Posted on Wed 12 August 2015

Monthly Review: July 2015

coffee

At the start of each month I do a review in my journal of my goals, habits, and experiments from the past month. In January 2015 I started publishing my monthly reviews on my blog instead of keeping them private. You can see them all in my monthly reviews category.

WHAT DID I COMPLETE THAT I AM PROUD OF IN JULY?

  • Trialled two full-time roles.

WHAT GOALS DID I ATTEMPT IN JULY?

  • Start a new full-time role: YES! I officially joined the team at Ghost as their first content crafter at the end of July.
  • Finish the dashboard in my Exist app: Nope. There's a lot to do still. I did make some progress, and I'm really enjoying having the dashboard available on my phone now. I have a few big things to add, and a lot of small bug fixes and some polishing to do yet.

WHAT 1 HABIT DID I FOCUS ON FOR JULY? (HOW DID THAT GO?)

Getting up early: I was aiming to be up by 8am on 80% of mornings in July. My habit tracking app lost all my data, so I don't know for sure how I went with this. At a guess, I'd say I hit at least 60%. Definitely some room for improvement still, but I'm working on a new morning routine these days to help me stick to a wake-up time of 6am.

WHAT EXPERIMENTS DID I TRY?

  • New morning routine. I've been using an app called Sessions that creates timers for your habits to try out a new routine. When I wake up I read articles in my read later queue for 15 minutes. Then I shower and eat breakfast, and make a coffee to bring back to bed where it's warm. While I drink my coffee I use Sessions to track a 5-minute French practice session and then a 30-minute reading session of my current nonfiction book.

Sessions app

  • New work routine. I'm still figuring out how to fit everything around my full-time role at Ghost. I'm working on Ghost Tue-Sat, which takes away my Saturday coding sessions. So far I've moved coding to Sundays, along with general lounging around and recovering. I've set aside Mondays for the few Exist tasks I still take care of (mostly admin stuff).

MY HOMESCREEN IN JULY

July homescreen

MOST PLAYED MUSIC IN JULY

  • The Mowgli's
  • Adam Jacobs (Aladdin Broadway Cast Recording)
  • American Authors

TIME SPENT CODING

14h 55m

Ouch! Down from almost 47 hours last month.

BOOKS READ

NONE! I got halfway through Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close before giving up on it. I've started a new novel but I'm really struggling to get through much fiction reading lately.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

In the past couple of weeks I've made a habit of reading 30 minutes of my current non-fiction book every day, and I've been listening to another non-fiction audiobook while running, so I'm making a lot more progress on non-fiction reading at least.

I'm going to try using Sessions to time my fiction reading before bed so I hit a minimum of 15 minutes every night.

PLAYS SEEN

  • Swipe Right, The Butterfly Club

MONEY SPENT

~$3,552.07.

Biggest chunks: $1293 for rent, $700 tax repayment, $356 for groceries ($80 of which was a big supply of coffee), $196 on t-shirts.

I always think when I share what I spend money on that it must seem like my wardrobe's overflowing, since the biggest chunks often include clothes shopping. But usually I'm replacing clothes, so I haven't actually accumulated too much in the way of new clothes. When I bought these t-shirts, for instance, I threw away just as many old ones to make room.

Goals for August

I WANT TO COMPLETE:

  • Publish the first of my new blog series about building the iOS app for Exist.
  • Work on Exist for iOS: switch out circle graphs for some that animate, layout sleep and wake times graph, finish adding custom colours for attribute groups.

I WANT TO FOCUS ON THIS 1 HABIT:

  • Exercise. I really want to make exercising a more regular habit, but I need to fit it better into my routine so I don't skip it. I'm going to add exercise into my morning routine every workday, if I can.

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