My goals for 2018 – progress report 1

Wow, it’s already the end of March! That means it’s time for a progress report of the goals I set myself for this quarter (writing and everything else).

Writing

First things first, I failed to submit the paper I wanted to submit. But the plan I made for myself of writing for 1 hour every day is really helpful, so I am getting close, and that still feels like a win.

Next to the submitting, there are other improvements I’d like to work on. My writing sessions are not as structured as I imagined, i.e. I often can not quantify how much I have done. I know people often use word counts, but it doesn’t feel logical to me because part of the “writing” I am doing, is reading papers. I do write brief notes about each paper, but it doesn’t feel the same as writing in the final document.

I also did not report my progress more often on the blog, as I wanted to. Judging by the amount of views and exactly zero comments, I don’t think this is something people want to read about. Give me a shout if I’m wrong 🙂

Blogging

I am still blogging every week, even though it’s hard! I wouldn’t say the reason it’s hard is the lack of time or ideas, but it can take a lot of energy, which is a scarce resource these days. I have been able to batch posts a few times, but mostly I’m writing in “maintenance mode”. So, for next quarter, batching is the thing to work on.

I also wanted to see if I could earn EUR 25 from the blog, to cover its costs. If you believe Pinterest, people are earning thousands with their blogs, so I thought EUR 25 should be reasonable. I have abandoned AdSense again because earning 1 cent a day is not very motivating. On the other hand, I did get my first Amazon gift card of $17, by recommending only products I have bought and used myself. As I said, this is not a priority, but an interesting area for me to investigate.

Exercise & Mental Health

Still keeping up my running habit, so that’s a win! I actually have running as a todo list item in Todoist now (as opposed to just Habitica), which could be helping. I now signed up for two 10K races in May. One of them is an “urban trail run” and goes through several buildings, so it’s more of a sightseeing activity, but I hope to get a good time on the other race.

I have been slacking off on some other healthy habits. I can feel guilty about this, but on the other hand, it feels like there is a bit more space in my brain now, and maybe that’s the healthiest thing I can do right now.

 

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