Category: Month in Review

June in Review

So we’re officially halfway through the year now—that means there is only six months (or 184 days) left in the year. That means that sooner or later, I’m going to have to really start pushing myself to get out of my comfort zone in order to make any real significant changes. One major realization I’ve had this month, is that I keep falling into an almost cyclic habit of being on target with goals one month, and then falling short and/or not doing about half of work the following month.

June seems to have been the month where I managed to only hit probably about a third of my goals for the month. I need to draw out or plan some of the goals and actually look at them on a calendar (or a weekly/daily to-do list) and see if that helps me manage to move forward on some of the goals.

June goals were basically the same goals that I’ve had for the past few months, though I’ve added in the goal of working on my “reboot break” plan. The goals for June included:

At least 420,000 steps (14K/day)

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books

Continuing with the photography challenge

Working on planning my “reboot break”

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keep a money log)

Continue to try to interact more on linkedin

Start back on a workout schedule (potentially alternating between weight training & cardio).

Continue working through the various e-courses/groups and transition plan (making notes, narrowing down on cities, looking into companies, and figuring out my superpower trifecta)

Read at least one article on FiercePharma and/or FierceBiotech (weekly and work up to daily) and make notes so that I can do a blog post (or weekly recap of what I’ve read).

Read at least one scientific article a week and write a 500-word summary for a potential blog/science post.

So how did I do with each goal?

At least 420,000 steps (14K/day)

I managed to go above the minimum number of steps for the month, even though there were several days that I again fell below my goal of 14,000. My final total for the month was 463,429, which also means for the year I’m at 2,703,794. I’m on my way to hitting my yearly goal of five million steps, as long as I manage to hit at least 12,500 steps a day.

Striving to met my step goal has been one of the things that does keep me going—while it isn’t as calorie-consuming as some of the workouts, it is one workout I’ve managed to keep up with this year.

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books

I only managed to finish reading one book in it’s entirety, and that was “The Latte Factor: Why you don’t have to be rich to live rich” by David Bach and John David Mann. I have several other books that I’m probably about a quarter to half way through reading, but I’ve spent more of the month re-reading other books that allow me to “escape reality” for awhile.

This has been one of my minor problems—I can finish reading several non-fiction books in a month, and then the following month, I may not even start one or if I do I may not finish it. I’m going to try to go back to where when I’m going between both fiction and non-fiction reading (this does help—I read personal/professional development for 30-45 minutes a day and then I go and read something that is more “escapism” for the evening.

Continuing with the photography challenge

I have managed to more or less keep up with the photography challenge. Though I did have to do a “catch-up” post at the end of the month. There were several days where I either couldn’t decide on a picture to share or I couldn’t figure out what to write with the picture I was thinking of sharing. One thing I’m going to try to do over the next couple of months is have a theme for a week within the photography challenge and see if that also helps to spark more creativity with the challenge.

Working on planning my “reboot break”

I’ve done a little work on my reboot break. I have acknowledged that I need one, and that it will probably be at least six to eight months (maybe a little less, maybe a little more). I want to get rid of quite of bit of my stuff—I don’t need all the clothes that I have, and I probably don’t need the majority of the movies either. While I don’t want to totally get rid of everything—I want to get rid of enough that I could comfortably live in a five hundred square foot apartment without feeling claustrophobic (like I did in Boston—only because I had way to much junk in a small confined area).

I also want to take the time to work on “me”—getting my physical, mental, and spiritual health back on the right path. Currently I’m feeling so burnt out, the only things I’m trying to do are my daily steps, hopefully meditating at least three nights a week, and cutting back on the sweets. I know that if I make the time I can get back on the right path and hopefully once I’m feeling better—everything else will fall into place as well.

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keep a money log)

While I didn’t go a full two weeks without spending money on campus, I did manage to limit the amount of spending to only about 1 day a week. Though there was a full week of no spending on campus in there as well. I’ve realized that buying chocolate is only a temporary fix for the problem (and that includes the walk as well), and that I need to try to figure out better ways of dealing with stress.

Continue to try to interact more on linkedin

I’ve interacted a little on linkedin this month, but nowhere near the level I need to be at in terms of networking to set up informational interviews. Part of the problem is that I’m still not sure what I want to be doing, and I don’t want to be wasting other people’s time in setting up an interview if I’m not at least sixty-five percent confident that is a path I want to be going down.

I do need to get back in the habit of sharing articles on linkedin and commenting on posts. I think this is something else that could probably use a little more structured time schedule in dealing with.

Start back on a workout schedule (potentially alternating between weight training & cardio).

My workout routine this month has been walking (more or less). I know that I should be doing a workout program, but by the end of the day I don’t really feel like doing one and I’m not going to be getting up any earlier than what I already am for work. Come July, I will hopefully restart an program and stick with it—start with a mini reward system for doing the work until it becomes second nature again.

Continue working through the various e-courses/groups and transition plan (making notes, narrowing down on cities, looking into companies, and figuring out my superpower trifecta)

It seems that I basically took the month of June off from doing anything related to moving my career forward. I did buy some e-courses that were discounted, so now I have more things to work through. I want to work through the various e-courses and other programs that I have, but at the same time I just want a magic wand that I can wave and have all my problems taken care of and magically be where I want in the job I want.

Read at least one article on FiercePharma and/or FierceBiotech (weekly and work up to daily) and make notes so that I can do a blog post (or weekly recap of what I’ve read).

I glance through the websites once this month. Since I’ve become my own worse enemy currently (as in not knowing exactly what I want to do with my life and dealing with major anxiety), I’ve fallen down on this as well. I do find it interesting to see what is going on in terms of the business side of science, but I’m also feeling like I’m looking through a foggy window. I need to figure out how to defog and keep the window clear and maybe I will be able to get more into the business side of science.

Read at least one scientific article a week and write a 500-word summary for a potential blog/science post.

This hasn’t happened—I don’t feel like trying to read a scientific paper at work and since I see it as “work” currently—I’m not going to be doing it at home in the evenings or weekends. I think part of my problem is that I’m almost right at the burnout stage, and I need to take a step back from things and try to rediscover my love for science again.

So the goals that I fell short on (basically not meeting) were the goals associated with basically professional development/moving my career forward. I know that this is something that I need to work on—as I’m the only one that can move my career forward. The main thing I need to work on is deciding which direction(s) I want to possibly go in, career wise.

