Sunday, February 5, 2017

Weekly Goals #30: Last Week of Being 30 (coincidentally)!

Next Saturday, I turn 31. I'm much less apprehensive about this birthday than I was last year - the jump from out of the decade of my 20's seemed overwhelming. In addition, I was looking for my next job and struggling with that. This year, despite some challenges, I'm overall in a much better place, thanks to God. I am convinced that I am deliberately kept in His grip of grace.

That's one thing I want to hold on to this week. God's goodness and love.

Goals/schedule for this week:

Every day:
  • Dailies Result: Surprisingly, Friday and Saturday were not the difficult days - it was the middle of the week. Some of it was due to being out of my routine with travel on Monday and Tuesday. 
  • Go for 3 runs. Result: Done - one trail run at a park while on a business trip to Knoxville, a run around the neighborhood on Friday, and a run Sunday morning. I'm going to start tracking my mileage on a chart on my office - I think that would also be a good motivator. 
  • Try to get ~10K steps per day if reasonably possible. Result: While traveling, I actually managed to do this or very close to it. Other days were more difficult. I only walk about 0.5 miles at work, so I'd have to make up the balance after work. On some days, like Thursday, it was more important to go to a small group study than get my steps in. I did stop wearing my Fitbit around Wednesday when the battery died, and I found that wearing it really does encourage me to get more steps in. 
  • Challenge log - at least one item per day Result: Only logged 4 items. I can say though that it has made me more mindful of going outside of my comfort zone. 
  • Finish reading Voluntary Madness. Result: Done last night. I really enjoyed the book, partly due to the author's penchant for self-reflection. Two things that resonated with me: The idea of "staying" with one's fear/anxiety, etc. instead of trying to escape it. By doing so, you become familiar with it, which helps eliminate the fear of the unknown that may be driving some of it. The other idea was that activities like crafting, art, etc. are therapeutic because they provide a sort of healthy escape from the constant negative chatter and thoughts in one's head. Finally, the author ended with her key piece of advice in facing issues: Get your boots on.
  • Read one more chapter in Beyond Strategic Vision. Result: Not done, in part because too tired to focus on heavier reading in the evenings. 

Monday
  • Enter all 37 improvement ideas from Friday's workshop into the shared site database while traveling in the a.m. Result: Done - transcribed them onto paper first from the pictures on my phone then logged them in the half an hour between flights. Setting this goal of getting it done before I finished traveling was effective. 
  • Add material breakdown document to team site. Result: Done, although I found out later after feedback from one of the team members that it did not take an important parameter into consideration, so it needed to be adjusted. 
  • Send out notice of new site to team. Result: Done. Mixed feedback on the site - they were somewhat ambivalent about that. That's okay though, the benefit is primarily for me for organizing the info, and the team may see benefit as time goes on. 
  • Enjoy a healthy lunch at Jason's Deli (my favorite). Result: Done, although I couldn't finish the whole salad I got. I'm starting to get over my obsession with Jason's Deli - it's just too much food. 
  • Log 10,000 steps in the p.m. (& maybe Whole Foods for dinner?) Result: Done, although it wasn't as fun as I had hoped, partly to feeling down. The weather and location did not help. I would have been better off spending this time holed up in a coffee shop getting some things done, I think. 

Tuesday
  • Go-and-see tour of one of our facilities. Result: Done. 
  • Meet & greet and coaching sessions with two of my green belts. Result: Done, and it went very well. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting them in person and talking and seeing some of their projects. I was very impressed with their work, and I think it meant a lot to them that I came to come see it. 
  • Head back to the airport for lunch & some work before flying home. Done, and I was able to get some work done while having a (good) Quiznos salad at the airport. 
  • Start investigation on inventory costs. Result - sent email and someone is working on getting this info for me. 
  • (Added later) - I had an hour before I had to be at the airport, so I went for a trail run at a local park, and I'm so glad I did. I felt good when finished. 

