April marks the slow descent into Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Like everywhere else in the world, we are still in lockdown. I am working from home, which is not too bad.
I was able to stick to many of my habits quite successfully in April, especially in comparison to March:
I think I am really starting to establish a habit around daily touch typing practice and keeping my emails in check, which is heartening after working on this for several months.
Here my thoughts on my individual habits:
- Exercise and Stretching: In April I tried a new exercise regime that involves bodyweight exercises targeting specific muscle groups. It actually took a surprising amount of effort to create a list of exercises. Each workout only contains three to four exercises. The idea is that I can do these quickly and regularly. I think this really helped me to do exercises more often. My only concern at the moment is how I best combine this with going running, which I think is critical for cardiovascular health but which unfortunately tends to make me stiff and sore (old man!) and thus discourages me from doing the other exercises.
- Meditation: I used a new app to help me with meditating: Insight Timer. I think I was more successful in meditating regularily than in previous months but there is still some way to go.
- Touch Typing: I did this quite regularly but felt I was plateauing in my efforts. For the next months, I will try to mix things up by doing different exercises.
- Email: I managed to keep my personal email inbox organised and clean.
- Upright Go: I did not use Upright Go all that often. I think I still need to convince myself more of the value of doing this in order to have more motivation for this.
- Writing: I started tracking all the days on which I do some writing, editing or organising of thoughts. I don’t know yet if I want to make this a habit as in a regular part of every day but I wanted to start by tracking how often I do this. I think writing is a great thing to do regularly since it clarifies thought and helps us to see things as our best self.
I am also still continuing to sort quotes I have collected from reading books. In April, I also had an issue with my local NAS setup, specifically bad sectors on one of my hard drives that I am still in the process of resolving. Further to my move to embracing organising things in Notion, I have also started to organise my random business ideas from the past decade into a nicely organised table. Much to my amusement, I must admit that many of my ideas have been pretty bad ones.