I’m going to try to set up a calendar/to-do list and then break that down to a weekly/daily to-do list and see if that helps with the anxiety and stress of figuring out my life. I’m also going to have to decide when to start the reboot break and see how that goes (not sure how certain people are going to feel about it; and while their thoughts shouldn’t matter in the long run—I don’t like negative confrontations with people).

Therefore the goals for July are going to include:

At least 434,000 steps (14k/day)

Continuing with the photography challenge (maybe introduce weekly themes)

Schedule my workouts (cardio alternating with weight training). Decide on a reward system.

Read (or finish) at least 3 non-fiction books

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keep a money log)

Be more active on linkedin and in various groups on both linkedin and facebook

Personal and professional development (e-courses, transition plan, and other stuff)

Work on my “reboot break” plan

Read more on various industry websites (FiercePharma, FierceBiotech, BioSpace) and make notes for a weekly recap blog post

Try to read at least one scientific article this month and write a summary for a blog/science post

And then remember—little steps are all that are needed to move forward. It counts as progress as long as one is making small steps forward in different areas. Not doing anything is what is harmful, progress over perfection is what is needed and what should be strived for.

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Month in Review: May

So we’re officially entered June, and within a blink of an eye—the year will be half over. May has been helpful slightly in that I’ve realized that I need to do a “reboot break” some time soon. One of the books I finished reading this month was “Reboot your life: energize your career and life by taking a break” by Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley, and Jaye Smith. It showed me that sometimes “quitting” something is the best thing to do, in order to figure out what it is you really want to do. So sometime between now and November (when my job contract is up), I’ll be starting my reboot break (more on this in additional posts).

But while I’ve realized that I need to take a “reboot break”, the things I realized over the course of April still hold true: 1) I still have no idea of what I want to do job wise (though I have a couple of ideas). I also realize that this statement can be taken literally, and it isn’t meant to be—all I mean is that I haven’t decided which direction I want to go as a “specialist” and which direction I want to go as a “generalist”. 2) I still have yet to find a good balance between things—I seem to be either all in or barely in at all; and 3) I really need to work on getting the anxiety and stress under control.

But as we head into the final month of the second quarter, it is time to reflect back on the goals that I set for May. Again, as I’ve mentioned previously—the goals are going to be staying the same (more or less)—that way I can continue trying to reach them monthly, and once they become an habit—then I can switch them up.

So the goals for May included:

At least 434,000 steps (again breaking down to 14K/day)

Continue with the photography challenge

Start back on a workout schedule (potentially alternating between weight training & cardio).

Read (or finish) at least 3 non-fiction books

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keep a money log)

Continue to try to interact more on linkedin

Continue working through the various e-courses/groups and transition plan (making notes, narrowing down on cities, looking into companies, and figuring out my superpower trifecta)

Read at least one article on FiercePharma and/or FierceBiotech (weekly and work up to daily) and make notes so that I can do a blog post (or weekly recap of what I’ve read).

Read at least one scientific article a week and write a 500-word summary for a potential blog/science post.

So how did I do with each one?

At least 434,000 steps (again breaking down to 14K/day)

            I managed to surpass my goal of at least 434,000 steps (even though there were several days that I was below both 14K and at times 5K). My final step total for the month was 466,661 steps. This brings my yearly total to 2,240,365 steps.  In terms of my yearly goal of 5 million steps, I’m 2,759,635 steps away and there are still 201 days left in the year. That means I only need 13,730 steps per day for the rest of the year to reach 5 million.

            In terms of my 1001-day goal of reaching 14,014,000 steps that I had originally set last year (which would end approximately Sept 28 2020)—I’m at 7,519,336 steps. There are ~472 days left in my first 1001-day challenge. I’m 6,494,664 steps away (which breaks down to again 13,760 steps a day to reach the goal). So I’m good on this goal as well.

Continue with the photography challenge

            I had to post a couple of days together (or several on the same day) due to the wifi being down in the evening at home. I had to post four days worth over two days (instead of doing three at once—I did two on Friday, and then two on Saturday morning). I’ve managed to keep up with the challenge (even with having to do catch-up posts). This only happened twice in the month (one long post for days 80-82; and then for the end of the month and beginning of June).

Start back on a workout schedule (potentially alternating between weight training & cardio).

            I will admit that other than walking and trying to get my steps in daily I haven’t been doing a real workout program for the month of May. This is one of the things that has really made me stop and look at how far I’ve let both my mental and physical health slide the past couple of months.

Read (or finish) at least 3 non-fiction books

I actually managed to finish four books this month, and I’ve written a book review for one of those books (“Reboot your life: energize your career and life by taking a break”). The one by Devin Thorp was okay—since I don’t have kids, own a house, or and things like that, there were several chapters that didn’t pertain to my life.

The two that were basically career/networking guides just helped to remind me that I do need to try to spend more time networking and figuring out what I want to do with life (there are still questions in one of the books that I need to go back and continue working through).

So the full titles and authors of the books that I finished reading during May were:

925 ideas to help you save money, get out of debt, and retire a millionaire by Devin Thorp

Reboot your life: energize your career and life by taking a break by Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley, and Jaye Smith

Next Gen PhD: A Guide to Career Paths in Science by Melanie V Sinche

Navigating the path to industry: A hiring managers advice to academics looking for a job in industry by M.R. Nelson

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keep a money log)

            I managed to go maybe two days a week without spending money on campus this month. I’ve realized that part of my problem is that I turn to sweets to help deal with irritations at work (also it’s one of my excuses for getting my steps in). I’m hoping that I will do better during the month of June (especially if I figure out how to “forget” my wallet at home a few days a week).

Continue to try to interact more on linkedin

            This is something that is up and down throughout the month. Mentally I feel drained in the evenings and weekends—therefore I focus on things that help me mentally regroup before the next week. Interacting on linkedin right now isn’t one of those things. Again—I know where my problem is, I just need to figure out the best method for starting to deal with it in a way that isn’t going to backfire on me in long run.

Continue working through the various e-courses/groups and transition plan (making notes, narrowing down on cities, looking into companies, and figuring out my superpower trifecta)

            I’m slowly working on things—but since I’ve realized I need a “reboot break” I’m trying to figure out how to fit that into the whole plan as well. I want to mentally recharge and find my footing again—but at the same time I don’t want to be wasting time that I could be spending on job searching either.

Read at least one article on FiercePharma and/or FierceBiotech (weekly and work up to daily) and make notes so that I can do a blog post (or weekly recap of what I’ve read).

