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

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

  • Administrative focus: I've continued to let this slip a bit. I've not been nearly as focused on my next actions lists as I would like. I've let things pile up over several days / weeks and then had to make a large event to process it. This has been most notable in emptying my inbox where things will pile up over the course of a few days / weeks and not move in that timeframe. I'm not sure what I can do to help with that, but for now it's something that has been giving me a sense of guilt and grief. I have been working more on keeping my lists current though, so that's a small win.

  • Writing more: I've been working on the Pepper&Carrot RPG, which has sparked some of my writing thoughts. It hasn't been as consistent as I would like (that's the theme for this month) but at least I can say that I've done some work in this area.

  • Design more: See above. I'd like to thank Michael Lucas' Gatecrasher and the Fudge RPG system for uncorking this and getting my head back into the design space.

  • Programming more: Work-wise I've been programming, but otherwise I haven't given this the attention it deserves. Pity too because I would like to do some more of this (especially with Django and Rust). Perhaps that will get some attention next month.

  • Getting out of debt: What's the opposite of progress? Regress? I've made a lot of regress in this area. If anyone would like to help contribute to the pay down my damn debts fund I would be grateful. I have a Liberapay account.

  • Physical Health: No significant change here.

  • Mindfulness: I've been working on my mental awareness as I struggle, but reminding myself to do this is a challenge.

  • Deeper work: I made some progress with this. I've been asking myself if I need to take that social media hit or the email hit in order to distract myself. Sometimes the answer is "no", but there have been a few times where I've really fallen off the wagon in looking for comfort.