. 🙂 Did it later than intended, but done!
  • One-time: Call our city to request a free compost bin. 🙂 Delegated to hubby who made the phone call. They sent us a booklet to read through and we have to fill out a form to get the bin. Haven’t done that part yet.
  • Ongoing: Start washing and reusing ziploc bags. 🙂 Going well.

Applying some of the 4 Hour Workweek principles has definitely been a good thing.

  • I make a short to-do list at the end of my day for the next workday.
  • I don’t check my email until I get at least one of the major tasks done.
  • I “hide” myself from IM when I’m trying to power through something.
  • I do everything possible to get through my to-do list, keeping me from being distracted by other things.
  • I try to be done with work by the time Steve gets home — if not before — no matter when I start working in the day. This has given me some “down time” (which I spend reading for fun) when I get done early! I think there was only one day this week when I went over by half an hour after Steve got home because I had a late meeting scheduled.
  • I practiced saying “no” to a door-to-door salesman, a telemarketer, a friend who asked me to volunteer for an event, and a potentially stressful job that I didn’t think I could do in time.
  • I provided my first fixed project quote.

In combination with GTD, I’ve been feeling more in-control and less reactive this week. I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend! The only computer task I plan on doing is updating our budget spreadsheet on Sunday afternoon when Steve goes to play basketball.

Weekly Update: Reflection and Reset

This was a good week for reflection. I revamped my goals and did a bit of bigger-picture thinking with work as I read through The 4 Hour Workweek.

Based on my revamped goals, here’s how my week has been going:

  • Health/fitness:
    • Weigh myself daily – 🙂
    • Walk 30 minutes every day – 🙂 Hooray! Well, to be honest, on Wednesday I didn’t walk in the morning, but Steve and I biked to the gym so I think that counts as exercise.
    • Keep track of blood sugar and diet – 🙂
  • Work:
    • Complete 3/6 small biz client projects – 😀 I have two small changes to make to a client site, but then the invoice is off!
    • Bonus: I reconnected with some of my contacts about writing more articles.
  • Personal:
    • Keep up gratitude journal – 🙂

I’ve also decided to add one more goal. Steve and I would really like to own our own home. We have been thinking it would take a long time to save up money, etc., etc., but after meeting with a financial planner it looks like we could do it sooner than later in terms of pulling together a down payment, although I’m not sure yet how our monthly budget would fare. So, here are some new milestones for me to complete by 11/11:

  • House:
    • Finish reading book about buying first-time home.
    • Look at budget and analyze to see if we could afford monthly expenses.
    • Talk to mom about borrowing money.

Thanks to people who have commented this past week: Kate Davis, Sally, Diana, Kristine, ClickerTrainer, Margaret, BlueBeetle(one), Bog, vikas, and Penny.

Weekly Update: Good work week

This week was much better than last in terms of productivity with work, but as I mentioned in my Groundhog Day Resolution Review, my other goals have been rather stagnant. I’m looking forward to taking some time tomorrow to reflect on my goals and either revamp, reprioritize, or reinitiate them. I’ve also been reading The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, which could have some implications for restructuring my goals.

  • Fitness and health: No gym; biked/walked around town yesterday although not officially “exercising.” Will be walking at some point today but am waiting to see if the rain lets up. 🙂
  • Routines: Good.
  • Custom Shadow Box: Nothing.
  • Branding: Nothing.
  • Work: Awesome! Seem to have my focus back this week and have been cranking on stuff.
  • Personal: Good.

Thanks to people who commented this week: Ddrdancer, y0mbo, azazil, Erik, Dave, Amy, Diana, Kate Davis, Angela Yee, The Wife, Kristine, ClickerTrainer, James Haffly, and Gilda.

Weekly Update: Meh.

I was very tired and not feeling well the first half of this week, which directly impacted my productivity level.

  • Fitness and health: I’ve canceled my detailed six-meal menus. I think I’ve got the hang of it now and am able to go through my day without expending too much energy thinking about food. I didn’t go to the gym at all, but did go walking several times this week.
  • Routines: Good.
  • Custom Shadow Box: Nothing.
  • Branding: Nothing.
  • Work: I was not very productive in the first half of the week, but have been super-productive the past couple of days. I’m still very behind with some projects, unfortunately.
  • Personal: Nothing new.

I missed my GTD weekly review last week so I’m going to take extra time today to get my thoughts back in order!