            Have totally forgotten about doing this during the month—my bad. Need to get the pages to almost pop up as my home pages to remind me to scroll through things and start “acting” like an adult.

Read at least one scientific article a week and write a 500-word summary for a potential blog/science post.

            I’ve read the abstract of several different papers over the month—but that has been as far as I’ve gotten on this one. It’s hard to do, when you’ve realized how close to total burnout you’ve gotten.

So the major thing I managed to accomplish this month was realizing that I really need to take time for myself—get my health (mental and physical) back on track, take care of a few other things, and then also focus on my job search. While I know that there are people who will disagree with me—currently I’d rather not have a job and be able to sleep well at night, then have a job, sleep miserably, and not enjoy what I’m having to spend 40 hours a week doing. I’m also 39 and just realizing that it’s time to sit and really try to figure out what I want to do with the second half of my life (though I’m sure I’ll live past 78).

Therefore the goals for June include:

At least 420,000 steps (14K/day)

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books

Continuing with the photography challenge

Working on planning my “reboot break”

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keep a money log)

Continue to try to interact more on linkedin

Start back on a workout schedule (potentially alternating between weight training & cardio).

Continue working through the various e-courses/groups and transition plan (making notes, narrowing down on cities, looking into companies, and figuring out my superpower trifecta)

Read at least one article on FiercePharma and/or FierceBiotech (weekly and work up to daily) and make notes so that I can do a blog post (or weekly recap of what I’ve read).

Read at least one scientific article a week and write a 500-word summary for a potential blog/science post.

I’ve added in one additional goal—but I think that could be the goal that really gets me to focus more on the others in the second half of the year. Because I need to keep reminding myself—that every day is a new start, and when taking everything into account, we only live once. I’ve put work and being in a lab center in my life longer than I should have–now I need to pull it back and see what else could benefit with being the center of my life for awhile.

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April in Review: we’re a third of the way through the year.

So we’re officially through with a third of the year. Spring is here in full force, and summer is around the corner. I’ve realized several things over the past couple of weeks in terms of how I go about doing my personal and professional development: 1) I still have no idea of what I want to do job wise (though I have a couple of ideas). I also realize that this statement can be taken literally, and it isn’t meant to be—all I mean is that I haven’t decided which direction I want to go as a “specialist” and which direction I want to go as a “generalist”. 2) I still have yet to find a good balance between things—I seem to be either all in or barely in at all; and 3) I really need to work on getting the anxiety and stress under control.

But as we now move into the second “third” of the year (or the second month of the second quarter), it is also time to reflect back on the goals that I set for April. As I’ve mentioned previously—the goals are going to be staying the same (more or less)—that way I can continue trying to reach them monthly, and once they become an habit—then I can switch them up.

So the goals for April included:

At least 434,000 steps (breaks down to 14K/day).

Reading (or finishing) at least three non-fiction books

Continuing with the photography challenge

Being more active on linkedin

Working out daily (hopefully starting transformation: 20 or another round of LIIFT4)—or at least on a consistent basis. I’m not going to push myself if I know I’m not feeling well—so there has to be balance.

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keep a money log)

Continue working through the various e-courses/groups and transition plan (making notes, narrowing down on cities, looking into companies, and figuring out my superpower trifecta)

Read at least one article on FiercePharma and/or FierceBiotech (weekly and work up to daily) and make notes so that I can do a blog post (or weekly recap of what I’ve read).

Read at least one scientific article a week and write a 500-word summary for a potential blog/science post.

So how did I do with each one?

At least 434,000 steps (breaks down to 14K/day).

           I managed to reach the step goal, even with having about five or six days were I was under the target of 14K/day. I just realized that the April goal step should have been 420,000 steps (as there are only 30 days in April). With it being 434,000—it came to roughly 14,467 steps a day. The final step total for the month of April was 444,566 steps. This brings me to a yearly total of 1,773,704 steps. As long as I can reach at least 15K steps Monday-Friday I should be good at reaching the yearly goal of 5 million steps. I’ve realized that if I don’t do a walk all the around Boomer Lake on the weekend I usually don’t get in all my steps on the weekend (I just haven’t been in the mood to march in place in the evenings to a movie lately).

Reading (or finishing) at least three non-fiction books

            Finished: The Year of Less: How I stopped shopping, gave away my belongings, and discovered life is worth more than anything you can buy by Cait Flanders

I’ve started several other books and made headway with each of them, but since several also have “exercises” associated with them—I’m not done with them yet. Though I’m thinking that the answers to some of these “exercises” may become blog posts in the near future.

Continuing with the photography challenge

            I’ve managed to keep up with the photography challenge, though what I’ve been doing is the following—taking walks on the weekend and practicing my photography and getting enough pictures that I can post something new every day. Some days I do take new pictures with my phone, but for the most part it’s being based off of my weekend walks and older pictures that I haven’t shared on the blog or social media.

Being more active on linkedin

            I’m slowly starting to be more active on linkedin. This is something that I had been good at doing for awhile, and then I took a break and now I need to get back on board of being more active. I know what needs to be done (sharing articles, commenting, and connecting)—I just really need to schedule in the time to do so (block it out and make a commitment to doing “X” amount of work/time per day on the site).

Working out daily (hopefully starting transformation: 20 or another round of LIIFT4)—or at least on a consistent basis. I’m not going to push myself if I know I’m not feeling well—so there has to be balance.

            I managed about two weeks of working out on a somewhat consistent basis earlier in the month. I’ve also found that for some reason beachbody’s online workout platform is now “scheduling” workout times, even though they are dates I didn’t log in. One minor issue has been the Internet connections at home—it’s hard to stream a workout when you worry if the Internet is going to behave for the thirty or forty minutes you’re wanting to workout. I may have to go between trying to stream and then doing workouts via DVDs.

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keep a money log)

            I managed to go at least three days a week without buying things on campus for the most part. I’ve realized that when my stress and anxiety levels get high, while I will go take a walk—I’ll walk to the student union and then buy some chocolate. One thing I’ve managed this month is to almost determine what some of my triggers are for spending money: with the top three being: I’m tired, stressed, or my anxiety has ramped up to where I’m in the middle of an anxiety attack and I want chocolate.

