DAY # - 26 through 34 (March 16th) Time I woke up: 0830 Time I went to sleep yesterday: 0030 Exercise: Been staying steady with karate, practicing Kata quite a bit. Mental task: A lot of kata, a lot of reading. Projects: General honey-dos, yard work, etc etc. Miscellaneous accomplishments: Completed my yearly goal for work.Karate.Getting ready for Spring.Work work work work.Summary of Day: After more than a week away, I thought it best to update my journal. No, I haven't relapsed or anything, I've merely been extremely busy. I'm no longer on paternity leave and combining getting caught up with a month of work and other work-related tasks which were pouring in, I found myself very very busy. I've hardly even been on my computer, too busy with other things. My work schedule also changed which has taken me some time to get used to. I've gone through a few moments when I longed for gaming but it quickly passed. Honestly, I was just intending on checking Game Quitters really quickly before heading to work again when I noticed Simms' above comment. It made me feel updating my journal important, even if I can't get to it as often as before. That's part of what this is all about, correct? Getting away from the computer and finding yourself busy through other, more important means. Guess it's working. Actually, I know it's working, and I'm grateful. I've also regretfully failed to check in with my accountability partner during this whole time. So, after this journal entry, it's the first thing I'm going to do. Sorry partner, I hope you're doing well. What I am grateful for today: ~ Simms' push. ~ Being busy. ~ Seeing Cam's program work within myself.
Prevent burnout: Everyone goes through a burnout now and then. If you don't, you don't have a real job. Sorry, but truth hurts. Pushing too hard: You should push yourself too hard, it shows you your limits and then hopefully you raise those limits and then look back later and laugh at your previous, weaker self. Oncoming burnout: Plan. Have something planned and in the works. Vacation, working out, hanging with friends, exercise. Me, I fish.
Time I woke up: 0730 Time I went to sleep yesterday: 2330 Exercise: Yard work 1hr. Mental task: Kata, reading. Projects: Worked on camper. Miscellaneous accomplishments: Ran errands.Replaced porch light on camper.Filled up a couple propane tanks.Cleaned limbs out of back yard.Summary of Day: Very windy today, hard to get much done outside. I did pick up some large limbs which broke off the neighbour's trees and fell in to my back yard. I then read a couple books to my middle boy and ran some errands with him. Stopped by the hardware store and bought some gear for the camper, including a new porch light which I began working on yesterday. Installed the new porch light with new led lights I also purchased. Incidentally the two led lights were more expensive than the porch light itself, in fact twice as expensive. Also filled up a couple propane tanks to start getting ready for camping season, can't wait. Read quite a bit today, only thought of gaming now and then. It's a good thing I uninstalled all games and gaming software b/c the temptation would be much greater. What I am grateful for today: ~ Upcoming camping season. ~ My new porch light install went well. ~ Fun days with the kids.
Time I woke up: 1200 Time I went to sleep yesterday: 0500 Exercise: 3 hrs of yard work. Mental task: Reading. Projects: Yard work. Miscellaneous accomplishments: Raked front lawn.Worked on camper.Cleaned front walk-way. Summary of Day: Got up and took the kids outside so the wife and baby could take a nap. Ended up doing a bunch of yard work, spring is starting to show. Also worked on the camper for a while; mainly removed a broken porch light and prepared the surface for the install of a new one tomorrow. I've definitely been more productive since I began this journey. Sometimes it's because I want to be, other times it's because I have to be. All-in-all, I'm valuing the benefits of leaving the gaming behind. What I am grateful for today: ~ Nice days to work outside. ~ The oncoming of spring. ~ Accomplished physical tasks.
Work. Summary of Day #: Spent most of my work day playing catch up and completing reports. Got a lot accomplished and am nearly caught up. Practiced my kata a bit as well. I find practicing my kata really helps my concentration and gives me focus. During the work week I really don't have time for much else. I haven't touched coding in days. Hopefully I can get back in to it soon.
Today was a memorable day, both good and scary. My partner and I did very well at annual certifications today; enough so to be proud. Near the end of certs I get a VM from the wife stating our daughter (6 years old today) possibly had a seizure at kindergarten and was on her way to the ER. Yea, scary stuff. The Doc believes it's nothing to worry about at this time unless she suffers additional episodes. For those who are willing, prayers her (Isabelle's) way, would be gratefully appreciated.
DAY # - 20 Time I woke up: 0700 Time I went to sleep yesterday: 2300 Exercise: 1 hr kata practice. Mental task: Read. Projects: Training. Miscellaneous accomplishments: Chores.Training.Kata.Summary of Day #: Woke up intending to have a busy day of training to prepare for tomorrow's annual certifications. However, ended up spending the day at home with my eldest son whom was sick. I did get a couple of hours of training in during the evening. Watched a movie with the family. What I am grateful for today: ~ My wife. ~ My kids. ~ My faith. ~ Karate. 10-8 at my 42.
