Saturday, December 3, 2011

Day 94 of 365 - November in Review

November was not a good month for progress against my goals. Stress at home has me distracted and escaping into non-productive activities.
1. Lifting - The month started out ok, but fell apart in the last two weeks. Poor diet led to low energy and skipped workouts.

2. Eat on $4 a day - Stress led to low quality, expensive eating habits. I am trying to get back on the menu I laid out at the start of November. About all I learned is that corn flour and corn meal are very different ingredients, that yield very different results. I did make my best pizza to date.

3. Become competitive at pool - This goal remains on hold.

4. Maintain my home - This goal received no attention in November and is likely to remain on hold for December.

5. Excel as a quality engineer - So far adapting to the new developer has been a non-issue. I discovered I can get my agile books for free via interlibrary loan, which is fantastic. I am 2/3 of the way through the book Product Development Flow. The author provides solutions to and reasons for many of the problems I have experienced with traditional project management. Very cool. I also have the book _Agile Testing_ sitting on my kitchen table. I expect to start it in the next week and to see continued strong progress in December.

Other than doing well with my career (which I am getting paid for), I really took things easy. I cannot decide if this is an appropriate response to stress or simply poor coping ability on my part. December may be more of the same. I have put my Netflix on hold in an effort to direct my energy productively. We'll see what happens.