Continue working through the various e-courses/groups and transition plan (making notes, narrowing down on cities, looking into companies, and figuring out my superpower trifecta)

            So this is something I started working on—at least trying to narrow down the cities (I decided to start here and see what the average rent cost for a 1bed/bath apartment would be)—and I gave myself an anxiety attack. I then realized that part of the problem is that I still am undecided in what I want to do—but I’m now thinking of a way to merge both a “specialist” direction with a “generalist” direction. This way hopefully can try to get the best of both sides.

Read at least one article on FiercePharma and/or FierceBiotech (weekly and work up to daily) and make notes so that I can do a blog post (or weekly recap of what I’ve read).

            I have read an article or two from the websites (and I’m also starting to include in biospace as well), but I haven’t been taking notes. One thing I’m going to start doing is trying to share the articles that I find interesting on different social media sites (including linkedin and twitter) and try to build my “professional” brand this way as well.

Read at least one scientific article a week and write a 500-word summary for a potential blog/science post.

            This one has been a no go this month—mainly because I couldn’t decide on a topic for the month in terms of the type of scientific paper(s) I would be starting to read. This goes hand in hand with main issue of the job search—knowing that I should aim to be a “specialist” but wanting to stay a “generalist” so that I don’t lose my enjoyment of science.

So I’ve managed to make some headway in terms of some of the monthly goals. Reading is a little slow (only because some of the books again have “exercises” and I’m actually trying to work through them as I read the book; and I also go back and forth between several books and then my fiction books as well). I’ve realized where some of the mental blocks are in terms of the job search/transition are also coming from and I’m going to try to work on “dismantling” those blocks over the next few months as well.

Therefore the goals for May are going to include:

At least 434,000 steps (again breaking down to 14K/day)

Continue with the photography challenge

Start back on a workout schedule (potentially alternating between weight training & cardio).

Read (or finish) at least 3 non-fiction books

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keep a money log)

Continue to try to interact more on linkedin

Continue working through the various e-courses/groups and transition plan (making notes, narrowing down on cities, looking into companies, and figuring out my superpower trifecta)

Read at least one article on FiercePharma and/or FierceBiotech (weekly and work up to daily) and make notes so that I can do a blog post (or weekly recap of what I’ve read).

Read at least one scientific article a week and write a 500-word summary for a potential blog/science post.

The goals are more or less the same for May as they were for April–but that is because I’m still working on being a little better than I was yesterday. For the most part the step goal should be in the bag (though I know from experience that if I let myself slide too much I won’t reach the year end goal). The reading goal is always slowly moving forward (one problem with bouncing book to book). The others are ones that I need to figure out the best method of “attack” so that I don’t work myself into an anxiety or stress induced anxiety attack.

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March: A month in Review

Well the first quarter of the year has come and gone. Some things have gotten accomplished, but I’ve fallen short on quite a few other things. One thing I despise about March is the start of day light savings time—where we set the clocks a head an hour. We don’t gain or lose anything other than a little bit of our charming personalities. For the most part I can adapt pretty quickly, except I usually end of snacking a little more, and it takes me a little longer to get back into a workout routine. Plus it’s still flu season (luckily I got my flu shot last fall, so I only had a very mild case this past week). As we head into the second quarter of the year, it’s time to look back on the goals for March and see how I managed with each one.

The goals for the month included:

At least 434,000 steps (again this breaks down to a minimum of 14K/day), though I would like to maybe aim for 475,000 steps (which would break down to a little over 15K a day).

Continue with the photography challenge

Workout daily (continue to alternate between weight training & cardio)

Read (or finish) at least three non-fiction books

Try to get at least one more science post up on the blog (maybe two if possible)

Aim for a week of no spending (keep a money log)

Continue interacting on linkedin

Continue working through the various e-courses/groups and transition plan (making notes, narrowing down on cities, looking into companies, and figuring out my superpower trifecta)

Read at least one article on FiercePharma and/or FierceBiotech (weekly and work up to daily) and make notes so that I can do a blog post (or weekly recap of what I’ve read).

So how did I do with each goal?

At least 434,000 steps (again this breaks down to a minimum of 14K/day), though I would like to maybe aim for 475,000 steps (which would break down to a little over 15K a day). Well I’ve at least made it to the 434,000 steps for the month. There have been several days that I’ve decided should be rest days—so I usually end up with less than 5K steps. I did manage to get to a total of 464,960 (I was just a little over 10K shy of the 475,000 goal). This brings me to a total of 1,329,138 and I’m still on track for both the goal of five million by the end of the year, and my ~14-20 million by the end of 1001 days challenge.

Continue with the photography challenge. So far so good, I’ve managed to keep up with the challenge. I’m alternating between newer pictures and older ones that I haven’t shared. Right now the photography challenge is mainly on the blog, and then shared on either twitter or pintrest (depending on the post).

Daily workout (continue to alternate between weight training & cardio).  This really didn’t happen this month. In between trying to readapt to day light savings time and just life in general—I managed to make sure that I was walking daily, but that was about it. April will be when I get back on track. I’m actually thinking of maybe trying to start transformation 20 come April 1st (it’s the new ShawnT workout from Beachbody that should be available to everyone).

Read (or finish) at least three non-fiction books. I managed to only finish one book this month and that was: “Choose the life you want: The mindful way to happiness” by Taj Ben-Shahar. With day light saving time starting, and coming down with a mild case of the flu—I fell back into a routine of re-reading some of my go to series (also there were a couple of new books out in two series, so I needed to remember what had happen so I could read those books). I have one or two other books that I’m about 70% of the way through, but didn’t manage to get them finished this month.

Try to get at least one more science post up on the blog (maybe two if possible). I have several ideas for different science posts for the science page of the blog (and even a couple of blog posts), but that is as far as I’ve gotten for those. One issue is again my poor illustration skills and the fact that I want them to look good.  So the posts may just be “wordy” to begin with, and then once I’m comfortable with not perfect illustrations I’ll start to add in some illustrations.

Aim for a week of no spending (keep a money log). I did manage to have a week of no spending—it was the very first week of the month. I’m hoping to do better in April and actually maybe have a month of no spending. The money log only lasted about the first two weeks of the month, and then I kept saying I’d add in things after work—but I never did. Again this is a work in progress.

Continue interacting on linkedin—this is something that didn’t really happen this month. I think it was a combination of not getting decent sleep, allergies, and just feeling blah in general that I more or less stayed off linkedin last month. This is something that I need to be doing (interacting—not staying off of) more of, and hopefully will be doing better with come the second quarter of the year.

