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๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ข๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ

Updated: Jan 8, 2022

Another year ends with great opportunity and high uncertainty going into next year.

Amid the rises and falls of society, industry, and family, I strive to chart my course for stability and build my own foundation for growth.

My commitments for Personal Optimization come from years of experiments and discovering what works best for me. Hopefully, at least one idea resonates with you too.

๐—ฃ๐—ต๐˜†๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต

๐‘†๐‘™๐‘’๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘€๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ โ€“ Getting less than 7.5 hours a night limits performance and wastes time by working tiredly. I'm better, but not there yet.

๐ธ๐‘ฅ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐ต๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ โ€“ Working up a sweat most mornings helps to wake up and walking daily. Found a pattern that works for me.

๐ธ๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐ป๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘  โ€“ Fasting for 16 hours a few times a week, which I can do if I can grab dinner before 6 pm. Drinking a lot of water and honoring my diet mixed with enjoyment.

๐‘†๐‘ข๐‘๐‘๐‘™๐‘’๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘  โ€“ Questioning my choices with so many different opinions, I'll visit a nutritionist in 2022 to look at my diet holistically.


๐น๐‘œ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘  โ€“ Planning my day the night before and my week on Sundays. Calibrating my limited time to focus on my priorities.

๐ท๐‘’๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘Š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘˜ โ€“ Needing periods to concentrate on projects, I've gotten better at blocking communication and then pushing my own efforts.

๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜š๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ โ€“ Balancing immediate responses (e.g. requests for details) and thoughtful replies (e.g. complex topics or tone). When I'm not sure of my delivery, I draft a response and then sleep on it.

๐‘ˆ๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘๐‘ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘๐‘’ โ€“ Controlling my attention, I've cut many newsletters, blogs, and news sites and review the remaining ones in blocks.

๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต

๐‘€๐‘’๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘’ โ€“ Spending 5-10 minutes most days, I'm still really bad at this, but do enjoy moments of being incredibly present. I also feel more aware during the day and better engaged in conversations and meetings.

๐‘๐‘’๐‘ค๐‘  ๐น๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘ก โ€“ Avoiding the largely negative, polarizing news stories has been a gift. If something is critical, I'll still hear about it and can learn more.

๐‘‚๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘š๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘š ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐บ๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘กโ„Ž โ€“ Remembering this:

โ€œIf you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best, eventually you will... find you are ready for greater challenges.โ€ โ€“ Pat Riley

๐ถ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ ๐ถ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘™ โ€“ Remaining hawkish on my calendar, I block time for family needs and for personal activities (fun and stress-reducing). Time set for long-term projects can shift but cannot be deleted.

๐น๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘”๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘  โ€“ Feeling the pressure of supporting others, I occasionally need to step back and speak to myself as I would a friend. This puts the stress in context and refocuses on what I need right now.


Photo is from Kachemak Bay State Park in Alaska.

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