DAY # - 19 Time I woke up: 0530 Time I went to sleep yesterday: 2300 Exercise: 1/2 hr run, 3/4 hr karate class. Mental task: Began learning a new kata. Projects: Errands. Miscellaneous accomplishments: Finished getting computer squared away.Fixed crack in bathroom door.Attended daughter's mini concert at her school.Went for a run.Karate class.Summary of Day #: Woke up to a computer which worked, so that was a plus. Got the kids off to school then sat down and did a little computer work. Ran out and got my hair cut, I was at the "either cut it or braid it" phase. Ran a bunch more errands. Smacked my hand hard against the bathroom door this morning, causing a crack. So, I learned how to fix a cracked, hollow-core door. Went to watch my daughter sing at a mini-concert put on by her school. It was a lot of fun watching her, and she loves the attention. Ran to my karate class tonight, and ran home, sucked both ways but I need the exercise. Karate class was pretty good, began working on my first kata. I feel extremely uncoordinated and clumsy in karate. It is definitely a lesson for the body and mind. It humbles you but makes you feel powerful all at the same time. What I am grateful for today: ~ My wife, I really am lucky to have her. ~ Watching my son in karate. ~ Watching my daughter sing. ~ Karate. 10-8 at my 42.
DAY # - 18 Time I woke up: 0730 Time I went to sleep yesterday: 2300 Exercise: notta Mental task: Exercised self control during computer issues. Projects: Computer issues. Miscellaneous accomplishments: Reinstalled Windows 10.Read a book, "Old Man and The Sea".Summary of Day #: Woke up this morning to find my computer stuck in the Windows 10 log-in loop from hell. Found out this is a somewhat common and very frustrating problem with Windows 10 (why did I 'upgrade' from Windows 7?). Spent nearly the entire day figuring out how to fix the problem. Ended up reinstalling Windows 10, then spent a bunch more time reinstalling lost programs. For some reason during this reinstall I lost a bunch of software. Now I'm afraid to turn the computer off or restart it. If it occurs again, I'm going back to Windows 7. Had a few urges to play some computer games but distracted myself with other things. Read "Old Man and The Sea"; it's been years since I've read it. It's a great quick read and well worth it. Didn't get much else done today. What I am grateful for today: ~ My wife. ~ My faith. ~ My kids. ~ Having Windows 7 as a plan B. 10-8 at my 42.
DAY # - 17 Time I woke up: 1130 Time I went to sleep yesterday: 0630 Exercise: notta Mental task: notta Projects: Work. Miscellaneous accomplishments: Pretty much a zombie day.Summary of Day #: Got home and tried sleeping in the camper but found out I had no propane. Seeing as how it was only 20 degrees out, it was a bit chilly. Could only handle 1 1/2 hours in the camper then came inside. Tried to stay awake but that wasn't happening. Crawled in bed around 0830 and slept until 1130. Got up to watch the kids while the wife took a nap because she had a rough night with the new little guy. Coffee is my new best friend. What I am grateful for today: ~ My wife. ~ My faith. ~ My kids. ~ Coffee. 10-8 at my 42.
DAY # - 16 Time I woke up: 0430 Time I went to sleep yesterday: 1130 Exercise: notta Mental task: notta Projects: Work. Miscellaneous accomplishments: Began transition to sleeping during the day.Took the three big kids out.Worked on some coding.Went to work.Summary of Day #: Woke up and jumped right in to doing something with my three oldest. Took them to McDonald's to burn off some energy while I happily watched my 18 month old follow around my two older kids in the 'big kids' section of the play place. Worked on a little coding then went to work. Work was good, got caught up on a lot of areas. I should be back on top of things within a day or two. Taking a month off definitely presents challenges when you return. Upgrading to Windows 10 caused a bunch of games to pop up in the start menu. Found myself missing minecraft but just deleted the app and moved on. The wife has begun asking me about my Game Quitters journey every couple days or so. It's nice she's given it importance. Oh yea, I purchased the 90 day challenge video series to support Cam and the site. Figured it was the least I could do seeing as how I'm obviously taking advantage of the forum. What I am grateful for today: ~ My wife. ~ My faith. ~ Hanging with my kids. 10-8 at my 42.
DAY # - 15 Time I woke up: 1100 Time I went to sleep yesterday: 0400 Exercise: notta Mental task: notta Projects: Work. Miscellaneous accomplishments: First day back on night shift.Worked on some coding.Upgraded to Windows 10. [Link]Summary of Day #: Slept in, kind-of, I'm working nights so I go to bed early morning and get up around noon. Internet was down, a local construction company cut through the internet lines by mistake. Hung out with the family for the afternoon. Decided to finally upgrade to Windows 10; I've been holding out. Found out I waited too long and now have to pay for it. Or do I? Negative ghost-rider, there's still a legitimate and fully legal free upgrade available. See my link above within my 'Miscellaneous accomplishments' section. You're welcome. Upgraded and thought I lost all my Chrome bookmarks, later found out I was logged in under my wife's Window's log-in. Once I re-logged in under myself, everything was copacetic. So far, so good, no real opinion yet of Windows 10. Visited with a friend during work for a while, good to see him. Not a bad day at all. What I am grateful for today: ~ My children. ~ My wife. ~ My faith. ~ Friend visits. 10-8 at my 42.
DAY # - 14 Time I woke up: 0500 Time I went to sleep yesterday: 2300 Exercise: notta Mental task: notta Projects: Work. Miscellaneous accomplishments: First day back to real work, no training today.Played catch-up at work, gained some ground.Had health evaluation today.Summary of Day #: Woke up early and went to work. Checked in at the office to find my computer hadn't returned yet. Played catch-up today, got quite a bit done. Found out I'll be working nights, starting tonight. Went home at noon and hung out with the family for the afternoon. Returned to work to find my laptop was back and all files had been recovered off my crashed hard drive. Very relieved. My health eval went great, turns out I'm healthy as an ox. Overall, not a bad day. What I am grateful for today: ~ My children. ~ My wife. ~ My faith. ~ A great IT team at work who saved my A double S. 10-8 at my 42.