Continue working through the various e-courses/groups and transition plan (making notes, narrowing down on cities, looking into companies, and figuring out my superpower trifecta).  I’ve made some progress on this—I have several pages of notes on the types of positions that could be of interest, and things I should be doing to help narrow down the positions from seven to maybe four (or at least ranked a little better than what I currently have). In terms of the different e-courses that I’ve bought (or saved) I’ve managed to only get through one or two (and they don’t necessarily have anything to do with transitioning to an industry position).

Read at least one article on FiercePharma and/or FierceBiotech (weekly and work up to daily) and make notes so that I can do a blog post (or weekly recap of what I’ve read). Truthfully I can’t remember if I read anything on either website this month. I may have during the first week of the month, but if I did—I forgot to take notes.

So I’ve been up and down on the goals for March—but truthfully with the time change and then battling the crud—I’m not surprised. I’ve also realized that there are several things on my 101-goal list that I haven’t been consistent with either the first quarter of the year. But that is the nice thing about life—you can realize something isn’t working perfectly and then start slowly readjusting things so that you’re hopefully hitting the goal at least 80% of the time for the month.

So as we head into the second quarter of the year, my goals for April will include:

At least 434,000 steps (breaks down to 14K/day).

Reading (or finishing) at least three non-fiction books

Continuing with the photography challenge

Being more active on linkedin

Working out daily (hopefully starting transformation: 20 or another round of LIIFT4)—or at least on a consistent basis. I’m not going to push myself if I know I’m not feeling well—so there has to be balance.

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keep a money log)

Continue working through the various e-courses/groups and transition plan (making notes, narrowing down on cities, looking into companies, and figuring out my superpower trifecta)

Read at least one article on FiercePharma and/or FierceBiotech (weekly and work up to daily) and make notes so that I can do a blog post (or weekly recap of what I’ve read).

Read at least one scientific article a week and write a 500-word summary for a potential blog/science post.

The goals are pretty much the same–which is good. If I can stick with them for a couple more months, they should almost be a habit and then I can start in with some new goals.

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February in Review

Well, February weather has been as crazy as January weather. There have been two ice days, and then an early close & late opening for work. Then it looks like March is going to start with a winter bang as well this coming weekend (maybe, but we’ll have to see—at times the weather people aren’t the greatest at predicting how the storm is going to be moving). We’re a sixth of the way through the year, and again it’s time to reflect back on the goals that were set for February, and see how I did with each, how I could improve, and then set some goals for the coming month.

So I decided that to start the year, I was going to start a little slower in terms of goals (not have quite as many as I’d been having) to see if I could get at least 80% on each of them. So what did my goals for January include?

They were:

At least 392,000 steps (again this breaks down to at least 14K/day; and will keep me on track for my other step goals).

Continue trying to interact more on linkedin.

Read at least one article on fiercepharma or fiercebiotech each day (maybe make notes for a small weekly recap blog post).

Continue with the photography challenge

Continue working through various e-courses/groups and the transition plan (pick specific cities, and have an idea of what my superpower trifecta is).

Continue trying to workout daily.

Aim for a week of no spend days (start money log)

Read (or finish) at least three non-fiction books

Start really trying to work on science posts for the blog (and potentially on linkedin as well).

Figure out the best way (still) of trying to have my shakeology daily.

So how did I do with each goal?

At least 392,000 steps (again this breaks down to at least 14K/day; and will keep me on track for my other step goals).

            I managed to get 386,629 steps this month. I fell short of my goal (by just a little over 5K), but I’ve noticed that the weekends, and any days off of work I’m still having trouble motivating myself to get my steps in. Hopefully as the weather gets nicer, and the sun come up a little earlier—I can get my steps in on the weekends (walking up at Boomer Lake), and there should also be fewer days off of work (weather related) until I decide to take a mini vacation/networking trip somewhere.

Continue trying to interact more on linkedin.

So this is a little slow going—I do scroll through linkedin daily (usually), and I am trying to add value to connections. I know that there are several different ways of adding value on linkedin—it is something that just takes quite a bit of time, especially when you have a large network.

Read at least one article on fiercepharma or fiercebiotech each day (maybe make notes for a small weekly recap blog post).

            I managed to read at least one article a week, which is a start to making it to reading an article an day. I have taken some notes for a blog post, but I haven’t polished any of them up to where they could be actually published as a blog post (so something to continue working on).

Continue with the photography challenge

            I’ve restarted the challenge at least twice this month. One issue has mainly been trying to find something that strikes my fancy in terms of taking the photography. I hope that as the weather gets nicer, I will be outside more and that there will be times when the mood strikes me in terms of taking photos. So far my restart last week is still going, I have decided that if necessary I can use older pictures that I’ve taken (and hopefully not shared on the blog), that way they’re still “new” in a way.

Continue working through various e-courses/groups and the transition plan (pick specific cities, and have an idea of what my superpower trifecta is).

            This is still a work in progress (as usual). I think I’ve managed to figure out the professional lifestyle that I want to have, and am still looking at different cities (though I know that Boston will probably be on the list). I’m also still working through the different e-courses, and group work at a slow pace. In terms of the e-courses I think that some of the shorter ones that I’d manage to finish last year, I may go back through and do again (plus take better notes so that I can do a small blog post on the subject).

            In terms of my superpower trifecta, I’m still trying to figure out what the third point is (I have a general idea of the first two), so I’m two-thirds of the way there on this aspect.

Continue trying to workout daily.

            So I’m still bouncing between workouts and trying to figure out what to do each evening. Though during the last week of the month, I decided that I’d make note of the different weight training exercises and start doing different ones on my own (making my own “program” as it was) and on other days doing cardio. In terms of the cardio I’m still going between different Beachbody workouts that I have on DVD (since I don’t always want to turn on the laptop right away to get to the online workouts).

Aim for a week of no spend days (start money log)

            I’ve managed to have at least two to three days of not spending any money on campus. Sometimes the best way to do this would to actually be leaving my wallet at home (that way there is literally no way for me to spend money (unless I want to charge something to my bursar account)).

Read (or finish) at least three non-fiction books.

