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20 for 2020: week 48

Week of 23 November 2020

My 20 for 2020 list.

What did I want to do better this week?
I wanted to stop looking at my phone in moments between activities and do some kind of movement instead.

So, how did that go then?
Probably not so well. The phone’s in reach. I just mindlessly grab it and look at it. Perhaps the thing I need to do first is to find out exactly how many times I pick it up during a day to look at it. That’s the task for this week then.

I’ve become a lot more aware of scrolling Instagram during my work day and I don’t do that any more because I have to log it in Habitica and it takes health away from my cute little avatar.

On to 20 for 2020
The only thing I did this week was work on my 50 in 50 photo project (thing 9). I’m now a month into this project, where I only have my 50mm lens on my camera and I take a photo every day. I think I’d actually have completed it if I’d decided to stick to the original task, which was to do it for 30 days. But 50 days makes way more sense with the 50 mm lens, so the task continues.

50 in 50: Day 29

I’m a bit behind in editing the photos because I’ve been working through my Open House Hobart photos at the same time and updating my blog with those too. But I finished the last post on the weekend, so they are done now and I can go back to focusing on the 50mm photos.

Sunday was monthly review day (thing 22), which I did at the coffee shop.

Not this coffee shop

What did I achieve this week?
My regular check in: I stayed up to date with my Hobart Street Corners project and I have a bit to do to catch up with my weekly photo journal.

I finished my NaNoWriMo goal of 15,000 words on Monday. Okay, it wasn’t anywhere near the full 50,000 words so I’m not a NaNoWriMo “winner” but I did sit down and write the foundations for a writing project that I want to work on, and that’s what I wanted to achieve in November, so I’m a winner in that sense.

I had a big success at work, with a project I’d been working on for about 18 months finally being launched into the big wide world after much to-ing and fro-ing between various people who have more control over what happens to these things than I do. I was really happy about this because a lot of my work in recent years hasn’t really gone anywhere. So to have something I ‘d worked closely on get the tick from the highest level was a good feeling. This week also saw the end of the Budget Estimates process, so all of that work is done and dusted and I can go back to normal, whatever that looks like.

I’m not really sure what this will be as my job had to be reshuffled a bit to let me focus on the Estimates work, and I don’t have to go back to the role I used to have. So this will be a time of new things and possibly new work. Which seems a bit odd to be doing this close to the end of the year.

What didn’t go so well?
I went to the doctor about recurring pain in my heel, which had turned into a big lump on Tuesday night that got me worried. It was an amusing visit in the end, which included him promising me that it wasn’t a tumour. It’s actually an Achilles issue, caused, he said, by over-use. Basically I walk too much!

In a nutshell, he said I need to reduce my activity to let it heal and that it could take anywhere from six months to six years to come right. It reminded me of a tennis elbow issues I had a couple of years ago that eventually came right by itself after about 18 months. I guess this will be the same.

A function at Government House on Friday was a nice way to end a very busy week

My physio had a slightly different take on it on Friday, and he said it all stems from the area of my body that’s getting overloaded and causing all my other issues, which has resulted in this as well. So we keep working on that and I have to wear better shoes. No thongs, no bare feet and basically nothing that isn’t a fully supportive running shoe.

It might be time for a new pair of shoes.

Summary for the week

  • Things completed this week: 0
  • Things completed to date: 15 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21)
  • Things I progressed: 2 (9, 22)
  • Things in progress I didn’t progress: 4 (7, 11, 13, 17)
  • Things not started: 1 (19)
  • Days I worked on my art (Goal = 2): 7
  • Days I read a book (Goal = 7): 7
  • Days I did yoga stretches (Goal = 7): 0
  • Days I shut my computer down before 10.15 (Goal = 7): 5
  • Days I went for a walk in the afternoon (Goal = 7): 5
  • Days I had a lunch break away from my desk (Goal = 5 work days): 4
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20 for 2020: week 47

Week of 16 November 2020

Here’s my 20 for 2020 list.

What did I want to do better this week?
Keep working on the “replace phone use with movement” thing. That means instead of checking my phone at times when I’m between tasks or places, I get up and move instead.

So, how did that go then?
This week hasn’t probably been the best week for this because I’ve been working basically full time on coordinating papers and briefings for budget estimates week, which is next week, so I haven’t had a moment to sit down and catch my breath, much less check my phone. The good thing about this (if there is one) is that I am constantly on the go rather than sitting down all day.