Wednesday
  • Catch up with manager. Result: Since I got in late the previous night, I worked from home this day and did not see her. However, we got caught up the next day. 
  • Consumer Packaging presentation (1 hr). Result: Done, although I did not get a lot out of it. Probably because I was working on other stuff while listening. 
  • Book travel to MV & send out agenda/notice (1 hr). Result: Not done - I wanted to wait and talk to the team on Friday to get their take on which site I should go to. 
  • Meet with finance to discuss rates for upcoming projects (1.5 hr). Result: Not done since I stayed home, but my manager was going anyway so I did not really need to be there. 
  • Discuss Project R with key stakeholder & understand customer pricing limitations (real and perceived) (1.5 hour). Result: Done, and it was very helpful. She was knowledgeable about the process, history, and limitations, and helped my understanding. She said she was very impressed with my grasp of the situation so far, which was good feedback to hear. 
  • Finish Project P completion summary, send out control plan, close project. (2 hours). Result: Done on Thursday - had a last-minute request to explain the tracking method, so I set up a call on Thursday to take care of that. Everyone seemed satisfied with the method, and I closed out the project. 
Thursday (so far no meetings - catch up day)
  • Prep for Friday's workshop (4 hours) inc. handout on TIM WOODS, printing agendas, lay out headers for kanban board for improvement ideas (on site as well). Result: Done, although I forgot to distribute the handouts on TIM WOODS. However, we did go through it electronically, and among all the team members they remembered what the acronyms stood for. 
  • Submit cat's licensing application. Result: Completely forgot. I put it on  my to-do list just now so I have more visibility to it. 
  • Set up email notifications for Project PP site (1 hour). Result: Not done. I will admit, I've lost motivation for this project since it is technically closed and I have more pressing priorities, but I really should help them out. 
  • Study up on inventory management - i.e. videos on Amazon, etc. Result - done, and decided to share a couple of the videos with the team. 
  • Possibly go to first group study. Result: Done, and I'm so glad we went. We met some really neat people, and felt very welcome and at ease. I'm looking forward to future fellowship. 

Friday
  • Team workshop - should leave with top improvement ideas and next steps. Result: Done, and we got pretty wrapped up in the process, so much that the originally scheduled 2.5 hours turned into almost 4. I try not to do that, but we really needed to power through and get it done. Now we have narrowed the 40+ ideas down to about 25. We didn't have time to vote, but we can do that electronically next week. 
  • Send out meeting notes/action items/notice for next meeting. Done, although it took until about 6 pm on Friday to get it all finished. It was worth it though to do it with everything fresh in my head. 
  • Update site kanban board with next steps and action items. Result: Action items updated, but the idea list hasn't been yet. I might do this today or tomorrow. 

Saturday (birthday!)
  • Finish birthday card for Dad to give to Mom. Result: Not done - ran out of time and decided that I could mail it on Monday and still get it to him in time. 
  • Meet Mom for coffee. Result: Met both of my parents for about an hour. 
  • Ikea trip!! (by my special request - I love Ikea). Result: Done, and it was nice. I had mentally allowed myself to spend $150, but found I only truly wanted/needed about $35 worth of items, and that was okay. We got stuck in traffic on the way home which I did NOT enjoy, but still, it overall was a nice way to spend my birthday. 
  • Jason's Deli for lunch. Result: Did not do - in part because I had gotten my Jason's fix earlier in the week, and I just wasn't feeling like driving a little out of the way to go there. I had a big bowl of popcorn at home instead, and it was very nice :-)
Overall, my birthday was much nicer than it was last year, in part because I got to spend most of the day with people I love as opposed to being alone most of the day like last year, and in huge part because I'm at a better place in my life now with my job and location. Last year was tough. 

Sunday
  • Church. Result: Chose not to go, in part because my husband would be working in the children's area, and in part because the weather is glorious and I just felt like staying home and getting some things done. 
  • Weekly blog recap. Result: Doing it right now!
  • Weekly blog post. Result: Will get this done later today :-)
Reflection: I don't think I needed to break down the daily activities into such a micro level. It took a while to recap all of them, and I don't think the smaller items are as value-added and tend to dilute/detract from the more important goals.

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