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February in Review

Well the leap month is over, and we’re a sixth of the way through 2020. I actually would like time to speed up for once—this year isn’t going the way I was hoping, and therefore I almost want it to be 2021. I had decided that during my “reboot break” I was going to take at least one trip for fun/relaxation and then at least one trip for networking/work stuff. Well, it is looking like it will possibly be just networking/job related trips for the foreseeable future—why? Because of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus—SARS-CoV-2, which has been spreading around the globe since December of last year. I’m not to keen on getting on a plane for an extended period of time with other people, plus there are now numerous travel restrictions to various countries. So I’m going to be keeping an eye on the virus and news and decide towards the end of March if I’m even going out to Boston in April.

I’m getting better at some aspects of the reboot break than others—but I’ve also gained some insight into those areas as well (there will probably be another blog post on this topic at some point in March). But it has been a little over two months since I started the break, and while I haven’t made as much progress on the health and fitness—I think I’m making enough that it’s time to start really trying to work other areas of life also into the day-to-day habits/goals/things to work on.

But first, it is time to look at the goals that I set for February and see how I did with each of them:

The goals for February included:

At least 413,000 steps (a little over the 14,230 steps/day—but it is a nice round number)

Reading at least 3 non-fiction books

Working out daily (alternating between Barre Blend, LIIFT4, and possibly Morning Meltdown 100)

Personal/Professional development (listening to podcasts, working through various e-courses and other course bundles, networking, and interacting more on linkedin)
Money log/weekly-check ins/No spend days—work up to no spend weeks

Work on editorial calendar(s)—blog, personal/professional development/fitness & health/mental health—determine the direction(s) that the blog is going to be going in for 2020 and beyond

And for February the phrases: “Progress over Perfection” and “Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the same place next year”

So how did I do with each one of them?

At least 413,000 steps (a little over the 14,230 steps/day—but it is a nice round number)

            This is something that I’ve been bad at doing—getting my daily steps in. I probably only reached about fifty percent on the step goal for the month (208,873 steps). Part of the problem—it was a little too cold/rainy/wet for doing daily walks and practicing my photography. Yes, I could have done the walks and listened to podcasts, but I didn’t. So if I’m going to try to reach my 5 million steps by the end of the year, I’m now going to have to aim for basically 14,943 steps a day—or just round it up to basically 15,000 steps a day for the rest of the year. I’m even behind on just trying to get to 3,660,000 steps. So anyway you look at it—I need to start getting off my butt and moving around more.

Reading at least 3 non-fiction books

I finished reading “The 12 week year: get more done in 12 weeks than others do in 12 months” by Brian P Moran and Michael Lennington. I’m actually going to try to implement a 12-week year, possibly starting in April (I need to try to get things planned out a little better before hand).

I also finished “Permission Granted: Be who you were made to be and let go of the rest” by Melissa Camara Wilkins.

While it’s only been two books both January and February—at least I’m being steady on the number of books. I’m thinking that I should keep the number of books read to be between two to three—if it’s more great, but it should be a minimum of two books.

Working out daily (alternating between Barre Blend, LIIFT4, and possibly Morning Meltdown 100)

            This has been off and on for most of the month—though I have been consistent this last week with starting Morning Meltdown 100—so I’m probably going to continue with that one and see afterwards on doing either Barre Blend or another round of LIIFT4. The new goal will be finishing Morning Meltdown 100—which if I do just one workout a day (which is how I’m going to probably do things), I’ll be finishing it beginning of June.

Personal/Professional development (listening to podcasts, working through various e-courses and other course bundles, networking, and interacting more on linkedin)

Okay I’m getting a little better on this one—joined an accountability group within the cheeky scientist association, and am focusing on things a little more. I’m trying to post at least one to two articles a day (taking usually Sunday off) from various science/business news sites. I’m also reaching out to various people at different companies that I would like to possibly work at—just to find out a little more about the companies (namely the culture, day-to-day activities, and balance). So that is slowly moving along. I’m listening to podcasts at night, while looking at companies and so forth. Haven’t worked through that many e-courses, but that is hopefully going to change some in the coming months.

Money log/weekly-check ins/No spend days—work up to no spend weeks

            This is something that I was so-so on. I managed several no-spend days, but since I really didn’t have a February money log set up in the journal—I didn’t really keep track of the days when I did buy an e-book, or needed to order something from Amazon. Again, this is something that I’m going to be working on in the coming months—I’m actually thinking of a bare-minimum spend March challenge (blog post coming later this week possibly).

Work on editorial calendar(s)—blog, personal/professional development/fitness & health/mental health—determine the direction(s) that the blog is going to be going in for 2020 and beyond 

I’ve realized the reasons why this task (making editorial calendars) is so damn difficult for me: 1) I usually have either too many ideas bouncing around in my head (and I don’t always write them down), 2) I can’t think of anything to write on, 3) I can’t decide on the picture that I want to share in a photography challenge, and 4) I’m still haven’t totally decided on the direction(s) that the blog is going to be going in for 2020 and beyond. I mean right now it is a combo personal/professional development, travel, crafts, health/fitness, and just about anything else that catches my fancy—so basically a lifestyle blog (and I’m not even sure what type of lifestyle). Though I may keep in that general direction while I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life going forward.

I have been able to keep the phrase “Progress over Perfection” front and center while I’ve been doing things this month. The phrase “Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the same place next year” is a little harder to keep front and center—because right now I’m stuck in the middle of the fear zone, though I’m moving out of it very slowly.

So moving into March (which is the last month of the first quarter of 2020), the goals will include:

At least 465,000 steps (breaks down to 15,000 steps/day)—this is to get back on track to hit the 5 million steps goal by the end of the year.

Reading at least 2 non-fiction books

Working out daily—continuing with Morning Meltdown 100 on BOD

Personal/Professional development—listening to podcasts, working through various e-courses and other course bundles, work via the accountability group, networking, and interacting more on linkedin.

Money log/Weekly-check ins/No Spend Days—actually try to have a bare-minimum spend month (again blog post coming later this week, early next week)

Work on editorial calendar(s)—blog, personal/professional development/fitness & health/mental health. Determine the best direction(s) for the blog to go in for 2020 and beyond.

Then remember: “Progress over Perfection” and “Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the same place next year”

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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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