Things will return to “normal” after next week so that will be the time I’ll need to start watching out for “just checks” of my phone. I did stop myself a couple of times during the week, and I think that’s the first step. Just being aware of doing it rather than mindlessly picking up the phone and scrolling through whatever feed I fancy at the time.

On to 20 for 2020
This week mostly taken up with work so I didn’t look at any of my 20 for 2020 things, other than my 50 mm challenge (thing 9). I’ve been carrying my camera around with me a lot more since I started it and looking for interesting things to photograph. I’m a bit behind on the editing but I haven’t missed a day of actually taking the photos.

50 in 50 day 24

I have a bit to catch up with on my photoblog, with those photos and also the photos and posts from the Open House Hobart weekend so that will be my focus over the next week or so once things calm down at work.

I finished the Bored and Brilliant challenge (thing 12) and you can read about it here.

Yes, I watched a pot of water come to the boil

What did I achieve this week?
My regular check in: I stayed up to date with my weekly photojournal (well, at least the journal side of it, the photo side not so much) and with the Hobart Street Corners project.

This week’s big news story in Tasmania

Kramstable and I signed up for the virtual Point to Pinnacle challenge, which started last Saturday. This year’s Point to Pinnacle was cancelled because of Covid. Kramstable had been looking forward to it because it would have been the first year he’d have been able to do the full event. Last year he was only allowed to do the 10km Point to Pub, as participants have to be 14 to do the Pinnacle event.

This challenge was designed to make up for not having the event in 2020, by challenging people to reach a total climb of 1271 metres over the week. It didn’t matter how you did it—presumably you could walk up and down an elevation of 10 metres 127 times over the week if you wanted to. The main issue we had with it was that it was all tracked on Strava, which neither of us had. So we had to sign up there and then manually put on all of our activity over the week. Which would have been fine if we’d remembered to track it in another app. Neither of us did.

Nonetheless, we had already decided that we could walk to the top of Mt Nelson to give our elevation stats a boost. We weren’t able to do it over the weekend because we had things on both days, so we decided to to it after school one day. I had previously walked up Nelson Road to the Signal Station and I remember it taking a while but not being too strenuous. A bit like the walk up the road to the kunanyi summit. However, it’s a very bendy, narrow road, with lots of cars and very little in the way of footpath infrastructure, so we decided to take the stairs up the side of the road.

I was aware of the stairs’ existence. They go up the side of the university. I’d never walked up them. I discovered there was a reason for that. It was a warm afternoon. For whatever reason, the hours after school that used to coincide with a walk up a beastly hill to pick up Kramstable when he was in primary school are the hottest and most uncomfortable hours of the day in Hobart and this day was no exception. Hot afternoon sun plus steep stairs do not equate to a pleasant afternoon stroll. Especially when greeted with a bunch of sweaty teen boys from the nearby school, which obviously uses the stairs as some sort of fitness torture for the students.

The steps from hell

We complained about it. A lot. At one point I said to Kramstable if we got too uncomfortable we could stop and go back down. He didn’t disagree but suggested we get to the top of the section where we were and then reassess.

On the way up

Once we got there, I could see the water tank that marks the end of the Nelson Road bends. That was not what I’d been expecting. The actual stair climb, although torturous, had been relatively short compared to walking up the bends. To say I was overjoyed that the torment was over was an understatement! When I told Kramstable that the worst bit was over and that the rest of the walk to the Signal Station, if we decided to go there, was going to be easy, he was as relieved as I was and agreed we’d finish the walk to the end of the road. I figured we hadn’t come all that way and undergone that much agony to not see the views at the end. So off we went and had a lovely afternoon walk, both agreeing that if either of us ever suggested we walk up those stairs again, the answer would be no.

The view from the Signal Station

We never ended up tracking the walk on Strava but our other app told us it was only a 400 metre climb, so we’d have had to have done it at least three more times to get to 1271 metres. That was never going to happen, so we left that challenge undone. Consider our entry fee a donation to making next year’s Point to Pinnacle happen.

What didn’t go so well?
I don’t think anything went particularly badly. I did feel sorry for the new guy at work who had to put up with me getting somewhat flustered at the work I was doing and telling myself to stay calm and to go through one document at a time.

What do I want to do better next week?
Let’s stick with the movement breaks instead of phone breaks thing.

