1- I love my new position. My new residents are starting (orientation!) and it’s an exciting but very busy time. And my transition from APD to PD definitely feels like a new job, too. I am both overwhelmed and energized by it all. I also am sensing I will need to come up with even stricter strategies to protect focused time (where I can actually get #!$* done, or focus on the kids in the evenings, etc). The rate of work emails / texts / requests / questions I am receiving has probably doubled in the last month. This is all part of my new role, but I definitely need to refine my strategies and work habits to makes sure I am handling the deluge effectively.
2- I am almost finished with Digital Minimalism. Some of Cal Newport’s claims and ideas are not new to me, but his position is more radical than most, and it’s interesting. He basically suggests that we eliminate almost all electronic distractions and leisure activities for a month and then add back only what we feel adds more value than it takes away. I am inclined to agree with his sentiment that Mindless Online Time is probably taking away more than it is providing, and online ‘connections’ aren’t really all that deep or real.
But I’m a little dubious because this sounds a bit like a Whole30 for tech, and I’m just not entirely convinced that being very strict about something for a 30 day period is really going to lead to lasting change. I also recently tried a month-long stint away from Instagram and it didn’t really do much. But he does have some interesting ideas (give yourself clear ideas of what you’d like to do with the extra time BEFORE your cut yourself off is one of them) that might help make a second round feel worthwhile to me.
3- Best of Both Worlds is on the NPR One app! I am oddly excited about this, probably because I am an NPR devotee. They have added multiple non-NPR-shows to their listening platform, so we are certainly not alone, but still — I thought it was cool.
4- A&C are loving camp. Whew. We are now 6 months into our move, and I feel like both have fully adjusted to having a new set of friends and locations. Annabel seems to have friends and while Cameron doesn’t really go into detail about specific individuals, he comes home very excited about all the activities (capoeira! tennis! cooking! parkour! etc). I am slightly disappointed that it doesn’t sounds like they have any swim instruction – just free play in the pool. A and C are both water safe and can swim in the deep end, but they don’t really use proper technique or real strokes (they used to do swim class but A sort of rebelled and we haven’t been back . . .) and I’d love them to learn.
5- G is up. (It’s 6:02). DAMN. Josh was literally operating all night so it’s definitely my turn. So, I guess this is our last fact! I think she’s been taking longer naps because the big kids are at camp . . . thereby reducing her need/desire for nighttime hours. I will try to embrace the early quality time and get my workout on in the evening (something I am TERRIBLE about doing but have accomplished recently!).
(PS on the workout note: I had mentioned trying 80DO workouts but have chickened out because of the length of the workouts and am doing 21DF Real-Time with some running mixed in instead. I just don’t think I can get up any earlier and I am not really willing to give up my other morning activities!)