Welcome to The Journey to Magnificence! This is week thirteen: May 6-May 12, 2018.
It makes sense to change the format of this post occasionally. If you’re a regular reader you’ll notice that the list of past posts is now at the bottom, so not to clutter the bulk of what I want to share with you about my week.
This week was actually a rousing success in terms of getting the planned stuff done! I kept my list SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. I was specific about time spent on things, the number of things, how many words to write, etc.
It looks like it worked out pretty well!
What I Said I’d Do
- Spend an hour doing email management, since I have almost 800 unread emails. SOB
- Watch one video from Simple Pin Master Course.
- Watch two videos from Time Management Magic.
- Finish and schedule the post for May 17th.
- Write at least 1000 words for the post for May 24th.
- And lastly, be intentional about my days and realistic about how much I can fit into them.
What I Actually Worked On
- Spent an hour doing email management, but didn’t get many emails marked as read
- Watched 2 videos from Time Management Magic
- Finished and scheduled the post for May 17th
- Wrote 852/1000 words on the post for May 24th
- Was surprisingly successful at being more intentional about what I can fit into a day!
Sunday, Day 85 – A To-Do List for To-Do Lists
“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” Leo Buscaglia
Everyone has different talents. If we were all good at the same things, nothing innovative it interesting would happen! Can you imagine how boring it would be in a world of people with no unique talents?
I’m good at writing, organizing, planning, and not bullshitting you about the truth.
I’m not good at doing math in my head, understanding sciencey or technical papers (unless the subject interests me), speaking to a large group on the fly, or being an extrovert.
Don’t try to fix your weaknesses – focus on your strengths.
I spent today doing a lot of blog stuff, and I also wrote up a nice comprehensive list of the things I want to do this week – split into the days on which I plan to do them.
Here’s hoping this new system works well!
Monday, Day 86 – Fewer Things, More Done
“Give light and people will find the way.” Ella Baker
Some people need a little help getting going. There is nothing wrong with that! When people share their knowledge, everyone benefits.
The big things on my plate today were watching a video interview with Danny Iny, in which he talked about practical tips for creating online courses. I bookmarked the video because he’s full of great information that I know I’ll go back to when I’m ready to start on a course.
I also watched another video for Time Management Magic.
Having fewer things on my to-do list is better since I’m not trying to cram ten things into a time period where I’m only going to realistically finish three or four of them.
Being intentional about my day is a good start to eliminating the frustration of moving tasks I didn’t get to.
Tuesday, Day 87 – Oh Hello, Spring Thunderstorm!
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” Buddha
Having this trifecta sounds great, to be honest. I have good health, but I know it could be better. I’m content in my life (for the most part. There’s always those pesky things that could be different.) And I feel like sometimes my faith could use some work.
Like many others, I’m a work in progress. This quote is one to look to for encouragement on the journey.
We got a nice storm today in the Pacific Northwest. A couple really loud booms of thunder and a torrential downpour that I just managed to miss on my way into the chiropractor’s office. I wear glasses and have pretty bad eyesight without them, but even with my glasses off, I could see the rain coming down in sheets outside.
My plan for today is short because of a masseuse appointment, but I did manage to get my list of published blog posts ordered by date in a note in Evernote, and I also watched the 2nd video of module 3 for Time Management Magic. Next up, the actual meat of time management!
Wednesday, Day 88 – Consistency is Key
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” Robin Williams
J.K. Rowling had an idea. Stan Lee had an idea. Caitlin Pyle had an idea.
Those ideas are changing the world, even a world as small as mine. As small as yours.
Remember that your words and ideas can change the world too.
I believe that mine can.
Tonight I got another Thursday post scheduled, which puts me right on track with my to-do list. Keeping things consistent – that is, consistently checking off my to-dos – is what I need to focus on in order to feel like I’m getting any headway.
Thursday, Day 89 – GDRP is Weird
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” Aristotle
Aristotle knows his stuff.
And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.
I’d like to think I got some good work done tonight. I watched a webinar hosted by Melyssa Griffin about the new GDPR thing (General Data Protection Regulation) in the European Union which takes effect on May 25th. It has to do with stricter privacy protection, and I’m going to have to change a bit with this site to be compliant.
I also was able to get in close to an hour of email management. I had over 800 unread emails, and got it whittled down to…about 700. I didn’t so much read the emails as filter them into labels so that I can figure them out faster at a later time.
Friday, Day 90 – Officially at 90 Days Into This Thing
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop
I really like this quote. It’s a good reminder to pay attention to what you’re doing throughout your day. Smile at the barista who made your coffee. Say something nice about the person next to you on the bus or train. Compliment someone’s shirt. The key is to be sincere about all of these things, and hopefully your positivity will translate into that person’s day, making theirs a little brighter.
Tonight was movie night again! The husband and I watched the new Jumanji movie with Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart. We thought it was hilarious, and very well done.
It taught a good lesson, too: don’t freak out if you land in the jungle. You just might get eaten by a hippo.
Saturday, Day 91 – Big Strides, Little Si
“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” William Shakespeare
The future is not set in stone. We’re in charge of what we do with our lives, so maybe we should act like it.
I woke up at 5 AM this morning and left the house at 6 AM to go on a hike. The second hike of the season turned out quite beautiful, and my legs are not nearly as sore as they were last week after the first hike of the season.
I went up Little Si in North Bend, Washington, which is in the shadow of Mount Si, the icon of North Bend. Little Si is still pretty steep in a couple spots, and I took numerous breathers to admire the landscape and try to not die from losing my breath.
Then for dinner, the husband and I joined my parents and grandma for Mother’s Day dinner, and we had a great time like we usually do when we get together and eat. The husband photobombed all the pictures I took, and it made my grandma laugh pretty hard! That counts as a win.
- Getting my site GDPR compliant
- Getting the next 2 Thursday posts scheduled
- Finish up the rest of last week’s to-do list (because the weekend was poorly scheduled).
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If you missed a post or found this one first, the others can be found here:
- Intro: Tell Your Inner Voice to Shut Up
- 1: I Started the Thing!
- 2: Step Out of My Comfort Zone
- 3: When Plans Go Out the Window
- 4: Trying Out a Magic Notebook
- 5: Lessons from Unintentional Black Ski Runs
- 6: In Which We Adopt a Cat!
- 7: Curious Cat Enjoys All Existing Cords as Snacks
- 8: Mother Gothel SUCKS
- 9: Black Panther’s Sister is My Spirit Animal
- 10: A Plan is Coming Together
- 11: A Great-Grand Cat
- 12: My Calves Are Dead