Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (July 2019)

Checking in for July for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging. This is about making small changes during the year to make larger changes.

  • Administrative focus: My administrative focus went completely out the window this past month. I felt like I was always behind and struggling. Things kept on my task lists for way too long. I didn't review them like I felt I should, so stuff stayed on those lists for far too long. I'm going to make more of an effort to review these lists and keeping them current. Also putting in the effort to do some of these not-as-important things to get them off of my mind and out of my lists.

  • Writing more: I hope blogging counts, because I haven't really written much. I'm going to do more blogging in the coming weeks, but I'd also like to get back into a journaling habit. Not sure if I want to do this on the computer or with pen and paper, but that may be a focus later in the month.

  • Design more: Had a bit of an epiphany about my inhibitions to design things this morning. I'm scared that what I will design won't measure up to my standards, so I have avoided doing any designs. That's a pattern that I've noticed in other parts of my life (programming, writings, etc.). So I'm going to spend some time this month pushing into that discomfort of designing even if it does suck, because the only way to get better at this is to do it.

  • Programming more: Had some success with this. I worked through The Rust Programming book (the first few chapters) and have started up with The Django for Professionals book by W. S. Vincent. I'll have more on these in the coming weeks.

  • Getting out of debt: I've made the opposite of progress on this (regress?). I think this contributed in part to my lack of administrative focus as well. Currently working through the discomfort of not being where I want to be with our finances, and feeling better about it.

  • Physical Health: Let it ride is not a good long-term strategy here, but it's what I'm using.

  • Mindfulness: Still practicing with this throughout the day, though it's not something I've been active with this past month.

  • Deeper work: Had some moments of deeper work this past month with the slides for my presentation. Will focus on this with the design and programming work that I want to achieve this month.