Summary for the week

  • Things completed this week: 1 (12)
  • Things completed to date: 15 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21)
  • Things I progressed: 1 (9)
  • Things in progress I didn’t progress: 5 (7, 11, 13, 17, 22)
  • Things not started: 1 (19)
  • Days I worked on my art (Goal = 2): 6
  • Days I read a book (Goal = 7): 7
  • Days I did yoga stretches (Goal = 7): 0
  • Days I shut my computer down before 10.15 (Goal = 7): 6
  • Days I went for a walk in the afternoon (Goal = 7): 7
  • Days I had a lunch break away from my desk (Goal = 5 work days): 5

20 for 2020: week 46

Week of 9 November 2020
My 20 for 2020 list.

What did I want to do better this week?
Put the phone down! Not unconsciously check Instagram.

Move more. Not stay sitting down in one place for too long.

So, how did that go then?
This work has been very busy at work and the work I’ve been doing has involved a lot of getting up and down so it’s timed very well wth the need to move. I think it’s something I need to think more about when I’m in periods where I’m doing focus work rather than that type of work, because I can quite easily sit down for an hour or more and not move if I’m engrossed in something. While that’s good for the work, it isn’t good for my body and think my work needs to be on finding out how to get in movement breaks without breaking my concentration.

I got through the whole week without checking Instagram at work, which is good. I think I need to break the habit of reaching for the phone in moments when I’m between activities. In the book Indistractable (thing 13), Nir Eyal calls these “liminal moments” and says they are danger periods for getting sucked into the phone.

Taking both these things together, it occurs to me that, I need to replace the phone habit with the habit of moving myself on those moments. What I need is for the phone to give me a small electric shock when I go to pick it up at time I don’t want to be looking at it . . .

On to 20 for 2020
That leads me nicely into the Bored and Brilliant challenge (thing 12), which is also about excessive phone use. I re-started it this week, and I’ve written a post about it that I’ll share later in the week, so I won’t go into any more detail about that here.

I’m sure you’re hanging on tenterhooks to find out if I got my uni mark (thing 8) this week. No? Just me, then.

I did and, as I expected, I passed. After a week of obsessively checking my email for the one that would tell me my result, I missed it when it did come in because I was so busy at work, and I actually got a message from one of my classmates to tell me the results were out.

I did better than I’d expected in my wildest dreams and am really happy with the result. I may have let out a strangled squeal of excitement when I saw my mark, which made my workmate sitting next to me ask if I was okay. I said I was in shock. She was worried. No, no, it’s okay, it’s good shock!

We’ll have a graduation ceremony next year so I can’t tick off the “and graduate” part of thing 8, but it’s as good as done for me.

I’ve been continuing the 50 in 50 photo challenge (thing 9) and you can see my (approximately) daily updates on my instagram.

Day 15/50

Finally, the sprouts (thing 21) were a success so I can cross that one off too.

Sprouts day 3
Sprouts day 5

What else did I achieve this week?
My regular check in: I stayed up to date with my weekly photojournal and my Hobart street corners project.

What didn’t go so well?
Apart from one day when I had people at work coming at me left, right and centre, and someone trying to get me on the phone at the same time and almost melting down but managing to hold it together, this week went well.

What do I want to do better next week?
Keep working on the “replace phone use with movement” thing.

Summary of week 46

  • Things completed this week: 8, 21
  • Things completed to date: 14 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21)
  • Things I progressed: 2 (9, 12)
  • Things in progress I didn’t progress: 5 (7, 11, 13, 17, 22)
  • Things not started: 1 (19)
  • Days I worked on my art (Goal = 2): 7
  • Days I read a book (Goal = 7): 7
  • Days I did yoga stretches (Goal = 7): 0
  • Days I shut my computer down before 10.15 (Goal = 7): 7
  • Days I went for a walk in the afternoon (Goal = 7): 6
  • Days I had a lunch break away from my desk (Goal = 5 work days): 5

20 for 2020: week 45

Week of 2 November 2020

My 20 for 2020 list.

What did I want to do better this week?
Learn to identify early warning signs of becoming distressed in overwhelming situations and removing myself instead of trying to push through because I “have to” stay somewhere.

So, how did that go then?
This week was much better at work. The noise wasn’t as bad and I made sure I used my noise-cancelling headphones when I needed them. I did my required two days in the office and worked from home the other three days.

