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

Checking in for December 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: Really fell off the wagon on this one. I stalled a lot in my designs and development. This is still something there though and I need to bring it to light.

  • Meditation and mindfulness: Did better with this, but always more room for improvement.

  • Work with less distractions and more focus on deeper work (Relentlessly prune bullshit): Still finding myself diving into distractions. I'm recognizing when it happens but I'm still throwing myself into distractions. Still an area to work on.

  • Walk or ride the recumbent bike at least four times a week: Oof. Did a little bit of exercise but not much. Still another area that I need to work on.

  • Get further out of debt: Making some strides here. Paid off a credit card, and have the rest in my sights.

  • Play more games: Still finding some resistance here, but played some video games and a couple of RPGs.

  • Spend at least one night a week working on programming projects: Had some success with this. Worked on some Atari programming and reading through a book on advanced programming techniques. Will see where this leads.

  • Declutter and make our place more alive: Making more progress on this, but it's still slow. Trying to speed this up.

Overall 2021 was an interesting year. Lots of things went well, but also had a lot of stress and burnout. Here's my intentions for 2022.

  • Complete my game design projects to allow others to enjoy them: Going to give this the most focus I can.

  • Do more non-work programming and chase my "white whales": I have a lot of programming projects that I've wanted to get better at (Atari programming, C Programming language, etc.) and this year it's time to give them the attention they deserve.

  • Be more mindful and focused in my day-to-day activities: Continuing the trend.

  • Add more joy into my life, either with games reading, or other relaxing activities: Doing things that I enjoy. What a concept?

  • Allow myself to do more with less (distractions, acquisition, commitments, etc.): Being OK with what I have and checking to see which things are necessary and not some fantasies.

  • Notice when I'm overwhelmed and let go as much as I can: Pretty self-explanatory.

  • Declutter: More of the same, but not just physical things.

  • Continue removing debt: Pulling out of the debt hole.

Happy 2022 everyone!