Thanks to people who commented this week: Marcia, Ddrdancer, Jen (#1),  Jen (#2),  @Stephen, Diana, Penny, Paul, Splash, Britt, Moira Mackay, and Soroush.

Weekly Update: Ambivalent

I’m feeling a bit ambivalent this morning about my week — probably because overall I’ve had a great week, but I feel rather tired and a little bit grumpy this morning so I think that’s coloring my recollections.

  • Fitness and health: I’m keeping very detailed track of the food I eat and planning very detailed menus. We made it out to the gym only once this week; it’s extra-crowded because students are back in town and apparently have nothing to do except go to the gym. I was hoping that I’d be back into a regular fitness routine by now, but I’m giving myself some grace because this food thing is really sucking up a lot of my time and mental energy. Maybe next month!
  • Routines: I’m still managing to fill out most of my bubbles.
  • Custom Shadow Box: This past weekend I designed one side of a brochure. This weekend, hopefully I’ll be able to work on the other side! In the meantime, I haven’t even attempted any of my other mini-goals this month but perhaps I’ll check one thing off my list and send follow-up emails after I post this blog.
  • Branding: Big fat WHIFF. I had meant to use two hours on Monday to tweak the blog/site design but I ended up working extra-long hours instead. This looks like another weekend project but I would like to spend some time with Steve, so maybe not.
  • Work: Quite productive this week.
  • Personal: This week has been very good yet also challenging in some areas. Today, especially, my patience is already at its limit (and it’s only 7:42 am). I feel like I’m in a spiritual/character growth spurt as I grow to meet these challenges; so in the long run, it’s a good thing, but I’m definitely going through some growing pains! (Gratitude journal still going strong.)

Thanks to everyone who has commented this week: Arianne, ramsesoriginal, Mike Compeau, Mike Rohde, Angela Yee, Gilda, Amanda Farler, Brian, Diana, Brian Green, Natisha Melchor, ClickerTrainer, Penny, and Kate Davis.

Weekly update: Life happens.

I lost six work hours this week from having to go to the hospital clinic, first for a three-hour glucose tolerance test (at least I got some reading done), then for the dietitian/nurse/midwife appointment. With an increased project load, this week has been more stressful than most.

  • Fitness and health: Missed both gym days this week because of meetings and hospital visits. I did manage to go on two short walks – yay! I also spent a big chunk of Wednesday evening putting together some sample daily menus to plan some options for breakfast, lunch, and three snacks to balance out my carbs, protein, fat, milk, veggie, and fruit allowances (with generic values assigned for dinner). Then, I used some of those sample menus to plan out detailed menus for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This is starting to turn into its own post so I’ll stop here for now — let’s just say that I’m excited to meet the challenge of detailed menu planning!
  • Routines: Fairly good this week minus exercise.
  • Custom Shadow Box, Branding: Nothing this week, although I have planned to work on a brochure this weekend for Custom Shadow Box.
  • Work: More work, less time to do it. I also started teaching a six-week online class for PixelMill (about transitioning from Microsoft FrontPage to Expression Web) and the first week went well.
  • Personal: Still keeping up the gratitude journal and taking care of myself!

Thanks to this week’s comment-posting readers: Entropicon, Penny, Kristof Beirnaert, Marcia (Organising Queen), Mike Compeau, Samantha, bijouhamtaropika, Splash/ClickerTrainer, Britt, Kate Davis, Doodah, David, and Robert A. Mowrey.

Weekly Update: On the up and up!

I’m feeling very optimistic because I had my first REALLY productive work-day yesterday since before we moved. I’m also slowly but steadily getting back into my routines and taking care of myself. It also helped that Groundhog Resolution Review Day was at the beginning of the week — it’s always a good jump start!

  • Fitness: We started going to the gym again this week. However, I’ve slacked off on exercising on the other days that we don’t go to the gym.
  • Routines: Slowly getting back into the swing of things! Filling out my bubble form is helpful and motivating.
  • Custom Shadow Box and Branding: No forward progress, but I scheduled some workdays for this next month.
  • Work: I felt overwhelmed the first half of the week (and also felt very tired), but yesterday was a great productive day and I think today will be, as well!
  • Personal: After reading Thanks!, I restarted my gratitude journal and (in addition to getting enough sleep) have been noticing a significant difference in my attitude and optimism level!

Two week’s worth of comments — thanks to: Angela Yee, Kristine, Gilda, Catherine, Penny, ddrdancer, Shoeb Ahmed, Shannon, Doodah, Ayesha97, Troy Worman, Mike Rohde, and Brian!