1- Follow Up: Email Experiment
Well, the beauty of a 1-day experiment is that you get very rapid results! My n=1 trial was definitely a success. I got a lot done and felt a lot less scattered. That said, the deck was somewhat stacked in my favor because I had a very light/unstructured day, so I was able to focus on some of my bigger lingering projects.
The only slightly anxiety-provoking thing is that I did my last check around 4 pm so I’m a bit concerned about what might be lurking . . .
I will try to follow a similar plan today.
2- Podcast Rec: Attention Audit
Damn, Brooke Castillo – I actually felt very seen when I listened to this episode yesterday. Her discussion was somewhat related to my concerns about email, but just a bit broadened. In addition, she said some things about planning that were so in line with my philosophy of planning that I practically shouted “AMEN” into the 6 am streets on my run yesterday. Highly recommend.
3- Podcast Rec: Tim Ferriss Again
I really enjoyed his interview with meditation teacher Jack Kornfield. Lots to unpack surrounding meditation, anger, and reactivity.
4- Book rec: I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott
This was the 5th book I finished in June, so I can officially say I am back in the reading groove! (Next up: American Royals, Book #1. This is waiting for my on the Libby app and I’m very excited!)
I enjoyed this. My favorite essays were the ones about quitting and also the one about her friend who unapologetically changed her work hours to avoid homework time — though that one may have sparked some jealousy.
5- This is a big weekend – A&C leave for camp on Sunday, so hopefully we can do something fun tomorrow. Right now our schedule includes gymnastics (G), a vaccine appointment (G), and possibly sushi + a local rodeo. Sunday we take the big kids to the airport before 6 am (!). They will be on a group supervised flight.
(All of the above contingent on negative COVID NAAT tests today. No one has symptoms so crossing every appendage!).
I’m getting slightly nervous for their launch but I’m pretty sure camp knows how to keep kids distracted enough so they aren’t homesick, and also the 4 weeks will likely fly by.