The Numbers

  • Productivity pulse of 56 (188.9 hours logged) (-2)
  • Average of 7h 17m of sleep each night (+4.5%)
  • Average calories of 2,241 (-6.7%)
  • Average steps: 4,723/day (-3.3%)
  • Average body fat percentage: 11% (+0%)
  • Money spent: 85.9% of income
  • Books read: 0 (+0)
  • Blog posts written: 1 (+0)

Exist Insights:

  • I get more steps when the night is cooler (40%) and when the day is cooler (30%) and when it’s the weekend (27%)
  • I tweet more when I wake up earlier (28%)
  • I’m more productive when it’s Tuesday (30%)
  • I have a better day when it’s Friday (25%)
  • I sleep more on Thursdays (15%)

Rescuetime top 5 categories:

  • Software Development (37%)
  • Social Networking (15%)
  • Entertainment (12%)
  • Communication & Scheduling (10%)
  • News & Opinion (7%)

Thoughts

Fitting in more physical activity clearly did not work out. Pokémon Go did help keep my step count afloat, but it still dropped. July was much hotter than June, so my girlfriend and I didn’t go on many hikes. With a couple failed months in a row, I guess trying to be more active just isn’t going to happen right now. I’m at the office from 9-6 most days, and by the time I get home I’m way too tired to do much of anything, so I end up doing something that doesn’t require much effort, mentally or physically. Therefore, I think if I had to set a goal, it should be to focus on something more leisurely.

With that in mind, I’m going to try rebuilding my reading habit. For a while I was doing pretty well at reading 10 pages of a book a day. The weeks leading up to graduation left me too busy to continue, and I’ve fallen out of reading books again. When Prime Day rolled around though, I caved and finally bought a Kindle Paperwhite after considering it for a long time. I’ve only used it a couple times so far, but find it much easier to read on than my iPad, which I had been doing previously. While reading can be mentally taxing sometimes, I think focusing on just small amounts at a time will help. Focusing on at least 10 Kindle pages a day should help me start reforming the habit, as the digital pages are rather short.

I had set a reading challenge goal on Goodreads to get through 15 books this year, and I’m part way through my 6th, so I have quite a bit of reading to do if I’m going to hit that goal by the end of the year. Reforming the habit is a good place to start.

I’ve also bee reconsidering the format of these reflections. While I do come back and read them at the beginning of each month, I’m not always finding them helpful. I’ll be putting a little bit of thought into how to make August’s reflection a little more helpful as well. I am open to suggestions on the matter…