When work overrides everything else…

Phew. That’s all I can say when looking back the previous month. How easy it is to forget all those nice aims when work becomes super hectic and steals all your spare time? I have now had over one month pause from this blog – which also increases the barrier to get back even further. Today I had though finally time to sit down and open my laptop for some other reason than work related. During last weeks opening the laptop in the evening has meant continuing the work.  Or then I have been so sick and tired of sitting by the computer that I have avoided opening it for any other reason. Today I anyway decided that it’s time to get back and update what has happened during past week and update also myself where I am in my journey.

Work & business

I got back to work in August and first couple of weeks went fast by getting back on track with all on-going projects. At the same time there was though an organization change being prepared which I knew would impact also myself – but still not knowing exactly how. After the changes got official – it has been full speed ahead ever since! I have been continuing my old work “business as usual” but in parallel with that I have been also trying to get in to my new extended role & responsibilities. So extra working hours have been accumulating “nicely” during these weeks : )

On some level this have been a positive problem as new things also makes life more interesting and thus the hours have ben partially accumulating without noticing it. Though one definitely notices it during evening and weekends when feeling like being hit by a truck. I’m not going to go any more into details in this post – but I’m planning to get back to the topic with better time sooner or later. As I have came to a conclusion that I want to start also writing more about business & work in my blog. In my case at least these two walk closely hand-in-hand and impact each others both in good and bad. In addition I personally like to read other people’s posts related to their work as I think they offer nice inspiration or support – depending on the topic.

Work & business
Work & business
Work & business

 

What about then my 365-day project? Good news is that two out of my three targets have been surviving through this hectic period. I have been both running and practicing yoga based on my targets. I haven’t been able to achieve all my third sprint targets – but some of them. Which reminds me that I really need to do an update on where I am and what should I focus on in September a.k.a sprint #4. During September I have mostly focused on increasing time and not intensity as haven’t had the energy to do high intensity training. But I really feel that this blog has helped me to keep up my motivation to exercise. Even though I haven’t been updating anything here in long time, I have still felt accountable to live up to the promises and plans made! So – missing accomplished with setting up the blog ; )

…but not to start bragging too much, let’s move to an update around my third target “increasing my wellbeing”. Well… this one has been put brutally on-hold. And not only that, but I feel that some of my bad habits have gotten even worse. Except drinking water – that I have managed to maintain on target level! So this third target area is something I need to focus a lot more when going forward in order to get myself back on track. I need to really think why this value is on lowest priority compared to my other values as this has also very concrete consequences by making me feel very tired and low on energy.

So, this time a bit different post after a long pause! I hope to get gradually back to my normal routines and to this blog and thus be able to continue chasing my 3 objectives instead of moving away from them! In parallel I will bring in also work & business related content as I strongly feel it’s a huge part of persons wellbeing. If work is rough it will impact your energy & motivation levels also on spare time and naturally vice versa. So hope to talk to you again soon(ish) : )

My plan for the first period: how am I going to achieve my first sub-targets?

Hello, hello! Today I’m going to continue with more detailed planning in order get started with my journey for real instead of just speculating it. Well prepared is half done – right? ; )

So, now it’s time to create a detailed plan for the first 3 months which is the duration of the first period. Similar planning will be done in the beginning of each period. This might sound over complexifying the process, but at least it work at work, so why not also in personal life? As I have wrote before, this helps making the to-do list more concrete and avoid stress related to the topic as you can allow yourself to focus only on limited topics at the time and leave the rest out of your mind as they will be something you will focus later on in the upcoming periods. I’m looking forward to test how this works and whether I will need to modify it one way or the other to suit personal life needs : )

What I need to now do:

  1. Choose which sub-targets I will focus on in this period (this I have done already in the previous post)
  2. Plan, how I’m going to demo that I have achieved these targets (e.g. is it a photo before / after situation, is it a certificate of some sports event, it is some average calculation of hours spent on sleeping, specific sports etc.).
  3. Divide each of your target to stories / tasks which are achievable during 4 week sprint. Thus you know what you need to do in practice to achieve the target.
  4. Schedule all these tasks to the 3 sprints so you know which task you will focus in each sprint.
  5. When doing the scheduling, remember to consider potential conflicts between different tasks. E.g. it’s not smart to choose several similar tasks to one sprint, as an example if all your stories require some reading / research it might get a bit boring sprint if all you do is read, read and read and you might not even be able to read 10 different books in one sprint. Thus it’s better to make sure that what ever you schedule for the sprint, you are also able to finish and get thus direct benefit out of it. So instead of aiming to read introductions of 10 different book, rather choose one book that you can read properly with time.
  6. After each sprint you must demo which tasks you have been able to complete and plan / revise the content for the next sprint. This means that the original plan will be updated during the journey and that it will be natural part of the process. This is also the reason why one period has several sprints, because it secures that there are enough check-points to keep the plan systematically relevant and up-to-date.

Based on the above points I have built myself a plan for the on-going sprint. Even though I have talked a lot tat prioritization is important and it’s a mistake to try to cover too many changes at the same time, I noticed once again that it’s harder done than said while building my own plan. Temptation was huge to choose much more targets and tasks to this period as everything seems to interesting in the beginning. But I tried to control myself and only choose realistic amount of topics to cover during this period.

Below you see the end results of my period-plan. I’m going to print it on my door in order to keep it clear in my mind during the next 3 months. I’m also going to do my sprint demo here in the blog after every sprint and share with you what I managed to cover, what I need to postpone to next sprint and analyze the sprint learnings in general.