Whew… I made it through 2019. A bit weary and a lot has changed for me…
I had a health scare with my mother on New Year’s Day 2018 when she suffered a stroke. Thankfully, we had great caretakers who helped with her recovery efforts. Mom isn’t as mobile as she once was but she’s still running around in her social circles.
I’ve had my own health scare but with careful management and coordination with my doctor, I’m able to take care of myself…
It’s interesting how Life throws monkeys wrenches at me. I’ll catch as many of the monkey wrenches as I can and be able to turn into changes for the better.
I never thought I’d see the day that I would return back to paper. I’ve been using my BuJo more heavily this year as my daily driver instead of staying all digital with my task manager and calendar.
I’m incorporating a lot more checklists to take the cognitive load off my mind. If I don’t have it written down, it’ll take up space in my itty-bitty brain until I can capture into my system. Then I don’t have to worry as much. Documentation, documentation, documentation has been the key focus for me. I’m documenting my checklists, my workflows, and tidbits of knowledge. I want to get to a situation where I can go on vacation from the day job and not have to worry. Business will still run smoothly because all the documentation is in place. GTD is difficult enough to try to get it into automatic habit form. Checklists is my gateway towards getting things done.
And last but not least… Collaboration is another keyword for me. It’s a tough road as a remote worker. I can get isolated in my own little world and forget about the other remote workers out there in the same boat as me. Reconnecting and intentionally spending real Face Time with other people helps to strengthen bonds between us all. I’m carving out time to sit down and break bread with others instead of the monthly video calls to check in. I’m going out of my way into the community and volunteering some time and giving back to my neighborhood. I’m getting my voice and face out there. I’m contributing through Discourse forums such as the Effective Remote Work community and elsewhere. I’d like to give something back to a community that has given much to me.
Happy New Year! Hope to see everyone contribute in their own way to the Discourse chat and the Discord water cooler conversations!
Space Cadet signing off in 2019 and preparing launch sequence for 2020!