Yesterday was a perfect Sunday. Started with a hot home brewed French press of coffee and French toast for breakfast. A family stroll in the newly chilly air followed by steaming bowls of hot soba soup and then me and my sons on the bath.
Other than that, the week was tedious and busy and I won’t even bother to share stats, because there’s nothing good in there!
The past week was a boulder dropped on me at about 8:30 on Monday morning. Obviously too much to do, to which was added annoying little clerical tasks that rank highly in importance, urgency, distractiveness, and apparent pointlessness.
Avg daily mindfulness: 12min over 1 day
Avg daily sleep: 5h 39min
On the topic of building habits, my problem seems to be temporal.
Am I using reminders as a high tech form of procrastination? Could be. Always has been one of my strengths. Part of this habit building project is trying to decide whether to purchase a subscription for Productive. Using the free version, I currently have three goals:
1 Publish this blog once per week.
2 Write for business once per day.
3 Write for pleasure once per day.
Will see how it goes.
There are three more stats I’ll start including as well:
Heart rate min/max: 58/112bpm
Avg daily exercise: 15min over three days
Avg daily steps: 7328
The end of the year is coming soon, and this blog is still stagnant.
Today is the first day back to work after the autumn break, which concluded a heartwarming two week visit by my mom and three days in Tokyo Disneyland with my two young children.
All week, as I indulged in poor habits like staying up too late playing SimCity BuildIt, eating spontaneous hot dogs, and admiring Chip’s and Dale’s butter collection, I’ve been reflecting on the importance of habits. Lurking somewhere behind those reflections are my goals. Grand ideas with nebulous plans supported by little more than digital reminders in the cloud. I believe that the bridge between now and the future I want to create is made of habits.
Although they have been rather neglected recently, I do have some good personal habits on which to build.
Taking a page out of Bridget Jones’ Diary, I will use this blog to hold myself accountable to various habits which I want to cultivate by sharing basic statistics that I regularly track using the iOS Health App.
Avg daily mindfulness: 5min
Avg daily sleep: 5h 12min
As I get in the weekly habit, I’ll add more details and deeper reflection, but as I’m already a day behind, that’ll be all for this week.
This blog is neglected. I started it two years ago as a way to gather creative ideas and reflect on personal experiences in opposition to my professional teaching blog, Symphony of Ideas
. That hasn’t happened. At least not in as substantive a manner as I had hoped.
Now, the summer vacation offers precious time. If I don’t start making a habit of writing now, it would take a miracle to build the habit after the next school year begins.
The ace up my sleeve is Connected Learning MOOC
. They’re the ones who got me hooked on digital publishing and online sharing in the summer of 2013, and without any major life events scheduled, I plan to participate this summer less peripherally than in the past. You should too! Sign up for CLMOOC here
Why blog? Who knows? Just write, share, and see where it leads.
Based on the responses I’ve seen, #Brexit is like trying a spontaneous divorce to cope with a midlife crisis.
Ren wanted to melt a small piece of chocolate, but I wouldn’t let him use the microwave. His solution? Chew it until it melts, then spit it into a bowl. Gross but impressive.