I’ve also been doing some reading about managing myself in over-stimulating environments and know I need to make sure that I don’t force myself to stay in situations that I can’t cope with. This is up to me to manage. No one is going to look out for me and the noise isn’t going to stop just because I’m uncomfortable. I have to be more proactive and assertive, which doesn’t come easily for me and can sometimes make me just as anxious as the issue that’s causing my distress in the first place. It’s a bit of a vicious circle!

On to 20 for 2020
This week I focused on my 50mm lens challenge (thing 9). I’m finding this really fun and challenging in a good way. It’s forcing me to look at potential subjects differently to how I otherwise would and to pay a lot more attention to the camera settings and to what I include in the frame than I do when I wander round with my wide-angle lens.

50 in 50 Day 7: Beach tree in the afternoon light

It’s been really interesting so far. It’s made me have to think a lot more about what’s in and what’s out. And get really annoyed when I have to step back further to fit something in and bump into a wall behind me!

50 in 50: One that didn’t make the cut

I’m updating my photoblog with the photos if you want to check them out.

I finally got around to reading what to do with the sprout jar (thing 21) and putting some seeds in it. It’s only taken ten months. More actually, as I got the jar some time in the middle of last year. I found myself confused by the conflicting instructions on the seed packet and the ones that came with the jar. Seriously? That’s what put me off doing it for this long? Just try it and see what happens. If it doesn’t work, the worst outcome would be that I’d lose a few seeds.

It is underway.

What was so hard about that?

What did I achieve this week?
My regular check in: I’m keeping up to date with my street corners project and my weekly photojournal. I even printed a big backlog of collages this week, so I need to make time to cut them to size and stick them in the diary. I ordered next year’s diaries last week so I’m expecting them to arrive well in time for next year’s work.

I also decided to take part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which is a challenge that has been running for more than 20 years, participants set themselves the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. I’ve taken part in this three or four times and have reached the 50,000 word target only once. I wasn’t going to do it this year but there is a story I really want to write (I actually started it last year and didn’t complete it) and I keep putting it off, so this seemed like as good a time as any to pick it up. I decided to be more realistic and set myself a goal of writing 500 words a day or 15,000 words over the month, rather than the full 50,000. I just want to try and get the words flowing and not overwhelm myself when I’m in a very busy time at work and working on the 50mm challenge, which is my top priority for this month. So this is something I want to keep ticking over rather than it being a huge thing.

As of Sunday (day 8), I had 5054 words, so I’m on track.

What didn’t go so well?
It’s now been almost three weeks since I handed in my final uni assignment (thing 8) , which is about the timeframe I should be getting my result in. Sometimes the marks have been sent out in less than two weeks, so this week I found myself constantly checking my email for the message that would tell me my final mark. As a result, I’d get distracted by other emails a lot more than I normally would. Emails are bad!

I’m confident I’ve done enough to pass, but I just want to know for sure! I want the loop to be closed so I can put this behind me once and for all. I know it will come when it comes and I can’t control this, and that checking my email won’t make it come any quicker.

I mentioned Habitica a few weeks ago. It’s a habit tracker app that you can use to gamify your habits and you lose health everytime you do something you’ve set up to be “bad”. One of my habits I want to kick is checking Instagram when I’m supposed to be working, and I noticed a couple of times this week, I picked up my phone and went to that app without even consciously thinking about it, so my cute little avatar took a bit of a health hit this week. I do not want to be doing that automatically. So that’s something else to be working on.

What do I want to do better next week?
Put the phone down!

I went back to my physio this week. I hadn’t been for about six weeks, and I told him how the joint in my neck that has been causing me problems had improved significantly after a week’s break away from the computer. He said it’s because I’d been moving a lot more during the day when I was on holiday, and I’d been changing positions more when I wasn’t sitting down all day, and I needed to get more movement of that joint into my day if I want to see that improvement continue. Or at least not get worse. Looks like something else I need to do better next week

Summary for the week

  • Things completed this week: 0
  • Things completed to date: 12 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20)
  • Things I progressed: 2 (9, 21)
  • Things in progress I didn’t progress: 6 (7, 8, 11, 13, 17, 22)
  • Things not started: 2 (12, 19)
  • Days I worked on my art (Goal = 2): 7
  • Days I read a book (Goal = 7): 7
  • Days I did yoga stretches (Goal = 7): 0
  • Days I shut my computer down before 10.15 (Goal = 7): 7
  • Days I went for a walk in the afternoon (Goal = 7): 7
  • Days I had a lunch break away from my desk (Goal = 5 work days): 5