Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (July 2021)

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.

  • Work on my game projects at least three times a week: This month was also difficult for me to do anything related to game design. I found myself struggling to do my normal work and found that game design was just something extra to add to that pile. I'm going to take August off from doing game design just to recharge myself and determine if this is something that I still want to pursue.

  • Meditation and mindfulness: Not as much as I would have liked. Whenever I did take the time to meditate I enjoyed it, and whenever I slowed down to be mindful I felt more relaxed and present. Useful skills, but I don't tend to remember to do them as often as I should.

  • Work with less distractions and more focus on deeper work (Relentlessly prune bullshit): I've been finding myself doing this organically with my desire to pull back whenever I'm overloaded. Still need to work more on the pruning piece (I'm still not quite where I want to be regarding non-bullshit) but can say that there's been movement on this.

  • Walk or ride the recumbent bike at least four times a week: Warm days make it more difficult to do this, though I have brought out my juggling stuff to do more exercise. Also the exercise bike got folded up when we had the possibility of a flooded basement, so I'll need to unfold that again.

  • Get further out of debt: Making progress on this. Can see the light at the end of one of our credit cards. Still spending too much on physical and PDF books. I think part of that is looking for comfort.

  • Play more games: You'd think this is an area I'd excel at given the stressors of the month. Leave it to me to turn playing games into a chore. WE did manage to play a game of Azul on the last day of the month, but overall I'm struggling to get the energy to do any solo roleplaying or to sit down and play literally any games (Zaccaria Pinball notwithstanding). Need to give myself more fun and exploration.

  • Spend at least one night a week working on programming projects: PyOhio was yesterday and it's the firs time in a while that I have thought "I should do more programming" in a long while. Maybe August could be the month where this gets more attention.

  • Declutter and make our place more alive: Trying to keep stasis between incoming and outgoing. Made some headway, but more to work on here.

Overall the month was more about maintenance than anything. I think August will focus more on recharging and refocusing.Ever onward.