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Last Wednesday, I had planned to take the day off to deal with some personal matters. Then things changed and it turned out I didn’t need to. Then I didn’t tell anybody (except my manager and direct report) and worked anyway. Most productive day of the week by far!

Though this wasn’t intentional, now I’m wondering if it should be (every so often).

Have you ever planned anything like this? A hidden workday devoid of meetings or pings or other interruptions? And if so, how often? Comment below, I’d love to know.

I’m thinking I could probably get away with this once a quarter pretty easily. Maybe even once a month? Maybe once a month when there aren’t already dedicated holidays (as I did here in the middle of April). I dunno. I’ll try this in June too and see what happens :)

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Starting today, and for the next one hundred days, I’ll be actively progressing toward my physical health. My partner and I did something similar in the Summer of 2019, and while 2020 didn’t go as any of us had planned, now we’re back on track for a healthy 2021.

In part because of the last year or so, I now weigh more than ever before, and my waist is at its biggest circumference of my life. This is not to say that I look unhealthy. Most people probably wouldn’t notice. But I notice, and don’t like it. Bottom line, it’s unhealthy and it stops here.

So for the next 100 days, I will make have one dedicated improvement or initiative every day. Here are the kind of things that I’ll count (and log):
  1. targeted optimization to daily routine (allowed once per week)
  2. make or attend health appointment
  3. achieve pre-set target milestone

For example, today is day one of my new exercise regimen, and in the next week I’m seeing a dentist, an orthodontist, and getting a COVID inoculation. When I can do ten pull-ups without injury (instead of my current five), that will be a milestone day because I’ll have doubled my baseline. Reducing the girth of my belly by 5% will be another milestone, with 10% being the ultimate goal within the next 100 days. Challenging stuff, sure…but definitely doable. As long as I don’t hurt myself in the process, that’s why this is my first and most important of ten goals.

100-day goals include:
  1. Actively avoid all injuries that could compromise my progress (stay within margin of safety)
  2. Double upper & lower body strength (first reps, then endurance or load)
  3. Decrease waist circumference by 10% (to 30.5 inches)
  4. Restore flexibility to full range of motion (personal Tai Chi standard)
  5. Restore vocal strength & dexterity (personal One Mouth Band standard)
  6. Build/reinforce default habits of health & strength (diet, exercise, hygiene, etc.)
  7. Perform minimum daily activities in 100-day streak without exception
  8. Perform/schedule all regular & elective “someday” body maintenance appointments
  9. Build out infrastructure for physical health (HSA/budget, garden, etc.)
  10. Rigorously eliminate “slippery slope” activities
For that last one, experience tells me that there are a few common things that tend to cause derailments. As such, they are not allowed — unless documented at least 7 days in advance as a special exception.
  • alcohol or non-prescription drugs (exemption for allergy medicine)
  • spending 12+ hours in front of a computer on a single day
  • eating anything after 9pm local time
  • sleeping less than 6hrs
  • redefining the scope of this project

My daily minimum activities (usually I’ll do more than this, but for the next 100 days I won’t do any less) include: 8 essential exercises (Tai Chi), 15min upper/lower body workout (Daily Burn, Body for Life, etc), walking 2-miles (one lap around lake counts), and keeping to “a healthy and focused diet”. Typically, I keep to a pretty healthy vegan diet, but for this 100-days of more intensive muscle-building, I have reason to believe my body do better including at least seafood and eggs as well. I’ll likely do some fasting and a round or two of keto, depending on how this all goes and how I feel throughout.

What about consequences if I slip? 60sec of ice cold shower (within 24hrs of noticing) AND adding another full week to these hundred days. This second part is new for me, and no I don’t like it at all. That’s kinda the point ;)

My target completion date is Friday, July 30th. I’ll be logging everything like crazy in this time, with some monthly updates posted here. Wish me luck!

…Care to join me? No need to do it my way, you can define whatever makes sense to you.

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I intend to stay at ConvaTec for the foreseeable future, and may well turn out to be a “lifer” there. After having my own business for 15+ years, this is my first full-time employee gig ever. It’s a great place for me to grow, and I’m working very hard and learning a ton since I started there last July.

So why would I update my resume? Because the last time I did (before I even started at ConvaTec), I promised myself that I would update my resume at least once a year, and make some kind of upgrade to my role at least every two years. Maybe next year I’ll make some kind of lateral move or aim towards some kind of promotion. For today, and in case anyone asks me for it in the next year, here it is: SamRogers_hire2021.pdf

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I realized recently that I probably won’t ever get to be famous, financially rich, or historically important. Though this is no great disappointment, it is an indication that I could probably live my life a bit differently. Whether through my music career, my community building, my transformational work, or my intellectual contributions, there were certainly times in the past where I thought I was on these paths.

Now, not so much. I’m just a dude who’s alive now, doing what people do and enjoying it as best I can.

As I’ve written about here in the past, fame was never something that I wanted. Likewise, unless I was working off debt, money wasn’t my focus at all. But Important was something I thought I’d have a decent shot at, and was still in the realm of likelihood. At this point, I’m not saying I’m unimportant, but I’m unlikely to have any historical significance to others.

Of course I matter to my family and to my friends. I’m not trying to be down on myself here, just realistic. My life isn’t really very important, which is a bit of a relief actually. Going forward, I don’t have to care about so much. It kinda takes the pressure off :)

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There is plenty of history to draw from when printing gobs of money from nothing. Just because we in the US haven’t been in such a massively disproportional stimulus mode here before doesn’t mean other countries haven’t. But history is written by the winners, and those countries…didn’t win. There is a lesson to be learned here, and we’re not likely to learn it the easy way. Which leaves only the hard way: hyperinflation.

We’re not being inventive or using our ingenuity when we stimulate our economy like is happening now by issuing currency to pay it out and jumpstart our economy. What we’re doing is repeating a tried and true playbook for tanking it all and ruining a good thing. Just because “everybody else is doing it” does not make it a sound strategy.

No matter who is in charge or what beliefs they may have or what political ideologies they may espouse, there are undeniable mathematical certainties at play. This has been the case for some time as our options for our escape from fate have dwindled. Now, reluctantly, I must admit that there doesn’t appear to be any way out. We’ve past our tipping point, and it’s all downhill from here.

Rather than me putting it all together, here’s a fantastic 20min video that does it better than I can.

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