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Welcome to The Journey to Magnificence! This is week thirty-five: October 7 – 13, 2018.

To be totally honest, having a cold kinda messed me up. I’m not totally blaming my feelings of burnout and feeling behind-ness on it, but it certainly didn’t help.

What really messed me up was stopping using my time tracker.

I tried to make my own for fifteen-minute increments, thinking it would give me a better idea of where I spend my time, but it just made things a lot harder to track – so I didn’t.

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What I Said I’d Do

  • Since this cold is changing things up, pretty much I just want to make it through the week without missing any deadlines or putting things off “just because I feel sick.”

What I Actually Worked On

  • It felt like I worked on very little. I didn’t use “sickness” as an excuse, but I let not tracking my time be one.
  • Hand-copied chapters 7 through 13 of the Book of Acts
  • Finished reading the last book of September’s challenge (#13) and started reading Extreme Ownership, which is what’s helping put me back on track now.
  • Started new work for my VA client.

Days 239 – 245

It’s starting to feel like the home stretch with these weekly update posts.

My goal at the beginning was to do one every week for a year, not only to build content, but also to build myself up – to go from the beginning to one year and track the progress along the way.

In some weeks, I feel like I’ve done that well, and others, I feel like I let excuses pile up because I didn’t feel like doing some things.

And that’s all part of reality.

We all have ups and downs. As much as I’d like it not to be, my motivation ebbs a lot and flows a little.

What keeps me going is accountability, the desire to do great things, and to bring my message to people who can use it.

Sometimes the best question to ask is, “What would I have liked to know about [TOPIC] when I was a teenager?”

None of us should be living in the past, but all of us should be learning from it.

It’s okay to make mistakes.

It’s okay to feel burned out, as long as I address it and take time for me.

In fact, over the weekend the husband and I spent about half a day with my godparents, chatting, eating, and playing Cards Against Humanity. It was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a while in terms of getting outside the house and seeing family (AKA favorite family).

So that’s this past week.

What’s Next?

  • Track my time for at least 80% of the time, but preferably way more. One of the biggest problems I had with the time tracker is if I missed recording a block I felt like I had to clear out the whole column otherwise it would mess up the calculations for averages and totals.
  • Pick my top priority and do that to completion before moving on to the next thing. I’ll do my best not to do “two things at once” (not multitasking, but multi-prioritizing).

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The Journey to Magnificence is a series of weekly summaries of my journey through courses and resources provided by or found through the Work at Home School, hosted and delivered by Caitlin Pyle.

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Life coach, author, engineer, and host of the podcast This is Type 1: Real Life with Type 1 Diabetes. I teach T1Ds how to feel better without changing how they manage it.

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