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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

2013 Week 16: Appropriately Engaged with My Commitments

Building Permit for New RoofDid you see? I picked up my roofing permit today. The big roofing weekend is not until May 4/5 but Wade and I are going to tackle the garage and small entry roofs this weekend. I've got friends bringing a pile of equipment by over the next two days. The permit is posted in the front door window. It is ON like Donkey Kong!






But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
Carpe Diem: Seize the Day!

2013 Week 16: Appropriately Engaged with My Commitments

By Evan Nehring

Have I mentioned that David Allen is my productivity guru? It's true. He's considered the world's premiere executive coach, so he's credible for sure. His greatest credibility, though, comes from the results of using his methods. I'm sold.

One of David's sayings is that we need to be "appropriately engaged" with our commitments. Not overcommitted, not under-committed, kind of a productivity cool.

It's amazing how productive we can be when we sit nicely in the zone without overheating or disconnecting. That's been my goal this busy week: to remain appropriately engaged.

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Here's the week 16 version of my weekly goal updates for 2013.

1. Have 12 monthly date nights with Colleen.

We're really dialing in on the roofing job now. The date will be later in May, hopefully celebrating a completed project!

2. Lose 37 pounds by May 6.

I held my own this week, still at 23 pounds lost. The one who looks amazing is Jason! The jeans he just got into a few weeks ago are falling off him now. He's not really getting lighter but he's stretching up! I'm not sure anything else compares with this victory in our family this year!

Sleeping with the Sleep Cycle app has been good this week. It definitely improves my night's sleep!

Plan this week: keep eating well and work hard on the roof. May 6 - wild success; June 6 - great success; July 6 - success; August 6  - slow success

3. House projects: Finish Organizing Upstairs Office

On hold. While this project is largely done, selling the equipment on eBay is going to take a bit of time. Need to focus on the new roof for a couple of weeks. Appropriately engaged.

4. Meet my Road Trip writing deadlines for 2013.

This is one of the three huge projects I'm tackling simultaneously over the next few weeks. We'll see.... The outline of the chapter is together, quotes cited and organized, and some initial writing done. This chapter is so important!

The larger writing goal, again,  is to finish section three by June 5. That will include eight chapters (three are done), and that gives me about two weeks per chapter.

5. Complete the new roof project.

Did you see? I picked up my roofing permit today. The big roofing weekend is not until May 4/5 but Wade and I are going to tackle the garage and small entry roofs this weekend. I've got friends bringing a pile of equipment by over the next two days. The permit is posted in the front door window. It is ON like Donkey Kong!

By next week, I'll have a progress report!

Building Permit for New Roof
     

    Comments are always welcome!

    This is a pretty big project for me. I'm prepared, but it's stretching me. Got any goals that are stretching your comfort zone this year?
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