Weekly Review – 2020/08/09 – 2020/08/16

August 17, 2020 | minutes read

Past Week

  • Published 8 blog posts within a week. I’m developing a cadence, aiming for one (very) short blog posts a day and one medium blog post per week. I think this target is manageable and S.M.A.R.T and will help force me to get in the habit of shipping small fragments instead of never shipping (in)complete blog posts.
  • Took a 3 day vacation with wolf pack at Suncadia, a hotel resort in eastern Washington. This was the first “holiday” (if you can call it that) since COVID19 hit. So … that’s about 6 months and I totally needed it, since I felt my mental health was deteriorating and it was impacting not just work but my personal life: my patience for others was wearing thin and found myself snapping at almost everyone (especially at Jess, no fair to her). Overall, unplugging for the past week has been great not just for me but the for the entire family. Able to spend quality time despite being in the midst of a pandemic and able to help more around the house
  • Hit with tennis coach on Sunday, my first lesson in about 8 months? I had considered cancelling the lesson the day of given that the weather was blistering, 99 degrees (and probably hotter on the tennis court).
  • Bathed Elliott every night this week. Finding joy in these fleeting moments. She’s growing up so fast and although I’m almost always tired, she’s worth it.
  • Refined my organization and writing workflow. Started creating a digital library, scanning about 10 of my books using my recently purchased ScanSnap.
  • Finding that my slimmed down GTD (getting things done) system is kind of working. Needs some tuning – probably need to incorporate a tickle file to remind me of projects, goals, etc.
  • Cooked a couple decent tasting meals. Always feels good to eat clean plant based meals and feels good to help Jess out
  • Still haven’t mustered up the courage to reach out to my dad. I think about him daily but him and I are entangled, like two cowboys about to fast draw but nobody will make the first move

Next week

  • Start advanced operating systems next week (i.e. Monday). Will need to switch back on into academic mode
  • First day back in office after a week long (much needed) vacation.

I’m Matt Chung. I’m a software engineer, seasoned technology leader, and father currently based in Seattle and London. I love to share what I know. I write about topic developing scalable & fail-safe software running in the AWS cloud, digital organization as a mechanism for unlocking your creativity, and maximizing our full potentials with personal development habits.

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