Week 2 — in Retrospect

  • Consulting w/ peers on Telegram. The community is helpful and has saved me time.
  • Accountability. I share my time-tracking spreadsheet with someone close to me.
  • Managing my psychology. This undertaking has become daunting over the past week. School’s begun, and it won’t be easy; the course will now involve more debugging (NOT a fun prospect); and I better appreciate what it will demand over the coming months. I’ve countered this by instituting psychological guardrails: association, variable rewards, measurement, affirmations, managing inputs.
  • Focus and intensity: yes, that old chestnut — tough nut to crack. I’m not paying attention to my energy levels, so I will do that and see how it impacts my focus.
  • Pure volume: while I spent 22.5 hours on course activities (including 30 mins of blogging) last week, this number is at risk of dropping off a cliff as school ramps up (this number was buttressed by time spent at the start of the week, before school had started). I aim to spend 2.5 hrs/day (17.5/week) on the course. The best approach will be to wake up early and get it done before the day starts.
  • Optimism: this has recently seemed like more of an onerous obligation than a chance for me to self-actualize. I think this is a normal fluctuation, though.
  • Monitoring energy: see above.
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  • Deadline: after being reminded of the importance of deadlines recently, my deadline for finishing this course is Saturday, the second of January, 2021. I have 8 modules left in the course, and 16 weeks to complete it, giving me a healthy(?) two weeks per module.
  • Energy. I will figure out a system for observing how my energy levels respond to certain inputs/food/experiences, and then I’ll use these observations to improve my energy.

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