Archive for January, 2017

My Running Habit

I’ve successfully ran at least 1 mile for the past 8 days. I even moved the habit into the morning to account for busy evenings. It’s a great starting point to my day, gets the blood moving and removes a lot of the “dontwantto” from my head. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to keep it up.

I have noticed that the running has gotten easier. I have to run a bit longer and a bit faster to get the same huffing and puffing exhaustion from running. Of course, only a mile isn’t very far and 6.0 mph isn’t very fast, but I had to start somewhere. Read On…

Confronting the Urge

As a relatively new dad of a toddler, I have the urge to yell a lot. It’s something I’m trying to work on, because I don’t think yelling is useful. I also have the urge to respond in a argumentative way during conversations with friends or family, especially when I disagree with their message.

The problem is that, just like procrastination, the fulfilling the urge to yell or argue feels good in the moment, but it does nothing good in the long term. It’s detrimental in the long term, but it’s so hard to think that way in the moment.

I’m trying to slow down, reserve my thoughts and resist the urge to react in moments like those.

Orienteering

During our snowmobile ride this weekend, going through the woods made me want to explore and find my way though it. Orienteering is something I’ve heard about but never tried. I’d like to try it. 

It seems like a combination of survivalism and hiking and maybe camping. Seems fun.

Crying in the Car

Nothing seems as unnerving as driving a long distance while a child screams at the top of their lungs for no apparent reason. This happened during our trip up north. It was not fun. But I managed to avoid losing my mind because of the gratitude book I’m reading. It really helps!

I was imagining thinking back to this point from far in the future, wishing my kids were still little, curious and innocent. I imagined what the possible frustration might be and how much more frustrating it must be to not be able to clearly express it to others.

It felt good to have a way to cope with that. We stopped at a gas station for snacks and a chance to reset. It worked and the rest of the trip was much better.

Flip the Gratitude Switch

I’m reading a book by Kevin Clayson about gratitude. It’s really cool because it is not the regular Gratitude advice. It’s more practical and it works.

His key shift is to not just be grateful for things that are already good, but to be grateful for things that you find frustrating throughout your day. This makes it so you reframe everything that might make you mad into something that brings you joy.  Read On…

Ship It

Seth Godin has been a major influence in my life. One of the things that sticks with me from one of his books is the idea of “shipping”, that it’s a skill that must be practiced and honed.

Shipping means to get something out there, to get off dead-center and put something on paper. Anything. Once it’s on paper, what’s the minimum viable product you can live with. Get to that point. Is it ready or close enough? Can we revise and tweak later? Okay, ship it.

Shipping is the art of not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, combined with the art of taking action. If you get good at shipping, you can dominate any area of your life.

For some people, the problem is taking action. They would much rather sit and research an issue to death instead of taking action. When you research, you are safe. You can’t fail if you are still “preparing”. Once you ship, you are vulnerable to critique. Read On…

Daily Learnings

I read books and articles often and I fear that the best quotes and clips from them just slip right through my fingers. I want to also start doing book reviews, but that’s another topic. I needed a place to collect quotes, tips and anything else that was distilled down to 1 or 2 lines.

I set up a Google Form that asks,

What did you learn or would like to remember?

I set up this form to be a bookmark on my Chrome browser bookmarks bar, so it’s always available. I also made it a widget shortcut on my phone’s home screen, so I can grab it from there too. The key here is to make it very, very easy to record things, otherwise I won’t do it.

I started doing this on January 3 and I’ve collected 46 things. Here they are: Read On…

Hangry

Sully wakes up sometimes at night with different requests or problems that I’m usually able to solve easily. But last night – I completely whiffed on what he wanted.

We spent about 2 hours going back and forth about what the problem was. I changed his diaper, laid with him on the couch, and asked what he wanted. He could only cry. I was upset because he was upset. Read On…

Running 7 Days in a Row

I set a challenge for myself to run at least 1 mile everyday for a week. I have succeeded for 2 days so far, but those were easy, since these were weekend days. Let’s see if I can keep it up for the next 5 days and what, if anything, I learn from this experiment.

Simple Pleasures

My parents came over to watch kids while Jess and I ran errands and looked at a house with our realtor. It has been a long time since we did that together and without kids. 

We got coffee, drove around and got lunch to go at a new veg place. It was awesome. We need to plan more frequent times where we have time together during the day.