Jump to content

TheFlyingAccountant: Ground School. Part I.


Recommended Posts

19 minutes ago, Open Fracture said:

Have you ever read Getting Things Done.  It describes an organizational system that you apply to your life.  It would help as your life has changed and requires more organization now than before.  I use the system loosely and it has helped me a lot.  I felt like I had all kinds of things not getting done or that I was forgetting about.  the system helps to organize these things and get everything you need to do into a single system.  

 

GTD is my jam, dude*. I read it back when I was still teaching, and it changed my life. I know people throw the "changed my life" phrase around, but I am dead serious. Nice to see another fan around here! When did you come across it?

 

*In my world, "dude" is gender-neutral term of endearment. Don't know if you're a dude-dude or not a dude-dude...eh, whatevs. you know what I mean.

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

Current flight plan.

Link to post
1 minute ago, theflyingaccountant said:

GTD is my jam, dude. I read it back when I was still teaching, and it changed my life. I know people throw the "changed my life" phrase around, but I am dead serious. Nice to see another fan around here! When did you come across it?

 

Last January.  I need to get more strict, but I do a good job of pushing everything into my "Inbox".  I need to do a weekly review more consistently, but at least i know where everything is. I use the Things app on my iphone to manage everything.  I have a script running in my Outlook that updates things when I put an email into a "Saved for Action" folder.  The script automatically sets a task for the email, which my task are then synced to Things and imported into Things as todos and deleted from my Outlook tasks.  That way I have a single repository for my todos.  I have the email saved in my folder for reference and a task in my inbox to sort.  When i complete the action, I move the email into a reference folder.  

  • Like 1

Open Fracture - Lvl 1 Ranger Class

Challenges:

1st

Link to post

Stronglifts done a while ago. Squats was 155 X 5 X 5. Overhead press was 80 X 5 and some failures along the way (4 reps in one set, 2 in another, and 5 in another).

 

Meanwhile, I'm having a hard time with this challenge. I don't think it's as much that anything is hard. I think it's more just that I'm dealing with lots of screens.

 

Last night, I spent almost my entire day with a screen in my face.

 

Today, aside from an hour and a half spent lifting and about an hour a half of couch / cooking time, I've been in front of a screen. And my eyes and my brain are getting tired of looking at a screen. I'll pop in sometime tomorrow once I come up with a plan for how to address this issue. In the meantime, I'm getting off this damn computer.

  • Like 2

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

Current flight plan.

Link to post

Just finished the school year remote teaching and am so SICK of screens, and yet... here I am, the first week of "summer break" and I am still glued to the loathed screen.  *sighs* 
Cant Look Away Kieran Culkin GIF by SuccessionHBO - Find & Share ...
will check in tomorrow for your plan.  see if I can apply anything :)

  • Like 1

Rock Gnome Assassin

Lvl 28

 

 

Link to post
9 hours ago, mom2sjm said:

Just finished the school year remote teaching and am so SICK of screens, and yet... here I am, the first week of "summer break" and I am still glued to the loathed screen.  *sighs*

 

I used to teach, but I left the classroom a few years before all the COVID stuff went down. I bet these last few months have been weird for you.

  • Like 1

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

Current flight plan.

Link to post

A quick update for the day.

 

1. No alcohol yesterday or today (though the wife did pick up a bottle of wine yesterday that I've been eyeballing).

2. No Stronglifts today.

3. Piano practice is going to consist of all 12 majors and minors at 90 bpm. I'm also going to carve out some time to go through ii-V-I's around the circle of fifths using three-note voicings. That should be an easy fifteen minutes for me.

 

4. And about the recalibration session: I think the best approach is for me to do that in the morning instead of in the evening. My eyeballs aren't so burned out from the screens that it becomes the absolute last thing I want to do, and it gets me ready for the workday. Recalibration will still involve going through my to-do list, updating the finances, and updating NF.

  • Like 2

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

Current flight plan.

Link to post

Day...something or other.

 

Here's the update for the day. Yesterday was a huge piano day for me. Also got a fair bit of studying knocked out. I'm definitely seeing some improvement in my playing now that I'm a lot more fluent in my scales. Actually played around in an Oscar Peterson exercise book that I used to avoid because it took me so long to suss out the exercises. I found the first few exercises to actually be much easier this time around.

 

Still wrestling with what to do about screen fatigue which, as I'm learning, is going to be my new huge trouble spot. That and finding a work-life balance in general.

 

Up until this point, I've been so eager to free up as much of my evening time as possible that I'll just plow relentlessly through my 8 or so hour workday. By the end, my eyeballs are fried from the screens, my brain is exhausted, and I'm not really worth a flip when I'm done. All of the other administrative stuff that I need to do to keep my personal life on track just falls by the wayside.

 

So like it or not, it looks like I'm going to have to either trade some morning time or some evening time so I can give myself space during the day for breaks. Realistically, it'll probably be a little of both. It means I'll be working a little bit later, but it also means that I'll have time (and, just as important, energy) throughout the day for other important stuff like exercise or cooking meals or whatever.

 

In other news, I had about two glasses of wine yesterday, breaking my "no alcohol during the week" rule. I'm not beat up about it. Sometimes, ya just gotta break the rules.

 

Got Stronglifts today. I may work in my lifts earlier in the afternoon. Not sure. We'll see how it goes. I don't like it when I get work calls that interrupt my lifts, so that may have to wait until later in the day anyway.

 

And once I publish this, I'm gonna update the books.

 

Books almost updated. AMEX's website isn't working at the moment.

 

Oh, and Piano goals for the day...All 12 majors and minors, hands together, any tempo, two octaves; And then, for ii-V-I's, gonna go once around the Circle of 5ths backwards. And maybe whatever random stuff I come across in one of my exercise books.

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

Current flight plan.

