Renewed Motivation to Work

Time is slipping quickly these days. I’m again uncertain of where a whole month went. As I predicted in August my work-life balance has become more skewed towards work, but not before a whole bunch of life and play happened in the intervening weeks. I exercised on 5 days straight after Labor Day and totaled of 19 workouts in September; it helped that September was wellness month at my company and they hosted lots of fitness themed activities I could easily participate in. On top of that I did end up buying that Fitbit from Craigslist and was able to track all my activity on the Fitbit app. I know it’s a possibility that the Fitbit I bought is one where the seller complained to the company within the 1 year warranty period and got sent a new Fitbit which they sold to me, but I’m okay with that as I consider it a win-win for both me and the seller. In a non sequiter I got my first ever traffic citation, but I’ll try to do traffic school soon to avoid getting a point on my record.

My boyfriend spent early September squaring away paperwork for joining his new company. But more importantly he planned and got visas for a month-long vacation! He had a lot of vacation days accumulated which he is using in one go; he flew out in mid-September. I don’t have so much DTO but I did get a week off so I will fly out and vacation with him next week. Having him gone honestly freed up a good amount of time and mindspace. I used the mindspace to think about my longer-term goals for the relationship, list out questions I have, and do some research about them. I will spend more time thinking about me relationship and how I want it to evolve later this month after I come back from vacation.

I used the time to start a WordPress blog where I ported all my existing networthshare entries (labangel.wordpress.com) and set up Twitter (@_labangel), Medium, Pinterest, and Google+ accounts under this identity. I tried setting up a Facebook profile but my account got disabled! I’m still a little sore over that 😡 These accounts took a loooong time to set up, but then again I go through every single setting and tune it to my liking when creating an account. It is also very easy to start consuming content in all of these websites and I definitely spent a lot of time reading, scrolling through feeds, following other accounts, adding myself to blog directories, etc. My WordPress and Twitter are in okay shape but I will have to spend a LOT more time on this to take it to the next level, which I am not willing to do for a while.

I realized while reading Designing Your Life that I should go all-in on my work, and I have done just that this week. I’ve worked closely with my new manager over the past 4 months and I have complete faith in her ability to promote me now since one of the senior engineers on my team had been putting in a lot of effort for the past 1 year and my new manager was able to secure his promotion! I know that she wants to promote me as well; this is convincing me to do my best at my job. I did a good job against the goals I had set last quarter, but this quarter’s goals are pretty ambitious so I want to give myself space to complete them by planning ahead and diligently making progress on tasks I’m unblocked on. Wish me luck!

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