Journaling - I’ve implemented a 2 minute journaling task during my Shutdown Routine. It’s a quick braindump of whatever is on my mind about the successes or struggles from the day. It’s helped me keep going. So thanks for that, @joebuhlig. I’m considering implementing the daily tasks AppleScript to dump my completed tasks in this note, too.
Health - My Ergodox shipped, so that’s cool. I’ve been in a bit of an emotional slump this week, so my exercise has been limited.
Relaxation - I finally have had a slower week, which has allowed me more time to relax. My lunch breaks have been spent reading The Lord of the Rings. I’m also finding having 60-90 minutes to myself for reading and doing stuff early in the morning really helps my stress level throughout the day.
My new OmniFocus structure and process has been serving me well. I enjoy working off the row of perspectives for my reviews (thanks @wilsonng!), and I’m actually remembering to do things like water the plants.
That being said, I sometimes find myself aimless and having difficulty to choose what to do next. It seems to be one extreme or the other - so busy I can’t think or prioritize anything, or slow enough to think but unable to make a decision.
There are a number of things. The main one is my wife and I are expecting our 2nd child, and she’s in the not feeling so great stage. As a result, a lot of house chores and taking care of our son fall on me before and after work, when she feels the worst. Work was busy the last few weeks. I overbooked myself with employee reviews and one-on-ones. Reviews are now done, and I moved my one-on-ones from weekly to biweekly. That should gain me a lot more time.
I struggle with verbalizing these things. I have them, but I often find myself reacting to incoming situations vs. making choices based off my priorities. I’m slowly starting to take a second and say, “Does this really need action now, or can it wait?”
I would have to say taking care of my wife and son are high on the list. Being available (within reason) to my reports and customers at work is up there too. I do a good job setting boundaries to separate the two. But sometimes those are the only two things, and then wherever else I feel super far behind, that tend to take priority.
My weekly reviews have helped me recover. Especially after doing a brain dump and really trying to prune my projects.
Otherwise, this is another area I’ve struggled making time for. Additionally, there’s been a nagging sense of other things to do when I am by myself trying to relax, so that time doesn’t always end up helping me recover.
I’m cutting out a big responsibility of mine as a volunteer. That will be worked through next week and will take a sizable load off my back.
I also mostly limited my projects in areas of responsibility to what I’m actively working on, and shoved everything else in Someday/Maybe. However, I still am seeming only to make time for whatever’s urgent or behind (especially housework in this area).
I really like having these conversations. They really help me too.
Something I struggle with is the separation of Work & Home tasks. I feel I don’t have the liberty to neutralize my home tasks during my workday (even though I work from home). So generally, I have about 1-3 hours a day to actually get any outside of day job tasks done.
This one got long, which is great. And I know I got a little gritty real. But that’s how life is – gritty, challenging, and real.