Link to post

Piano goals destroyed.

 

All 12 majors and minors hands together-Now that's a place I never thought I'd get to a few months ago. Circle of 5th's also destroyed.

 

And books updated.

 

In other news...after much deliberation, I've decided to do away with the Stronglifts.

 

It's not an easy choice for me to make. I love it because it's just such an easy to understand program, and I love the free weights. The problem is that I can't maintain it during the work week. A Stronglifts routine takes me a full hour and a half to get through from start to finish. Considering that I'm expanding my workdays a little bit to accommodate more rests in between, an hour and a half is a sizeable chunk (especially when I'm also using my after-work time for stuff like updating this thing, cooking dinner, cleaning up the house, practicing the piano, etc.).

 

Add to that the fact that, without a clear fitness objective, I'm just doing it just to do it. That's fine, I guess, but without a end in mind, it's hard to motivate myself to shoot for something.

 

So, I'm replacing the Stronglifts goal with two new challenges-1. Identify my fitness goals and 2. Identify a workout program that can be completed in 30 minutes or less.

  • Like 1

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

Current flight plan.

Link to post

Just popping by to keep the NF posts going. Challenge has kind of fallen by the wayside, but I've decided to let that happen. If all else fails, I'll keep posting on here. Haven't been feeling well over the last couple of days, so I'm wondering if my body is telling me I need a break.

 

In other news, the piano stuff is still going strong.

 

Might have happened across some potential ideas for a new workout routine. Stay tuned.

 

In the meantime, I'm layin back down.

  • Like 1

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

Current flight plan.

Link to post

Still in a bit of a mood. Feeling slightly better, but by no means great. So we're gonna triage.

 

What do I need to do to feel like I have accomplished something useful this weekend?

I need to finish that financial analysis reading and do those problems.

 

Everything else will wait. Piano is fine. I'll come up with the workout plan later. I'll clean later. I'll do all that other stuff later. But I'll hit the financial analysis stuff and then see how I'm feeling.

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

Current flight plan.

Link to post

Posting an update. Not really keeping track of the challenge anymore. At least not the first version nor its revised version.

 

That said, there are a couple of things I'm trying to get knocked out at least daily.

 

First, I decided after being in such a low mood and feeling crummy all day on Sunday to just go for a walk on the trail near my house. That picked my mood up instantly. While it's not squatting a hundred-some odd pounds, going out and walking on the trail is something that I can do for thirty minutes, and makes me feel really good when I'm done, so I think this may be my new exercise routine. I actually did it again yesterday. (it helps that it's something I can do with the puppies).

 

Piano practice has been consistent. At the bear minimum, I've done once through all 12 majors and minors and once through the circle of fifth's on ii-V-I changes each day.

 

The to-do tracking is very slowly starting to come together. I started taking the GTD approach (shout out to Open Fracture for reminding me of it) by listing all the stuff I thought I needed to get done for the day and then sorting them in my to-do app.

 

I haven't actually moved the needle on much, but it's a start.

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

Current flight plan.

Link to post
On 6/30/2020 at 8:17 AM, theflyingaccountant said:

First, I decided after being in such a low mood and feeling crummy all day on Sunday to just go for a walk on the trail near my house. That picked my mood up instantly. While it's not squatting a hundred-some odd pounds, going out and walking on the trail is something that I can do for thirty minutes, and makes me feel really good when I'm done, so I think this may be my new exercise routine. I actually did it again yesterday. (it helps that it's something I can do with the puppies).

Such an underrated activity.  The simple joy of a happy pups is so uplifting, too

  • Like 1
Link to post

Just popping in to let y'all know I'm still alive over here.

 

Haven't posted any because I've had a busy last couple of days. Getting swamped with classwork and work work and life work and all that.

 

Aside from the two walks I got in previously, I haven't done any more.

 

Haven't exactly kept to my "no beer except on weekends" regimen, so I need to fix that.

 

Budget has, for the most part, been on track. The end of the month rollforward is always something I procrastinate on because it's a lot more involved than just zeroing out everything between the books and the bank. That's officially done, though.

 

And piano exercises done. Those have pretty much been consistent throughout the week or so, too. For efficiency's sake, I did split the 12 majors and minors into 12 majors on one day and 12 minors on the other.

  • Like 1

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

Current flight plan.

Link to post

Time for a quick reflection before bed.

 

Challenge has not panned out the way I expected. All in all, I'm seeing good things come of it. I think initially, the plan was to just continue the successes of the first challenge.

 

Things did not go that way, but then again, version one was a little half-baked to begin with. Version two was even less-baked than the first. At this point, I'm kind of betwixt versions 2 and 3. I think I'm going to let version 3 just develop naturally, since that's what it seems to be doing.

 

I'm not sure if "successful" is the right word for this challenge. I think it is, but I think enlightening is a better word.

 

Right now, I'm using one repository (ClickUp for anyone who's curious) to track my goals and activities, and it's been the most robust tool I've had thus far. I'm developing a routine around checking it and updating it daily, and because of that I'm not as stressed about all of those things hanging over my head.

 

I'm seeing places where I need better (or at least clearer) goals. Piano is one of those places. Health and fitness is another. Right now, it's all sort of amorphous.

 

For now, though, I'm okay with that. The direction I need to head in will reveal itself when it's ready.

 

I've added a few new daily piano activities-One is just practice over a few boogie patterns for building up my technical and rhythmic chops. Another is something that I'm calling a "Mad Measure" where I pick one measure and just learn the crap out of it.

 

As if something could have the crap learned out of it.

 

I'm also thinking more about what I need. That's a good source of immediate goal insight. What do I need right now? A good night's sleep, that's what.

  • Like 1

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

Current flight plan.

Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

New here? Please check out our Privacy Policy and Community Guidelines