Daily Entry: June 1st, 2020


Time (PST) Plan Reality
0000 SLEEP
0030 SLEEP
0100 SLEEP
0130 SLEEP
0200 SLEEP
0230 SLEEP
0300 SLEEP
0330 SLEEP
0400 SLEEP
0430 Buffer SLEEP
0500 Buffer SLEEP
0530 Buffer SLEEP
0600 Morning routine block SLEEP
0630 Morning routine block Morning routine
0700 Buffer Morning routine
0730 Pomodoro: Planning TV: News without the BS
0800 Stretching Pomodoro: Planning
0830 Stretching
0900 Stretching
0930 Pomodoro: Organization Organization
1000 Pomodoro: Work Organization
1030 Buffer Pomodoro: Data Sensitivity Bug
1100 Grocery shopping
1130 Grocery shopping
1200 Grocery shopping
1230 Buffer Lunch
1300 NAP Lunch
1330 Lunch NAP
1400 Meeting: Admin Team Weekly Sync
1430 Buffer
1500 Pomodoro: Work
1530 Appointment: Therapist
1600 Appointment: Therapist
1630 Buffer Appointment: Therapist
1700 Cooking block TV: YouTube
1730 Cooking block TV: YouTube
1800 Music with wife Side-projects
1830 Pomodoro: Side-projects Side-projects
1900 Hanging out
1930 Hanging out
2000 Hanging out
2030 Winding down
2100 SLEEP
2130 SLEEP
2200 SLEEP
2230 SLEEP
2300 SLEEP
2330 SLEEP


Woke up with a bit of an upset stomach so I slept in. Though the cat really didn't want any of that. Think it'll all work out, though. Today is a meeting/appointment-heavy day so I won't get much work in, I don't think. Putting in a lot of buffers to set expectations low and doable. Let's see if I can exceed those expectations.

I'm pretty sure that regular stretching and a low heartbeat are correlated. After a consistent week of stretching (woo!), I'm now regularly seeing my heart rate below 50, and it often stays below 60 when at my standing desk (usually around 70 like it is right now).

Pretty happy with these habits coming in. I think a big goal here is to not overdo it. Pick a minimum when things are hard, pick a maximum when things are easy, and adhere to those numbers. I got this from a game dev diary wherein a person was making a game a month (he's also a writer):

"Everyone has what works for them. My method for writing books is to write one page a day, and try not to think about if it's turning out good or not. This is after all why they call it a first draft. Try not to reread it too much and most definitely don't go back and rewrite anything. Focus on getting to the end. If you can't think of what's going to happen next, skip ahead to the next thing you are sure about. Everything gets easier once you get to the end, once we know where it's going, and what the point of the whole thing was. And that's when you go back and rewrite the earlier bits and get everything in line.

"The most important thing for me is not to write more than a page a day. Some days you feel like you could write more, great, stop anyway, hang onto it, stew on it over night, and starting tomorrow's page will be easy. Writing as much as you can everyday is the fastest way to burn out. So try to write at least a page, but if you really can't manage that, just write something everyday. Even one line. Even one word. Is forward progress."

I think this is solid. I definitely go too hard too fast and then am exhausted. I even did this the first week on ADHD meds for employed-work and by Thursday was burnt out. Last week, I did things in a much more sustainable way, managed to work throughout the week, and also am ready for work with this week (the weekend was "enough" of a break, in this sense).

Perhaps a new mantra is in order, then? Maybe in addition to "practice flexibility" and maybe "practice intentionality" (not sure about this one yet), there can be "one page a day"?

Something to ruminate on.