For those not in the know, recently I’ve gone through several changes. Those that I’m openly discussing in public are the following:
Currently, I’m no longer living in my home state, Minnesota. You can find me in the environs of Bakersfield, California. While I love my home state and many of my people there, including my good friend Dan over at DVG Framing (seriously, check out his framing and furniture, it’s amazing), Things were not altogether well and helping me to be the best Luke I could be for me and the people in my life. As a result-
I’ve Changed Job
I am still working on wood in my spare time, as well as writing, but I am no longer focusing on them. My dad, Dexter and I traveled west to see the eclipse and photograph it with Minneapolis photographer John Anderson, who kindly made modifications for my dad’s Canon 800mm F/2.8 Lens. We used it to photograph the eclipse and Dexter ran around like a madman taking pictures and taking an interest in the things he could do with the photographs. After the eclipse, we parted ways and I continued on to my destination, whereupon I joined Noah Nethero and Jake Miller at 1st Light Energy, a solar company that services all of California. My first afternoon in bakersfield, I stumbled into the Iron Arms Gym, met the owner Ryan and joined on the spot. (If you are from Bakersfield, and want to lift at a gym focused on “the iron”- join and tell them Luke sent you). Since then –
I’ve Started Lifting Again
I’m doing a better job of tracking my lifts and been going more regularly thanks to the fact that the Gym is a real gym and 10 minutes for my house. For $25/month I’m treated to loud music, guys who give me something to shoot for in size and strength, and the occasional shot or round robing Mortal Kombat session. It’s like I designed a gym in a computer to meet my geek, bro and lifting needs. At week two, my totals are still weak as a kitten (Bench 165, Squat 185, Deadlift 245), but after a nine year hiatus from serious lifting, I don’t deserve to be jumping back in. But since I’m putting in effort at the all-around self improvement –
I’ve Started Eating Healthier
Myfitnesspal by UnderArmor has been a great help. It allows me to track my calories, macros and what I’ve eaten. It’s a bit tricky when eating at non-fast food or non-chain restaurants, but they usually have general guidelines to follow. Additionally I can use it to track my weight, steps and exercise for the day. This is has made everything WAY easier to track and a lot of fun. I do miss habitRPG for the cute anime things, but for diet and fitness, this has been an excellent fit. The app inspired so –
I’ve Started using my Bullet Journal again
For those not in the know, bullet journaling is an offline way to make easily migrated tasks in any Journal-style notebook as well as notate events, cluster things into projects and set goals on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. It is fantastic. you can find out more information about it here. There are SO many different ways to do this, it’s highly adaptable and for the craft-y people reading, yes, you can use all the colored inks, tapes and even pictures you want in order to make it shine. For those more like me, that’s not necessary.
One of the modifications I’ve made is to use the habit tracker invented by Benjamin Franklin:
Though, I’ve inverted this by marking when I succeed at engaging in the habit I’m trying to develop. At the end of the month, I tally the number of days I engaged in the habit, divide by the days of the month and look at the success rate. Then the current month is compared with the previous to see where improvements can be made. Rather than the ideals Franklin for which Franklin strove, I’ve started farther down the ladder of abstraction. For now, I’m working on the following behaviors I’d like to make a part of my regular life.
• Completing all tasks I’ve assigned myself for the day
• Walking a minimum of 5,000 steps
• Meditate – this has been the hardest to think about so far. tonight I just thought about some quotes from Jordan B. Peterson, probably one of the greatest professors of the modern era. Check out his Maps of Meaning series on youtube
• Shower – Hey, hygiene is important, and I wanted a habit I could cross off every morning first thing, like the bed-making suggestion from Admiral McRaven
• Staying Under my recommended Calories
• Read/Listen to non-fiction books and podcasts for at least 30 minutes per day.
• Write – This was the one I wanted most and have put the least consistency into up to this point. Whoops! Sorry folks.
• Knock Doors – This is a big part of my new job working with 1st Light Energy and my goal is to knock a few doors every day.
• Gym/Yoga – walking is not enough. I’ve dedicated Mondays to Deadlift, Wednesday to Bench and Friday to Squat. Somehow the off days just lack luster and so it’s on those days that I’m going to be filling in with Yoga, Dance, or other physical activities.
• Rosetta Stone – I have been gifted a license for Rosetta Stone German – Levels I-V and want to see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. So far, I’m noticing my comprehension go WAY up, but that’s starting from zero… we’ll see how it goes. I’m really enjoying the difference between Der hund frisst and Er isst.
The next few are work metrics, not quite daily habits because some are out of my control.
• Appointment set – I’m requiring at least one appointment set per work day either from knocking doors or a networking type meeting. On days when I’m knocking, my goal is for three appointments set.
• Referrals Received – I’m handing out a lot of referrals, and I’d like to track them.
• Deal Closed – Need appointments for these to close, but I’d like to get an idea of what kind of effort needs to be made in order to actually make a consistent living selling solar.
• Phone Calls Made – Did I call at least one person to follow up on some bit of business?
So far, that’s a lot of change from what I was doing to what I AM doing now. I’m excited to make this into a process rather than a goal.