Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad; whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen.
- John le Carre
- John le Carre
Another week, another check-in. I’ve just posted another vid on my YouTube channel. Speaking of, since it’s a 3-day weekend, I’m going to start embedding the vids with their respective blog posts on this site.
This past week has been a very good one overall in terms of improvement. When you’re in the midst of it, it doesn’t feel like progress is being made. it feels like you’re just going through the motions - one task to the next. This is why I feel it’s crucial for me to review my week as I have been since the beginning of the year. Only then can I actually step back and see what I have accomplished, what obstacles came into the picture and whether or not I overcame these challenges (and how).
The old and different version of myself would’ve just focused on what I didn’t accomplish; the shortcomings and why I failed to do certain things.
My present state has been handling situations in a healthier way, in my opinion. I set personal and professional goals, break them down into actionable tasks and track my progress.
What I share here and on my vids are but a small fraction of the whole. Small but vital components that contribute to the success (or failure) of my larger goals.
It’s also important to recognize when things are out of my control. For instance, my commute home was delayed significantly one night due to train issues. As much as it annoyed me to lose that time, it was out of my hands. There was another night where I ended up leaving work a half hour later than normal. I plan on gaining that half hour back this forthcoming week by leaving half hour early. So it will even out at least.
Journaling:2X which is my minimum
Drawing: After work, I managed to draw twice this week at about 1.5 hours per session
Leisure time: TV = Dr. Who, Prodigal Son; Reading (during commute but it counts)
Blog post: Once, last Saturday
Healthy diet: More fruits, veggies, low-sodium food, less sugary,
Daily meditation: 2 out of 7 days
Finding opportunities to take time back where you think there isn’t any. For example, reading while commuting, listening to audio books while doing chores. Preparing for the workweek in advance by setting aside the clothes you’re going to wear and planning what you’re going to have for lunch.
What doesn’t work:
Not getting enough sleep
How did your week go? I hope you accomplished a lot. Don’t forget to take care of yourself in the process.
I am pushing it really close with this blog entry. It’s 11:30pm. I try to get this posted before midnight. Typically, I’d have it done early afternoon but this past week is all about adapting to changes.
Someone once told me that saying “Rabbit” on the first day of the month will bring you good fortune for the rest of that month.
Happy February. We are already in month two of 2020. I hope your year has been good thus far. Mine’s had its share of challenges but nothing major, in my opinion. The blessings far outweigh any hassle and I hope it stays that way. The changes I’ve implemented at the beginning of the year and even a couple of months prior to that has been truly helpful in improving my outlook in general and how I cope with and react to obstacles.
I just uploaded video 18 on YouTube which briefly covers and tracks my progress in terms of making art, personal development, and ensuring I have leisure time / ME time for this week.
No energy slumps this week, thankfully. Not like the one last week. I did have to push through on Friday since it was a particularly super mega busy day. It was already evening and I still haven’t worked out. My brain started to make excuses as to why I should just skip it and postpone until the next day. It’s just old habits trying to sneak back in just as it sees a bit of weakness. I pushed through it and worked out anyway. I’m pretty proud of that. Last year, I would’ve just given in and procrastinated.
Goals I reached this week:
Self-improvement = Exercised 3X
Creative pursuits = I worked on my ink drawing (grid series); wrote a blog post
Leisure time = I was able to play some games on STEAM and watch some TV shows I’ve been trying to keep up with
Goals I didn’t complete fully:
Daily Meditation (5 out of 7 days)
Journaling (1 out of 2 days)
How was your week? Hope it was a good one. If not, there’s always next week to work on.
Until then, “Rabbit.”
I’m typing this blog post as I wait for this week’s YT video to render (currently at 66% uploaded.) Better late than never. The last two videos and posts were typically up by middle of the day on Saturday. We’re a minute shy of 10pm and I’m still at it.
It’s indicative of the kind of week it’s been. Nothing bad, just a lot of changes and events here and there which shifted a lot of my tasks.
While I didn’t get all of my weekly goals checked off, it would have been much worse if I didn’t have any schedule in place at all. A year ago, something like this would have completely thrown me off guard. I’m not sure what changed this time around but for once, I’m ok with it.
Of course, there are certain times where I feel it’s optimal to do certain things.
For instance, meditation first thing in the morning is what works for me. But this past week, I actually missed a day (it was that busy), and on a couple of days, including today, I have to put it off until later. The same thing can be said with my workouts. I prefer to do them during a certain time and certain days, but this week, I had to bump two days towards later in the week. The important thing is that I get them done as these are habits I’m trying to instill for the long term.
Goals that were reached this week:
What I did not get to do in its entirety:
Plan by week, augmented with revisiting nightly to see if there are any changes that could affect the rest of the schedule for the next day.
What doesn’t work:
Not getting early enough on weekends. I need these crucial quite times to get work done.
Time to wrap this up. The vid has rendered and is posted.
Have a great week. Make some stuff. Do kind things.
I just posted a new vid on YouTube. I would’ve been done sooner but I decided to add background music to it. In doing that I needed to use an audio editor to cut and splice the music so that it was sufficient for the length of the video. It was a bit tricky but the loop came out alright and I like the way the vid turned out.
It was good to be able to work on my ink drawings again. I’ll be doing more of it this week, even if it’s just an hour a day. Everytime life gets busy my art and writing seems to be the things that are sacrificed and pushed aside. As if they’re not important enough to fit into my life. Although no matter how long I fall into a slump, I’m always drawn back into drawing and writing (pun not intentional).
What I hope to accomplish by planning, tracking, putting out videos, is that it’ll become a new habit that I’m not willing to set aside so easily.
So here’s a quick run-down of which specific goals were reached this week:
What I did not get to do:
What doesn’t work:
It’s snowing outside and I have a few things to take care of so I can hit the drawing board this evening.
How has your week been? Are you working on any personal projects at the moment?
Trying on a new year for size and comfort is always strange isn’t it?
I have been using a bullet journal since August 2019 to set and track goals. I break things down by week which seems to work at the moment.
Some main to-dos that I completed for online work last week were minor site updates, blog post, and some YT updates. YT updates took longer than usual since it’s been awhile since I uploaded a vid and the platform has made changes since I last did anything with it.
I spent some time the last couple of days creating basic templates so that my workflow is better. I’ll see how it goes for the next vid.
It’s been a very busy week and while it’s been productive, my energy level has not been the same since I haven’t been exercising for a couple of weeks now. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I caught the flu a week before Christmas, and I still have a minor cough from that illness. This forthcoming week, I am back to my exercise routine which should significantly improve my overall energy and mood.
I still have to do some planning for the week so I’ll conclude this entry now.