So I managed to finish at least four books this month, and I realized that the four books that I finished all had basically one central theme: a month at a time. Two of the books dealt with discussing a bad habit a day and what you could do to improve and break that bad habit. The other two books were books with numerous different types of challenges in them (again with the theme of completing a challenge a month).  Some of the challenges are covered in both challenge books (and can be considered the goals of some of the challenges of the two productivity books), and the titles of the books are:

The 30-Day Productivity Plan: Break the 30 Bad Habits that are sabotaging your time management one day at a time by Damon Zahariades

The 30-Day Productivity Plan Volume II: 30 More Bad Habits that are sabotaging your time management & how to overcome them one day at a time by Damon Zahariades

The Big book of 30-Day Challenges: 60 Habit Forming Programs to live an Infinitely Better Life by Rosanna Casper

The 30-Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire your life by Clare Hudson.

Start really trying to work on science posts for the blog (and potentially on linkedin as well).

            I managed to get at least one new science post/page posted this month on the blog. It was the introduction to the central dogma of biology. It was very basic in explanation and scope. I’m hoping over the next few months to get at least one post/page a week done. Some of the figure will be done using chembiodraw (which helps in trying to draw the more complex aspects of biology [such as DNA and RNA structures]), but there will also be several figures that I will attempt to draw by hand and then add on to using either photoshop or potentially within powerpoint as well.

Figure out the best way (still) of trying to have my shakeology daily

            Since the weather is still cool, having my shake daily is still an issue. I’ve become more accustom to having something more solid for breakfast both during the week and on the weekend. The shakeology is looking like it will probably be more of a snack, though I’d have to then figure out if it would be better as a snack in the morning or in the afternoon. But this is something that hopefully I can slowly start easing back into come March.

Goals for March will include:

At least 434,000 steps (again this breaks down to a minimum of 14K/day), though I would like to maybe aim for 475,000 steps (which would break down to a little over 15K a day).

Continue with the photography challenge

Workout daily (continue to alternate between weight training & cardio)

Read (or finish) at least three non-fiction books

Try to get at least one more science post up on the blog (maybe two if possible)

Aim for a week of no spending (keep a money log)

Continue interacting on linkedin

Continue working through the various e-courses/groups and transition plan (making notes, narrowing down on cities, looking into companies, and figuring out my superpower trifecta)

Read at least one article on FiercePharma and/or FierceBiotech (weekly and work up to daily) and make notes so that I can do a blog post (or weekly recap of what I’ve read).

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Month in Review: January 2019

So we’re off and running into 2019. January has come and gone. The weather has been interesting this month—within the first four days there was a snow/ice storm (did get out of work a little early, and then the next day started a little later)—so can’t wait to see how the weather is going to behave for the rest of the year.

So I decided that to start the year, I was going to start a little slower in terms of goals (not have quite as many as I’d been having) to see if I could get at least 80% on each of them. So what did my goals for January include?

They were:

At least 434,000 steps (this will be breaking down to the minimum of 14K/day), so that I can be on track for reaching 5 million steps again by New Year’s Eve.

Starting to interact more on Linkedin.

Restarting the photography challenge (may or may not be same picture on the blog and other social pages).

Working through different e-courses and on the transition plan (making notes and posting updates on the blog).

Working on different science posts for the blog.

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books (aiming to read at least 10% of a book a day—lovely thing with the kindle as it tells you the % of the book you’ve read; would make it approximately 3 new books a month).

Workout daily (either restart a beachbody program or start a hybrid program), alternating resistance training with cardio (and hopefully a walk on the weekend along with yoga).

Figure out how to ensure that I’m having my shakeology daily.

So how did I do with each of them?

  1. Step goal of 434,000: I managed to surpass the step goal this month. I got in 477,549 steps (and this was with four days being below average; three of which were below 5K). A little closer to reaching 500K in a month, but still a little short. But I’m on track for both the yearly goal (of 5 million) and my 1001-day goal (of either 14,014,000 or 19,124,000 steps).
  • Interacting more on Linkedin: This one is a little slow going. I’m liking posts, and sharing posts every so often, but I have yet to write an post or leave a detailed comment on someone’s post.
  • Restarting the photography challenge: This one has been difficult, mainly due to my cell phone acting up (during the week, that is usually how I take my pictures). So the challenge got restarted again on the 7th (though I did post on the 1st, and then several pictures over the weekend of the 5th & 6th to try to make up for not having a daily picture posted from the 2nd to the 4th).

I restarted the challenge again this week (starting on the 28th), and did a double post on 30th (since I had trouble trying to load any of the pages on the blog on the 29th). So we shall see how long I make it this year.

  • Working through the different e-courses and on the transition plan: I’ve managed to work through one e-course (which was more of a refresher on job searching), and did one or two little linkedin “courses”. In terms of my transition plan, I’ve come up with several things that I’d like to avoid doing, slowly figuring out my “professional lifestyle” and I have an idea about which biotech hubs I’d be willing to move to for a job.
  • Working on different science posts: I’m slowly working on this, as I’ve realized what my two major hang-ups are: 1) trying to draw what I want to relate (structures of DNA & RNA for example), and then 2) making sure that I’m not using a huge amount of scientific jargon. I want to write scientific posts that can be understood by someone who doesn’t have the scientific background.
  • Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books: So I managed to finish reading the following books, and have also decided to color code them differently in my master list to differentiate between the books that I finished last year (in red) and the ones I will have finished this year (in green); though I also have one in purple (this is more of a reference book):

Move Your Æ Ash: Know, Grow, & Show Your Career Value by Paul Carney

Anti Goals: Find Success by Knowing what to avoid by Kevin Wagonfoot

Power Up Your Self Talk: 6 Simple Habits to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Reclaim Your Life by Michal Stawicki

Anti-Debt: A guide to personal finance, getting out debt and building a money plan for our life by Kevin Wagonfoot

Though I’ve only written one book review so far: Anti-Goals: Find Success by Knowing What to Avoid by Kevin Wagonfoot

  • Daily workout: I’ve managed to at least get my steps in 27 out of 31 days (which means that my fitbit registered at least 25 minutes of walking). I’ve also done numerous workouts—it may not have been daily though. So this is still something I’m going to be working on (see my other post on trying to finish at least 250 different Beachbody workouts).
  • Trying to figure out the best way to have my shakeology daily. This has been a total washout—I haven’t had shakeology at all this month. I’m considering cancelling my supplements for shakeology (as I have about 2 months worth to still go through). Mornings right now are too chilly for having a shake before leaving the house, and I’ve gotten spoiled having it mixed with almond milk instead of water and blended (instead shaken in a cup). So yeah—I’m still trying to figure out the best way of having my daily dose of shakeology.

