Sunday, October 28, 2012

Weekly Goals #7: Tough Week

I'm not very impressed the goals progress this week, but on my behalf it was a tough week. I was "surprised" Monday evening with the news that I would be presenting to the VP of engineering on Thursday on a study I had been working on. It was a great opportunity that required some extra effort. The long days at the office and the added stress were challenging, but I survived it, and the presentation went reasonably well. I had to adapt my thought process for the week though, and didn't have as much extra time.

#1) Get up earlier (6-ish) every work day and go to the gym (should be able to do 30 minutes at gym). This is such a good way to start the day, and helps if I can't work out in the evenings, which I haven't been doing much of lately. Mid-day walks would be good as well, when I can fit them in. I would like to start getting in the habit of working out in the mornings again. It's great to start the day off by accomplishing something first thing.
Report out: I did this only on Monday It is a good goal, but last week was not a good week to try to achieve it. I needed that extra half hour of sleep more than I needed to go to the gym, or at least I think I did. The weather wasn't great for lunch time walks, and I worked a lot of late nights, which meant that I didn't work out again until Thursday-yikes. I think that working out in the mornings is ultimately what I want to do more regularly, but last week was not the week to do it. I'm sort-of-OK with not reaching this goal. At least it was a conscious decision.


#2) Write at least one page of memoir this week. Someone this week told me that my story would make an interesting and/or inspiring read. I've on-and-off written a few pages here and there, but really want to work more consistently on it. As time goes on, my memories may become not as sharp and clear. I want to speak my truth as well as I can.
Report out: Done. I wrote mostly dialogue, which takes up a lot of space for not-so-many-words, but it still counts.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Weekly Goals #6: Go Get 'Em

1. No more than 1 can diet soda per day. Last week I struggled with this-one day I had about 40 ounces of diet soda over the course of the day. It makes me jittery and bloated, and less likely to drink the actual water my body needs.
Report out: Done, although on Friday, I had a 20 oz bottle instead of a can, and had some Sprite Zero in the evening.

2. Go to one yoga class. It has been a couple of week since I've gone to one, and I miss it. Plus I haven't been doing much for strength training lately.
Report out:  Done-went for 40 minutes on Wednesday. The class was an hour and I left early because I was bored/tired (not the best of reasons, but true).

3. Avoid snacking on chocolate candy at work. I've been doing this a little mindlessly lately and would benefit from healthier choices. I'm not eliminating all candy though--I will still probably enjoy the occasional atomic fireball.
Report out: Had one piece of a chocolate covered stick that a co-worker brought back from Japan. I honestly forgot about my goal until after I ate it. Other than that, I did eat any. I have to admit I wasn't very tempted though-there wasn't anything other than 3 Musketeers available.

 4. Do a bang-up job of delivering results of simulation study at work. I want to ace this assignment.
Report out: I stayed until 6:30 on Monday to write up the results, and I think I did a good job. The results themselves were inconclusive, so I'm going to continue the study when I have down-time.

5. Pray/meditate for five minutes every morning. This seems like such a good way to start the day, and I want to give it a try. Plus, I need to reconnect with God--been putting Him on the back-burner lately, and it's no good.
Report out: Done on the weekdays. I used the time while the coffee was brewing in the morning to sit and pray and just be still. It was good to reflect and ask for guidance for the day ahead.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Weekly Goals #5: Short and Sweet

1. Identify project out work that is outside of my normal job responsibilities, and begin to figure out how to solve it. I have now been in this new job for more than two months, and while I have much to continue learning, I am ready to start contributing.
Report out:  Sort of done. I volunteered to work on a simulation study that wasn't "necessary" but I think could be very helpful. It is in addition to my needed job duties.

2. Take fish oil, multivitamin, and calcium chews every day. I usually take them sporadically, but want to take them more regularly. I've packed a day's worth into multiple small plastic bags to make it easier to grab a pack.
Report out: Done. Can't say I feel different, but I know they are good for me.

3. Write notes/emails to at least two people I don't talk to regularly.I am not typically good at staying in touch with people, and I want to be.
Report out: Done-including a phone conversation with my grandma and my friend Katie. I am notoriously inept at keeping in touch with people, so this is good progress.