Priorities are weird. I’m finding that even though I may prioritize something higher overall, I may schedule something more immediately just to get it out of the way, or it is more opportune to complete it quickly. I do this at work and in my personal life. Right now, my biggest priorities are:
- Kicking ass at work and getting a raise/promotion.
- Getting into a study habit
- Moving Hiro’s life down to Maryland and finding a new place to live.
- Finishing painting my room so that someone else can live there.
- Enjoying playing Magic and building a community of friends
However, I know that I have not built my schedule in a way that reflects these priorities. Is this because I do not want to follow my priorities, or is it because there is an opportune time and place for everything? This is the order I intend on accomplishing these priorities:
- Finishing painting my room so that someone else can live there. I am leaving for New York on Thursday and instead of sleeping in a room with noxious paint fumes for a week (which I already accomplished), I’m going to finish painting a few hours before I leave so I don’t have to deal with the fumes filling my lungs.
- Enjoying playing Magic and building a community of friends. Magic events are every weekend so I will likely go to play every weekend. This is simple and easy.
- Kicking ass at work and getting a raise/promotion. I have applied to new position and management around me is acting like it’s a certainty. While Hiro and I are in LA, I’ll have nothing to do int he hotel each day and will have a lot of time complete my project and hopefully launch my success.
- Moving Hiro’s life down to Maryland and finding a new place to live. We are moving down after we come back from LA.
- Getting into a study habit. Who knows when this is going to happen because this one is hard. I haven’t really figured this out at all. Turns out I’m still a bad student.
Even though I would assign one thing more importance in my life, it can still take a back seat to other priorities. Is this normal? This happens to me at work too. I’ll often conquer small, mundane tasks before I even start a project I know will take me many hours. And that project is way more important than doing an expense report. I just think that’s weird but that’s how I do things.
Meal Spend Update
We got two weeks to go over this time which means that even though I missed one week, we can make the best out of this situation and do a comparison. In the week of the 15th, I spent $83.04 overall. This is great and it’s well below my $100 a week/$400 a month budget. Maybe this way of presenting the data to myself is effective after all. You can clearly see that I ate out on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Things even got pretty expensive on Thursday but I was still able to keep spending under $100. This is where I feel like I learned something. Who cares about a $30 meal here and there when your normal spending is less than $5 a day. Cooking isn’t always cheap so if you want to save money, don’t buy steak! Buy chicken! So cheap~
Now let’s look at last week. I spent $102.28 over the week, which pretty much meets my aforementioned budget. How is this happening? Is tracking the data like this really affecting my spending that much? Before I switched over to this tracking, I only met my budget 5 times out of 27 weeks this year. Since I’ve started this tracking, I’ve made my budget 4 out of 5 times. That’s uncanny. This week, I’m even including buying breakfast for my office on Friday.
Okay, let’s be realistic. I am getting shrekked here. I’m still studying more than zero but I’m not adhering to my schedule at all. I need to make things easier for myself. It seems like my off Fridays and Sundays are good because I have large chunks of time I can block off. The other days are crowded and I probably rationalize that I can’t get a good rhythm going. When in actuality, if I just studied a bit every day, that would add up quickly. Like E(ating) and E(xercise), the value would add up quickly with consistency. New schedule…again. One hour every day. 8 hours on off Fridays, 4 hours on Saturdays and 4 hours on Sundays….I’ll report back soon.