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Scorecard: year 1, weeks 4–5

Posted at age 27.
Edited .

The fifth week of my first 12 week year is over, and I scored 56.5%. This is 4.3% lower than last week, which itself was 17.6% lower than the week before‘s 78.4%.

The past two weeks were the least productive of the five weeks since I started tracking. They were also the weeks I least rigorously tracked.

Part of this is due to struggling with changing priorities. When I first created the rough daily plans, I anticipated needing some flexibility since I didn’t know what job search related things would cause me to want to study particular topics more, etc. That’s why I created “study” and “employment/projects” time blocks, figuring I could fill them with whatever was relevant to my priorities.

This may have been part of the problem, though. I’ve found myself totally ignoring my calendar more and more, opting to do my tasks whenever I pleased. Initially this was due to being behind in the major tasks, such as math study and programming projects. I rationalized it would be better I just focus on those things instead of trying to follow the schedule. That might have been a reasonable excuse if the end result was I finished everything I wanted to, but I didn’t.

Instead I’ve felt somewhat more stressed and didn’t even catch up on email despite not putting much time into distraction free blocks. My digestive system has also been suboptimal, possibly still due to some antibiotics I had to take a few weeks ago, and possibly due an irregular diet lately. I need to get to the grocery store, but haven’t felt like I have time. I did manage to spend more time than usual with friends, but usually in the evenings after my brain was already on the decline.

I’m going to try to seriously work on the habit forming aspect of all this now. I realize trying to do too much isn’t that helpful when it comes to habits, so I’m sort of compromising by setting out the start of my days more specifically, and leaving more open space in the evenings and weekends.

Notably, I’m starting earlier, at 8:00. Thus far I’ve done a horrible job getting up at my planned 9:30, so this might seem counter intuitive. I’m hoping a combination of raw shame for starting X hours late as well as starting with fitness helps. I’m moving the runs up to first thing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be abs and chest, plus stretching and perhaps meditating. Previously I only had generic “fitness” blocks, but hopefully being more specific will keep me more accountable. Then I specifically allotted all the WaniKani and BrainHQ hours, as well as programming project hours and Khan Academy (math catch up) hours.

If I follow the schedule, I’m guaranteed to get 90 percent of my stuff done in the 70ish hours I mapped.


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