Since my first public weekly review was such as hit on Reddit, I thought I’d continue putting these up so that the readers can follow (and learn) from my progress.
So, how did I do this week?
This week’s average: 3.56.
Last week’s average: 3.27.
That’s a slight increase that totals to ~3.5 hours of extra focused work this week. But this was to be expected, as I made several changes that I expected would decrease effectiveness in the short term:
- I started reading, listening to podcasts, attending workshops, etc. that I wasn’t sure how to track (and didn’t).
- I cut carbs this week to less than half the week prior (losing weight already)! Had the carb flu (lethargy, dry mouth, etc.) for a few days.
What I’m Changing This Week
- Roughly divided, I see my time spent in three areas (a) high quality, creative time, (b) neutral and/or slightly positive time, and (c) garbage, wasteful time.
- Last week’s spreadsheet only tracked creative time. This week, I’d like to track the other times as well.
- I want to see more clearly the interplay between physical training and creative work. This week I’m going to track them separately.
- My “planned day” and “no screens” checkboxes had essentially zero adherence. I blame this on a lack of rigid rules for entering the process of turning off the screens. This week I will set more rigid, un-fudgeable rules.
- I tracked morale this week, but (a) it was quite subjective and (b) I wasn’t sure what time of day to use as the metric.
Taking the above into consideration, here’s what this week’s spreadsheet looks like:
- Moved morale to the top. Want to see how morale upon waking up affects the rest of my day. In the future I will be playing with ways to affect AM morale and keep it up throughout the day.
- Added more specific rule for no screens (everything off by 8pm).
- Added “Garbage”—a slot for tracking wasted time (time that neither adds to present nor future satisfaction).
- Split “Training” and “Work” into separate categories to better see how both fluctuate.
- Added a “First Carbs” slot for seeing how first carb intake affects output and total carb consumption for the day.
Tangible Goals for the Week
Last week we averaged 2.25 hours of focused work and 1.3 hours of training a day. This week we are aiming for 3.5 hours of focused work and 2 hours of training. That would put us at 5.5 hours per day, and add 14 hours of trackable “doing” for this week.
Review, make changes, test, repeat. That’s how change happens.