August 2018 Review
About 3 min reading time
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August felt pretty busy, with a lot of my free time being consumed with various plans, but with summer coming to a close that isn’t surprising. Tia and I went to the Bronx Zoo for the second time in a year and had a wonderful time. We take our time at zoos, and spent I think 6 hours there. I’m sure we’ll go back again before winter.
We also saw an off-broadway musical, /Be More Chill/ (which has an amazing soundtrack). I tend to not really like musicals, but that’s two now I’ve seen with Tia that I really enjoyed so perhaps they’re growing on me.
Earlier in the month we took a trip up to Saratoga Springs to see Harry Potter in concert (a live orchestra performed the soundtrack as we watched the movie) and it was a fantastic trip. Made a few fun stops along the way, and I have to say that part of New York is just gorgeous.
We also went with Tia’s family to the New York Renaissance Faire, which was a lot of fun.
My productivity pulse went up, even though I hit my goal less often and my average productive time dropped. Sounds like my productivity was just more varied throughout August.
- Productivity pulse of 76 (+2)
- Met All Productive Time goal 11/23 days
- Average 5h 3m (-8m) productive time per day
RescueTime Top 5 Categories:
- Communication & Scheduling (32%)
- Software Development (30%)
- Design & Composition (10%)
- Social Networking (8%)
- Business (7%)
No interesting changes here, just a continuation of last month’s trends, mostly - though the correlations are /slightly/ weaker.
- I’m more productive on Tuesdays (18%) and Thursdays (17%)
- I eat more when I’m more productive (13%)
A little extra sleep, a good month for saving, but a little less walking. Pretty good all around.
- Average of 8,562 steps / day (-10.5%)
- Average of 2,218 calories / day (-1.5%)
- Average of 7h 3minutes of sleep / night (+1.1%)
- Average weight of 139.5lbs (+0.3%)
- Average body fat percentage of 11.5% (+0.9%)
- I spent 81.9% of my income
Tuesday seems to be my new favorite day to tweet, and looks like by the end of the week I track coffee a bit more - sounds about right. One note
- I tweet more on Tuesdays (24%) and track “coffee” more on Fridays (23%)
- I consume more calories on Fridays (29%)
- I have more good days when I track “reading” more (15%)
- Finish my passport application
Still didn’t do this, but I must get it done ASAP.
Make an investment in my health
I did okay in this… I was taking the fiber supplement every day for a week or two, but it doesn’t taste good and I fell out of doing it… I need to find a better drink to mix it in. I was using iced tea, but I think I need something stronger tasting to help mask the flavor of the supplement. I also, however, ordered a new pair of running shoes (my current pair are extremely worn), and plan to start running in the morning. It took over a week for the shoes to arrive after I ordered them so we’re halfway through September and I /just/ received them so I’ll be getting to it a bit late, but better late than never.
- Do the exercises in my planner
I also still didn’t do this… At this point I think I’m just going to consider my experiment to use a physical planner failed. It obviously doesn’t work for me, as much as I like the idea of it.
- Finish my passport application
I’ve set a daily reminder on my phone for this.
- Get my eyes checked
I’ve noticed over the past couple months my eyes just feel increasingly tired at the end of the day. I haven’t had my eyes checked in a couple years, and I think it’s time for new glasses.
- Start running
Now that summer is almost behind us, it’s no longer crazy hot outside. I’d like to start going for a run in the morning before work a couple times a week. I sleep in pretty late now (7:45), so my plan is to start waking up earlier and go for a 15-20 minute run a couple times a week. I made this decision a little too late to have good shoes, but they’ve finally arrived so I can pick this up in the second half of September.
- Read another book
I read a book for the first time in a while and tore through it pretty quickly, actually. Only took about a 10 nights of reading right before going to sleep to finish one. I have more books in the series I’ve been reading so I’d like to just keep going with it.