February Progress Report for my 2016 Goals:
February was a quick and successful month, though I could feel the momentum slowing a bit in the last week. It didn’t help that I came down with a pretty nasty flu this past week as well, so admittedly writing this blog post was the last thing I felt like doing. Motivation is undoubtedly one of the most crucial parts to any goal, so I know that now more than ever I need to dig in and reignite the flame. Sharing my progress with you will help ensure I evaluate my current status and where I may be experiencing weaknesses before they develop into real problems.
Sleep – 100%. I have again achieved my sleep goal for the month. I am also starting to think that my sweet spot may be 7.5 hours of sleep averagely. Moving forward into March I am going to adjust my goal to achieve that average, while also more closely observing how much sleep is too much. Do you know what your ideal amount of sleep is?
A note on caffeine: I am currently sitting at 57 days free of caffeine. I find this particular addiction to be interesting, because of all of my vices it seems to be the one that keeps the tightest hold. Still after 57 days I find caffeine crosses my mind on a daily basis. Nothing else, not mac n cheese, nor alcohol has had the same effect. Caffeine seems to be a tougher habit to break for me. Alas, I’ll have to hold off for a bit longer. At least until I know I am the one in control rather than the substance. Only then will I consider reintroducing green tea for the health benefits. What is your most persistent vice?
Time Management – 100%. It has been another successful month of managing time. Again I am most excited about my track record for punctuality, as there was only one day that I arrived a few minutes late. Though, as I mentioned above, things seemed to slip a bit in the last week. I’ve started to feel as though I’m cutting things too close for comfort, so hopefully this check-in will reinspire me to arrive consistently early again.
Architectural Internship – 100%. Up until now the majority of my work experience has been in the first half of projects, or the development permit phase. I am excited to share that I have been given the opportunity to follow two great projects into latter phases within the next few weeks. These projects will open doors to experiences I have not yet had. Icing on the cake – they’ll contribute hours to my internship that, until this point, have been rather rare.
Blogging – 95%. It has been an incredible month for blogging! I managed to keep up with my goal of at least one blog post per week, including four more featured sketches (sketch 003, sketch 004, sketch 005, sketch 006). On top of that, I had the pleasure of attending the 2016 University of Calgary Environmental Design Networking Event, where I met many students of design who have inspired a whole new series of blog posts. For the entire month of February, I was only 31 unique visitors shy of my goalof 500 for the month. The final stats came in at 469 unique visitors and 1505 total views! So, I wanted to extend a big thank you to everyone that has been following along on my design journey thus far!
Personal Development – 75%. There is yet again room for improvement in the personal development category. I continued to journal, but not as consistently as I would have liked. I also didn’t read nearly as much as I should have. I will clearly have to give this category some special attention for the month of March, so hopefully I can show improvement at the next review. How has your personal development been coming along? Any books you recommend I check out?
A note on alcohol: I am excited to report that I made it 75 days, or nearly 11 weeks, without consuming any alcohol. It was a much needed cleanse and I’ve come away from the experience feeling like I can more carefully choose the occasions I decide to drink. I’d like to keep alcohol as something to be enjoyed sparingly and consciously, rather than unconsciouly and often.
I chose to enjoy my first beverage in 11 weeks in the mountain town of Canmore in the form of a craft beer sampler. It was well worth the wait!