Time Keeping 2017: Aug & Sep Review
This is my review of August and September 2017 for my Time Keeping Project. My original plan was to do it every 2 months but, moving forward, I will switch to monthly reviews to make things easier and more regular.
This is only the second review I've done so I am still discovering what works. If you ever have any criticism - small, big, negative, whatever - I am totally open to it!
Here is an Introduction to my Time Keeping Project if you'd like to know how it works.
The Pie Chart of my Life (Aug & Sep)
Where it all begins. The bright and beautiful pie chart of my life.
What were the Highlights?
Website - Started writing one website post per week, and sharing on my Facebook
Productivity - Started weekly "Laptop Sessions" to get work done with friends
Physiotherapy - Started physiotherapy for my back injury, which gave me a structured healing process
Parkour - Started doing 3 sessions per week
Roadtrip to Salamander Bay - Reminded me how fun and beautiful roadtrips are
Roadtrip to Canberra for a national parkour meetup - An entire weekend of meeting new people, training, hanging out, exploring buildings/rooftops, games, etc.
How was my productivity?
ProductivITY: Not good but Getting better
Goal: All weeks where amount of time spent on Productive Activities > Chill Activities. AKA on the below graph, more blue than red, ideally all blue and no red.
Previously (Jun & Jul): 2 out of 9 weeks where Productive > Chill
Currently (Aug & Sep): 5 out of 9 weeks where Productive > Chill
Productive Activities - e.g. Website, Job-related, Exercise, Learning, etc.
Chill Activities - e.g. Socialising, Music/Reflecting, Entertainment, Internet, etc.
- Productivity for Aug & Sep was definitely better than Jun & Jul
- Productive Activities has been steadily increasing and, for the most part, stays above 25% of all my time
- However, starting Tinder was a MAJOR distraction and resulted in more time spent on socialising and going out.
Learnings: After the review I did for June & July, I started creating graphs and trackers of my productivity. I recently created a daily productivity tracker, which has really helped me keep visual oversight of it each day. The colours help.
Outcome of AuG & Sep GoalS
Parkour Goal: ACHIEVED
Goal: Minimum 5.5 hours / week
Aug: 3.5 hours / week (back still injured)
Sep: 9.2 hours / week (back getting better)
Learning: Having friends who are very into Parkour as well helps a lot.
Website Goal: Not ACHIEVED
Goal: One post per week, on time
Aug: 80% of weeks posted on time
Sep: 50% of weeks posted on time
Reflections: As I spent more time/days on parkour, the time spent on website decreased. This resulted in late and/or lower quality posts in September.
Learning: Quality posts require dedicated time.
Job-Search Goal: Not ACHIEVED
Goal: Get a job
Currently (Aug & Sep): Do not have a job
Reflections: As I spent more time/days on parkour, the time spent on job-search decreased. Additionally, goal of "get a job" was not tangible or detailed enough.
Learning: I need to set more concrete milestones.
Sleep Goal: ACHIEVED
Goal: 8.5 hours per day
Aug: 8.7 hours per day
Sep: 8.3 hours per day
Reflections: Whoo! Awesome work, girl, gradually pulling it down!
Learning: You sleep less when you have things planned / structure.
Upcoming October Goals
Job-Search Goal: 9 hours per week
Goal: 9 hours per week, resulting in at least 3 applications per week, leading to ideally 1 interview per week
KPIs: Hours per week, Applications per week, Interviews per application
- Create a quota tracker on the Time Keeping Dashboard to measure that you're reaching 9 hours per week
Website Goal: 9 hours per week
Goal: 9 hours per week, resulting in at least one high-quality post per week, on time.
KPIs: Hours per week, High quality/Low quality, Posted on Time
- Introduce a Website Strategy session at the start of each month where you create a content calendar outlining what posts to write for the upcoming month. This will help to keep things big picture so that you don't end up doing it week-by-week where you risk lacking ideas/motivation when the time comes.
- Organise Laptop Sessions with friends
- Yoga everyday
- Go for a drive at least twice a week
- Sleep: 8 - 8.5 hours per day
- Parkour: 9 hours per week