So I think I’m off to a good start this year (at least in terms of certain things). There are always going to be bumps or roadblocks in the road, and I just need to go over them or figure out a way around them. So now it’s time to try to set some goals for the next twenty-eight days in February.

February goals will include:

At least 392,000 steps (again this breaks down to at least 14K/day; and will keep me on track for my other step goals).

Continue trying to interact more on linkedin.

Read at least one article on fiercepharma or fiercebiotech each day (maybe make notes for a small weekly recap blog post).

Continue with the photography challenge

Continue working through various e-courses/groups and the transition plan (pick specific cities, and have an idea of what my superpower trifecta is).

Continue trying to workout daily.

Aim for a week of no spend days (start money log)

Read (or finish) at least three non-fiction books

Start really trying to work on science posts for the blog (and potentially on linkedin as well).

Figure out the best way (still) of trying to have my shakeology daily.

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December in Review

So 2018 has come to an end, and I wasn’t even the least bit sorry to see the year. I’m going to be do an post for the year in review, so right now I’m going to focus looking back at my goals for December.

So my goals for December included:

1) 434,000 steps (this is still basically 14K/day; technically I can do quite a bit less and still reach my 5 million goal by the end of the month. I’m going to try to keep as close as possible to 14k/day—just to see what my final yearly total will be and maybe adjust next year’s goal higher).

2) Shakeology daily (if I don’t have it for breakfast, I need to remember to pack it for a snack on campus).

3) Read (or finish) at least 3 non-fiction books

4) Limit what I’m buying on campus (aim for at least 2 non-spend days a week [three would be great]), also start keeping a money log again on what I’m buying (and how I’m paying for it).

5) Make my hybrid workout calendar and sticking with it

6) Working through the different e-courses (and taking notes and writing small blog posts).

7) Working on the transition plan (again with blog posts).

8) Working on a editorial calendar for the blog (some of the other goals will be on that calendar as well).

9) Networking & adding value on linkedin.

10) Writing reviews of the books that I’ve finished (but haven’t reviewed yet):

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

            Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

            Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

            Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

            Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

            Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream by James Altucher

            Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

            CareerCode: Know Your Code, Find your Fit by Jan Lowe & Tracy Lungrin

            YouMap: Find Yourself, Blaze Your path, Show the world! By Kristin Sherry

11) Restart the photography challenge (which may or may not match on various social pages).

So how did I do with my goals for December?

In terms of my step goal (at least 434,000) I managed to get 392,346 steps (it was short for the goal—but truthfully I didn’t need that many to reach the yearly goal), and that got me over my yearly goal of 5 million by several thousand steps. I ended the year with 5,278,971 steps. This was the first year that I managed to hit the goal of 5 million steps (and I’ve set the goal for three years). So I think that I will be keeping this as a yearly goal going into 2019 as well (trying to hit 5 million steps).

This was not the month for daily shakeology. My morning allergies have just been almost extreme this month so I usually try to have something solid for breakfast, and since I don’t really like mixing shakeology with water I haven’t managed to figure out how to have it at work for a snack (hopefully I can figure it out for the new year).

I have only managed to finish the following non-fiction books:

            Reinvent Yourself by James Altucher

I started out the beginning of the month doing okay in terms of keeping a money log, and even managed to have a day where I didn’t buy any sweets on campus, but I didn’t managed to go more than a single day this month in terms of not spending money (and basically after the first week of the month, I fell behind on doing the money log as well).

I made my hybrid Beachbody workout calendar for December and actually even posted it to the blog—but other than the few first days I haven’t actually completed a workout this month (other than walking). So this is something I’m also going to need to get back on track with come the New Year.

I have made a little progress with the transition plan (namely trying to do some personal development and trying to determine what my strengths and weaknesses are and then I can start tailoring my transition plan to my strengths while trying to strengthen some of my weaknesses).

In terms of everything else that I also had on the goal list for December, I really didn’t hit that many of those goals either. In part I think that I just had too many varied things on the list, and I am still struggling with time management in the evenings (two things to work on in the New Year).

So goals for starting out 2019, what will they be?

At least 434,000 steps (this will be breaking down to the minimum of 14K/day), so that I can be on track for reaching 5 million steps again by New Year’s Eve.

Starting to interact more on Linkedin.

Restarting the photography challenge (may or may not be same picture on the blog and other social pages).

Working through different e-courses and on the transition plan (making notes and posting updates on the blog).

Working on different science posts for the blog.

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books (aiming to read at least 10% of a book a day—lovely thing with the kindle as it tells you the % of the book you’ve read; would make it approximately 3 new books a month).

Workout daily (either restart a beachbody program or start a hybrid program), alternating resistance training with cardio (and hopefully a walk on the weekend along with yoga).

Figure out how to ensure that I’m having my shakeology daily (probably as a snack—though I’m pretty sure that I’m going to be down a day (as I didn’t have it today)).

And finally to remember to take things a day at a time and slowly but surely I’ll get a little better at time management and things will get done easier and quicker.


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November in Review

Well we are now down to the last month of the year. I’ve realized that I’ve fallen behind on doing posts on the blog—I totally forgot about the full moon last week, and didn’t make my full moon (Gemini) resolutions for November. I’ve realized that I really do need to start making to-do lists in a journal again (and start journaling again as well)—if I have things to check off, while I might not get to everything—I can at least see what I tried to plan out for the day (or week) and have an idea of what the hell I need to be doing instead of flying by the seat of my pants.

 

So my goals for November included:

 

1) At least 420,000 steps (this breaks down to 14K/day—which will help me get above & beyond my yearly goal of 5 million steps—or have me close by the end of the month).

2) Shakeology daily—either breakfast or snack

3) Read (or finish) at least 3 non fiction books (write & post review)

4) Write reviews for the above books that I haven’t done yet

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

5) Limit my spending on campus (try to have consecutive no spend days)

6) Start another workout program (either another round of LIIFT4 or maybe Insanity Max30 or a mix of different programs)

7) Spend at least 45 minutes a day on personal/professional development (e-course related)

8) Networking & working on transition plan

9) Restart the photography challenge

10) Work on drafting editorial calendar for the blog and trying to post at least twice a week.

 

So how did I do with each one?

At least 420,000 steps (this breaks down to 14K/day—which will help me get above & beyond my yearly goal of 5 million steps—or have me close by the end of the month).

            I managed to just get past my 420,000-step goal for the month. I managed 427,621 steps for the month—which has me at a yearly total of 4,886,625 steps. That means I can almost sit on my butt during the month of December and still hit the goal of 5 million steps. It will be nice to have achieved this goal this year (since I think I’ve set it as a goal for the past three years & this will be the first year I’ve done it).

