Back in New Jersey. It took a little while for me to adjust. Back to family, and home, and distractions. Even when distractions are good, they’re still distractions. So I need to schedule blocks of time when distractions are okay, and blocks of time when they aren’t.
Today, I carved out the after-dinner period for coding. I made progress on my flashcard app, building on what I learned last week at AltConf and from my Thinkful mentor. I worked for a solid four hours.
A funny thing is that’s not good enough. I just typed, “I worked for a solid 12 hours,” and felt really great about it until I realized:
IT WASN’T TRUE.
I typed what I wanted the truth to be.
Tomorrow, I blocked out the entire day for working.
My major goals for this week are to: Make significant progress on my flashcard app, including entering back-end data; read at least 200 pages of the NASM book; and work through at least 200 pages of the Swift book, highlighting important points and follow-up questions.
I do have peripheral goals, but if I went into each week with all of them competing for space in my head, I’d set myself up for failure. With three major goals, I aim to accomplish all of them. And when inevitable procrastination strikes, I take it as an opportunity to tackle some peripheral goals.
I also have overarching goals, which can’t be accomplished within a week. Those are the big life things, like health and wellness, long-term career development, and purpose.
I don’t count them, because counting them is not important.
I sleep on them. I dream with them. I move toward them, step by step, goal by goal.