Project 8: two weeks later

10/07/2020

Commented back in 1883 Lord Kelvin (yes, yes, William Thomson, the Irish mathematician and physicist of the temperature scale) "I often say that when you can measure what you are saying and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have hardly advanced, in your thoughts, to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be."

There you go.

This, which marketing people take very seriously(if you can't measure it, you can't improve it) and which they sometimes use to capture extra data just because they have tools that allow them to do so (don't get me started on this now...), is also usually recommended to all those who make resolutions.

Two weeks ago I wrote the post in which I explained what my Project 8 consisted of. And after these days I feel like making a first stop to reflect on how it is going, things to improve, to change and to continue. I don't know if I will do this recap periodically or only when I feel like it, but here is the first review.

Revision 1 of Project 8

👎 Working 8 hours a day. Not even close. I have several projects stuck that I need to get out of the way soon and they are taking me a lot of hours. Plus, the more I block myself, the harder it gets, the more I get distracted, the more frustrated I get and the worse it gets. A couple of sleepless nights working in these two weeks that also upset the rest of my plans.

Getting up early and having a morning routine. Except for those two days that I've stayed up late, I'm getting up at 6 and going to bed around 11 p.m. Getting up early, the routine of writing and having a good breakfast. The rest can be improved.

👍 Blogging five days a week. 10 posts published, no failure here. But honestly I don't know if I'm going to keep up the pace or I'm going to change it to 3 posts a week. I will try to keep writing for an hour every morning, but I don't have so many topics to write about, and often one hour is not enough to write something more complete and interesting. And my unconditional fans can't be daily making me a casito.

👎 Walk five days a week. The first three days of last week I did it. Then because of work, I would go from writing time to work. Wrong.

👎 Lose 8 kilos. That I have not gained weight is almost a miracle. Moving little (see previous point) and with some anxiety (which means chocolate or ice cream, also to combat that we have been several days at more than 30 degrees and this is horrible), bad combination.

👎 Daily training at least one hour. I've started an accessibility course on the fantastic A11Y-collective platform, but just like the walks, work hours have eaten it all up and I haven't dedicated more than 2 hours to it these two weeks.

Permanent Link and other parallel projects. I've been publishing the summary and the newsletter for two weeks in a row, and this week I've also published an article with an interview that I've been looking forward to publish. Happy with this.

🤔 Vertixe version 2.0. I have to write the texts for the new website and I haven't finished them yet, this bad. I also have to say no to many projects and potential clients that come to me and that I am doing somewhat better.

So for the moment, 3 "progressing adequately" and 5 "needs improvement".

First conclusions

I was talking about it last night with Monica, and I have talked about it a lot of times with Ibon, that I have to stop setting traps for myself. I am an optimist by nature and I always end up giving myself unrealistic deadlines. Everything accumulates, I end up putting in a lot of hours, I see that they are not enough, I get overwhelmed, I get distracted, it accumulates more, and I generate a vicious circle.

And I do it with everything, not just work.

Writing about this "Project" helps me as a diary to realize, in a relaxed way, that this is a house of cards and that everything is connected. And that if I want to accomplish everything, as you told me in the original post, the most important thing is the working hours. The ones that allow you to sleep, rest, get up early, live a healthier life and other things.

But for that I have to put my clients and their projects in order, close stages, say no, and DO THINGS RIGHT.

Hopefully, in the next review, you will have better news!


🎧 Written listening: Jamie T - Rabbit Hole(Spotify)

8 reactions to "Project 8: two weeks later".

  1. Where did you get Lord Kelvin's quote? I've been looking for a long time for the original source of the expression "it can't be measured, it doesn't exist" and I can only reach Pepperel Montague, philosopher also of the new realism, and I think the quote appears well into the twentieth century.
    Cheer up with your goals and don't get discouraged (something usual when you fix very ambitious things :)

    1. Boas Xabier! The quote is curious because in principle in many places it is attributed to Peter Drucker. But the Drucker Institute itself confirmed that he had never said it(https://www.drucker.institute/thedx/measurement-myopia/). In addition, when he talks about the subject it is always from a critical point of view and not as it has come to our days (as in, do not discard things because they are not easily measurable). Here is some more info: https://billhennessy.com/simple-strategies/2015/09/09/i-wish-drucker-never-said-it

      And about Kelvin's quote, who was clearly a man who liked to elaborate: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/42436/did-lord-kelvin-say-if-you-can-not-measure-it-you-can-not-improve-it

  2. I think the most important thing that will help you improve in everything else is to make you see that it is your job and not your life.

    It's an important part, but you probably have other things that are more important. I was in the same situation and setting a schedule and sticking to it is an important step.

    The next thing is to think that not every day has to be productive and that if you don't do something one day you can do it the next.

    And thirdly, your company is you, your customers are yours. Let them see that you have a complicated season (which we all have nowadays) and that you are at your best, but you are moving at a different pace than expected. Many will understand.

    1. Thanks for the comment Mr. Alexander! Most of the time I have the situation under control, but when I get down to writing I tend to pull out that part that's there raca-raca in my head of when things don't go as you plan.

      In the end the biggest problem and learning I have to have is managing expectations, both my own and those of my clients and friends, so that the castle doesn't fall on me! Best regards!

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