 

Shakeology daily—either breakfast or snack

            I was good for basically the first three weeks of the month (more or less up to Thanksgiving). I think I only had a shake once this last week—mainly due to my allergies (I’m not really hungry in the morning and it takes me awhile to finish the shake & I don’t want to get up any earlier than what I’m already doing).

 

Read (or finish) at least 3 non fiction books (write & post review)

            I actually managed to finish reading four books this month (though I haven’t written or posted any reviews yet). The books that I’ve finished (and could be adding to the next list) are:

 

            Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream by James Altucher

            Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

            CareerCode: Know Your Code, Find Your Fit by Jan Lowe & Tracy Lungrin

            YouMap: Find Yourself, Blaze Your Path, Show the World! By Kristin Sherry

 

Write reviews for the books below that I haven’t done yet

            Nope, still need to write these:

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

And now there are four more books added to this list of book reviews needing to be done.

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October in Review

Well there are now only two months left in the year—that is 61 days until 2019 arrives. While Halloween has always been a favorite holiday, I’m ready for this month to be over. It has been an extremely rough and depressing month & one that I don’t want to have to repeat ever again if possible.

Needless to say, I didn’t do great with the goals for October. But let’s take a look at each one and see how close I came to accomplishing each one. The goals for the most part really aren’t changing that much, as there are certain things that if I keep on the list, they will slowly become a habit, and the list is just a reminder of things that I want to try to be better at compared to the day before.

 

So my goals for October included:

 

434,000 steps (This is still basically 14K/day; it may be less or it may be more—it depends on if I do any traveling this month).

Trying to have my shakeology daily (breakfast, dinner, or snack)

Read (or finish) at least 3 non-fiction books

Start working though the list of books that I’ve finished, but haven’t written a review over:

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

Limit what I buy on campus (pack lunch daily, including snacks)

Start another workout program (or a mix of programs—may combine LIIFT4 with InsanityMax30)

Start going through the different e-courses that I’ve bought, taking notes and posting summaries on the blog

Continue working on the transition plan (again hopefully weekly summaries for blog)

As usual—continue networking and adding value to connections on linkedin

Work on my photography challenge (probably try to restart it in the middle of the month).

Start working on more science blogs posts for the page as well.

So how did I do with each one?

434,000 steps (This is still basically 14K/day; it may be less or it may be more—it depends on if I do any traveling this month). So my total number of steps for the month is below the goal of 434,000; but only by about ~31K. The final number of steps for the month of October was 402,888. This brings my yearly total to 4,459,004. I’m just a little over 500K away from my yearly goal of 5 million steps. Since there are 61 days left in the year, I have the possibility of getting another 854,000 steps in (14K/day)—if I manage that, I’ll get above 5 million for the year. So I’m not going to beat myself up over the fact that I didn’t get to or above 434,000 steps this month.

Trying to have my shakeology daily (breakfast, dinner, or snack)

I did manage to travel out to Boston for a week (and I didn’t pack any shakeology to take with me), and I think I only managed about half the month having my shakeology at some point during the day.

Read (or finish) at least 3 non-fiction books.

I’m about 2/3 of the way through “Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us” by Daniel H. Pink. With my mood this month, I’ve stuck with a much lighter reading material.

Start working though the list of books that I’ve finished, but haven’t written a review over: This one didn’t get done. I haven’t added any books to the list, but I haven’t taken any off the list either.

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

Limit what I buy on campus (pack lunch daily, including snacks)

Due to several issues (mainly the depression due to losing two dogs within a span of four days) this wasn’t the greatest this month. There have been numerous items bought on campus (ranging from coffee to lunch to snacks). I do need to try to be better about this as well.

Start another workout program (or a mix of programs—may combine LIIFT4 with InsanityMax30)

I’ve managed to do a little LIIFT4 this month (I think I managed it the second week of the month), but other than that I mainly used walking as my mood of exercise.

Start going through the different e-courses that I’ve bought, taking notes and posting summaries on the blog

Nope, this didn’t happen. It needs to start happening hopefully this coming month.

Continue working on the transition plan (again hopefully weekly summaries for blog)

This is still something I’m working on, but didn’t make much progress with it during October (especially in terms of trying to write blog posts about it).

As usual—continue networking and adding value to connections on linkedin

I did make some headway with this goal this month. I went to a couple of networking events out in Boston last week, and in addition to making some new connections on linkedin I got feedback on my resume & help with my elevator pitch.

Work on my photography challenge (probably try to restart it in the middle of the month).

Going to need to restart this one yet again. While I did quite a bit of photography on my mini vacation most of it was with my actual camera (not my phone—since it seems to be acting up in terms of allowing me to take pictures).

Start working on more science blogs posts for the page as well.

I started to draft the post for “Introduction to Central Dogma of Biology” but that is as far as I’ve gotten with my science posts for the page. This is also on my radar of things to try to get better at doing.

 

So what are my goals for going into November?

At least 420,000 steps (this breaks down to 14K/day—which will help me get above & beyond my yearly goal of 5 million steps—or have me close by the end of the month).

Shakeology daily—either breakfast or snack

Read (or finish) at least 3 non fiction books (write & post review)

Write reviews for the above books that I haven’t done yet

Limit my spending on campus (try to have consecutive no spend days) 

Start another workout program (either another round of LIIFT4 or maybe Insanity Max30 or a mix of different programs)

Spend at least 45 minutes a day on personal/professional development (e-course related)

Networking & working on transition plan

Restart the photography challenge

Work on drafting editorial calendar for the blog and trying to post at least twice a week.

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September in Review

We’re now entering the last quarter of the year; and I’ve realized that I’m almost a week late in posting my summary of how September went. So there is only 92 days left in the year (and when this gets posted—basically only like 85 or 86 days left in the year). I had hopes that by this time, I would have been further along in some areas (like networking and the job search), but I’m not—and I realize that in part that is due to my own mental issues (anxiety being the number one issue), and that I need to just make a master plan and slowly work towards that goal. I’ve also realized that I didn’t post that much last month–my apologies; things have been crazy lately and in the evenings I realize that I tended to either try to do things for my transition plan or just veg out on the computer–going to try to be better and more diligent in how I spend on my time on the computer this last quarter of the year (so there might be even more posts coming–who knows 🙂 ).

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