I had a great week last week; I had a terrible week the week before. A week ago, I felt like I was just off track. I noticed on the last night of a long run of late nights. It was 9:00 pm on Thursday night, the kids were finally asleep and I was on my way back to the office, I had just picked up a huge bag of sunflower seeds, a bag of candy corn and a huge cup of cappuccino (gas station classy style.)
I went to the office and finished a marathon of a week that involved finalizing a big batch of articles for the local advertiser paper. I had agreed to do a writing assignment where I’d interview and write a paid article for 20 businesses in Mora. It was not going well. I was way behind and it was turning out to be a lot harder than expected. I spent those last two weeks going into the office after the kids slept and working on these articles late into the night. I’d set my alarm for early the next morning and snooze over and over again. I’d get to the office way later than expected, way too tired to focus, and way to distracted to do my work well.
At the end of that little marathon, I realized I was getting way off track. I was eating really poorly, I was consuming sugar like a teenager, my sleep schedule was way off, and I was performing really badly at work. My home life wasn’t a mess yet, but it was headed there, I was just tired or unfocused whenever I had time to be with the kids or Rana. I kept reminding myself that this is what hard work looks like and that I’m learning a new skill (writing), and it’s not supposed to be easy, but I knew it wasn’t healthy.
That all led me to setting some pretty big goals for the following week; the week just past.
I decided that at work, I would:
- Limit personal email and Facebook checks to specific break times in my day, and NOT leave those windows open while I work.
- Get to inbox zero at the start of the day and at the end of the day
- Prioritize using James Wedmore’s 3 step task management system
- Keep a tidy office.
Physically I would:
- Sleep by 10:30pm daily
- Wake at 5:00am daily
- Run three times
- Do pushups using the 100 pushups app daily
- Take a multivitamin daily
- Do a sugar fast and eat according to the slow-carb diet (4 Hour Body)
- Drink 2 Nalgenes of water/day.
Personally I would:
- Spend quality time one on one with Rana, Aksel and Mia
- Make plans with refreshing friends on the weekend
- Read three chapters of a physical book
- Spend rewarding time outdoors
Spiritually I would
- Have breakfast with my old bible study guys from last year.
- Give some time with the church
- And meditate on scripture at least 4 times
I have to say that although I failed at the running, only met my daily goals 3-4 days out of five and the guys didn’t show up for breakfast on Wednesday; I felt amazing progress. All of these little actions led to a major change in the makeup of my days, and I feel great about it.
On Friday, the special newspaper that I’d worked so hard on came out, and I feel really proud about what I was able to accomplish, and that I was entrusted with that task. I realize that despite all of the poor habits I’d gotten into; I was getting paid to write published material. Not much, but it was a huge accomplishment.
As I think about all of this; I realize that I have so much to learn and so much to work on, but I feel a huge sense of accomplishment with all that happened last week and with the big improvement in my energy and focus that resulted. I look forward to another great week of setting clear goals and failing just a little less.
20 articles in here were written by me. That’s huge for me.