I've been going through a phase of challenging myself to do things that I haven't been doing often and, oddly enough, it has been working pretty well. I've been going to the gym twice a week (well, it's been a week now that I haven't gone, but it's because I decided to hurt myself doing something yet unknown, probably gym-related), work on core strength, improve the health of my back, read more books and scientific articles, and work on projects at home.
I think the main trick that I've bee using is based on the following logic:
- Keep things simple and consistent
- Set recurring goals with some level of adjustment
- Track them (I'm using both a to-do list with fairly powerful capabilities for setting recurring to-dos, Todoist; and a web-based database, Airtable)
- Compensate for work done - basically I get to watch 2 hours of some TV show/movie for every hour that I go to the gym for
Unfortunately I still have more things that I want to change! Things are right now very inward-focused (either just me, or my immediate family, or my work). The next step is to expand my horizons, make sure that I don't forget important friendships. I just need to figure out how to keep to the same logic and accomplish those things. Challenges are exciting!
Anyway, what does that have to do with blogging? We'll see... I'm actually working now on a company that is not very strict about what I can write about and what I can't, like Amazon was, so that's one of my outward-focused things that I'll try to cultivate. First thing probably will be a blog post about being away from Amazon for 6 months and how that feels. Soon!