Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Day 345

The internet feels like a blessing and a curse sometimes, but I think the pros are outweighing the cons this week.  Before I write anything else, I would like to share that I discovered a great (FREE!) Google Sheets schedule that I adopted for myself today. It's available here and is broken down into 15-minute increments. There are a few spots where it says AM where it means PM and vice versa, but that was an easy fix. There are also hourly schedules, but I wanted to have more time slots while I'm still figuring things out.

Anyway, I decided last night after I finished my blog post that I needed a schedule. I am proud to report that my efforts weren't completely futile, and I'm already adjusting to have a more effective plan for tomorrow. My plan for myself today involved the following:

  • 8:00-9:00 - Eat breakfast, make dough for icebox rolls
  • 9:00-12:00 - Work (GA job)
  • 12:00-1:00 - Lunch (but also fill out IRB paperwork for an upcoming project, and send feedback to the papers I was discussant for at ACPA)
  • 1:00-3:00 - Work (GA job)
  • 3:00-3:45 - Make the rolls (they have to rise for an hour and a half before baking)
  • 3:45-5:15 - Go run 6 miles
  • 5:15-6:00 - Shower and get ready for dinner
  • 6:00-9:00 - Dinner with our cousins Tim and Emily
  • 9:00-11:00 - Transcribe the interview I did for my qualitative research class
  • 11:00-midnight - Write my daily blog post
First, the good:
  1. I made my rolls, and they turned out great
  2. I worked the 5 hours of my GA job that I planned to do today
  3. Dinner with Tim and Emily became dinner with Emily, but it was delicious
  4. I transcribed my interview, which is time-consuming even with the help of Otter.ai
  5. I only used 45 minutes of my scheduled lunch hour.
Next, the fails:
  1. I didn't start my workday on time, which bled into my running time, so...
  2. I didn't go run 6 miles. I didn't go run at all. I didn't come close to meeting my step goal
  3. I didn't do the IRB paperwork during my scheduled lunch hour.
  4. I didn't send ACPA feedback during my scheduled lunch hour.
Third, the bonuses:
  1. I washed, dried, and folded several loads of laundry that weren't in the plan for the day. 

Finally, some lessons learned:

  1. Laundry takes time out of the day BUT it's nice to be able to spread it out.
  2. I need to either build in time to drag around in the morning or expedite my morning routine of stuff I do around the house
  3. Maybe I should shorten my lunch "hour" and give the tasks I expect to be short their own 15-minute time slot rather than dumping them into "things I'll do during lunch"

Counting, Fingers, First, Hand, One, Second, Third
Guess who didn't take any photos today? Pixabay to the rescue!
Something that made today great: I made strides on a task I hadn't worked on in several months.
Time I woke up: 8:00 am

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