Thursday, August 30, 2012

Day 366 of 365 - August in Review

August concludes my goal year. Chasing goals served me well, but I did a crummy job of setting ones I could reach. I have a tendency to assume I will be more awesome than is possible, then burn myself out trying to do the impossible. At least I am finally mature enough to recognize it and back off without getting upset.

1. Lifting
- 5/3/1 continues to hum along. I did not test my original goals, but I am sure I did not hit them. Cycles of 5/3/1 will continue well beyond this goal year. I will be strong enough for the listed goals, eventually. It is not a priority though.

2. Eat on $4 a day - This was an expensive month. I decided to take a trip to Trader Joes and buy whatever I wanted. It was fun, but having all the packaged food got me kind of sick. It was also expensive. I did really enjoy having tofurkey, bread and seitan. While I figured out a floor diet of $5-6 a day, moving forward I may be a little more flexible with my food budget. I can afford it. I can always fall back on the skills I learned if my finances change.

3. Be social - I saw friends, family and coworkers. We did a lot of stuff, but most of it was centered on food or drink. I did make it to yoga 2-3x a week as planned. No wave runner rental yet though. Moving forward, yoga and doing stuff with people stays. I am still working to find activities that don't revolve around consumption.

4. Maintain my home - Miserable failure this month. I did nothing, not even put the replacement part on the microwave. My wife and I talked about this, and moving forward I've proposed a plan that puts her in charge. I'll pay a greater share for what we do, but she's gonna make it happen. We'll see if that goes any better.

5. Excel as a quality engineer - Once again security audits blew my schedule up. I have too much work now and am employing the "try harder" strategy to get through it. Obviously not much in the way of process improvement is happening. This is not sustainable, but there is a plan in the works to resolve it. Moving forward, I've decided I cannot predict on Day 1 what the company needs from me for an entire year. My role is going to change significantly in the next three months. I will focus on being flexible, staying open minded, and putting a fair work week for both me and the company.

Next year’s goals will be more process focused. I feel like those worked the best this year, and I have some promising ideas for improving my quality of life.