14.01.2024 SUN — Planning for the week ahead

    The weekly review works for me. One of the best things I have introduced to my routine schedule in the weekly review. It is a time when I can reflect on the week gone and plan for the week ahead. After listening to a podcast by Carl Pullein, I thought I would give the approach a try. His Golden 10 approach helped me understand that it is better to go into each day with an idea of what is in store for you.

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    13.01.2025 SAT — Plenty of writing

    Today, I went along with the usual routine I have every Saturday — running my son to all of these different clubs. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to start writing about using the Twos app for one year. I managed to write 2222 words within an hour. Pretty impressive by my standards. This includes proofreading and editing. Creating the images for the blog post took longer than writing the post.

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    12.01.2024 FRI — A positive week at work

    The working week went better than expected There was no doubt that the week was going to be a successful one, but you never know what could happen. I have to say it was a great week at work. Tiring, busy, and exhausted by the evenings. It was the first week to test out my new Bullet Journal for work. By eliminating the clutter and keeping my notebook barebones, I was able to focus on what matters.

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    10.01.2024 — Hiding behind a logo

    Social media identity Working in education has a few drawbacks. One of them is the paranoia of being online when parents, carers, or students could find your account. Everything posted could be used against you. I don’t want that to happen to me, but it is a reality I must acknowledge. I wouldn’t post anything that would cause offence (not knowingly) because it is not in my nature to be like that.

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    09.01.2024 TUE — The Weekly Review is back!

    The Weekly Review is back. I fell off the blogging horse at the end of 2023 due to work commitments and other things going on in my life. I had to focus my attention to what was essential. My energy levels were tested at the time and I needed to reserve them for the task in hand. Anyway, I have returned with issue 8. In this post, I mentioned how I was using micro.

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    08.01.2024 MON — Back to work I go.

    Back to work As expected, I did not get the sleep I wanted last night. I felt it this morning as I woke up lightheaded. Work, itself, went better than I expected it. The students were not in, so we had a busy timetable of training courses throughout the day. Tomorrow is when the real work starts. I’m excited about my computing lesson because I am teaching the fundamentals of HTML and CSS.

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    07.01.2024 SUN — The Day before tomorrow.

    The holiday is truly over. I spent three hours preparing work-related things for the next seven weeks. There was plenty of to do. It all got done, and I feel much better for knowing what I have in store for me going back to work. Still, I have those pre-work jitters where I know I won’t have undisturbed sleep. It happens every time I go back. I am excited to meet with my colleagues tomorrow morning.

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    06.01.2024 SAT — Back to normality

    The holidays are over. It is that time when the holiday period is over. I go back to work on Monday. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my two-week break and the time with my family. Back to normality. I spent today with the usual dad duties of taking my son to his basketball game in the morning. It was an earlier one, too. The game started at 08:30, so I had to make sure I set off at 07:30.

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    05.01.2024 FRI — YouTube and Blogging.

    I made a YouTube video. I woke up early this morning because I could not sleep properly last night. I usually get myself in this state when I know I will be going back to work soon. It will soon be Monday. I made a post on Twitter and Mastodon to show how I organise my blog schedule in Apple Reminders before the new year. As I was wide awake at 5:00am, I thought why not, I’ll make a video about the process of linking Apple Notes with Apple Reminders.

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    04.01.2024 THU — Blogging and Ulysses hits a problem

    Today, I managed to sit down and to write a blog that I plan to upload tomorrow. It is a post about my experience with not gaming for a year. I’ve kept it short (roughly five minutes to read). This post will be the first lengthy post of the year. I can’t believe it has been a year since I started to blog properly. In 2023, I managed to submit 63 posts on Medium.

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    03.01.2024 WED — MicroJournal

    Waffles and tablets Morning waffles This morning, I thought it would be a good idea to test out my son’s waffle maker he received for Christmas. I thought this was a great idea as his friend was over for a sleepover. Safe to say, the waffles went down a treat. A sugary one! I hadn’t realised how much vegetable oil went into making a waffle. Now I know why they have so many calories in them.

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    02.01.2024 TUE — MicroJournal

    Less, but better I started a deep dive read of Essentialism by Greg McKeown today. It is one of the books I want to read this year. The essence of the book focuses on reducing the number of things we say yes to, so we can focus on what is essential. In turn, we will become passionate and satisfied with what you value. Oh, and you will actually complete your goals.

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    01.01.2024 MON — MicroJournal

    The first day of the year is always the busiest. 📝 Like every year, I had plenty of commitments to carry out. Two parties and a massive clearcut of the house today. Since my self-imposed gaming ban at the start of 2023, I had been itching to play a game all year. Around the ten-month mark, I was tempted to give up and grab the controller. I resisted and kept my promise not to play any games for the following two months of the challenge.

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