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Oh, check me out, writing this less than an hour before 1st March.  Unfortunately, this exemplary demonstration of organisation and timeliness is not a particularly accurate summary of February and my plans for focus and progress.

(Original list is at the bottom of this post)

  1. Already done *smug*.
  2. I eventually got into my website, having mis-remembered my password, which I argue is different to having forgotten it.  I set the bar low as the achievement of cracking my password felt so real I did nothing more on my website than rejoice in having accessed it.  Does it count that I definitely thought about what I wanted to do with it a lot more than in January?  Weak, I know.
  3. Progress report on a par with last month, ie I’ve changed my work pattern but all that will end in a mere matter of days.  This needs to be worked on with uncharacteristic displays of productivity.
  4. I am writing this from Dubai and spent virtually all of February in hotels where I have indulged in buffets for up to three meals a day.  In summary, I must have meant “gain” 14lb.  In which case, well done me, I’m making good progress.
  5. Overachieving for the second month running, with 365 days of travel and portraits going well due to the fact I’ve been travelling so much, though still a bit wimpy about asking people to take their  photo.  But all in all, one of the few definite successes.
  6. I read The Girl on the Train (the murder element seemed a bit too 1980s familiar but it was an easy read), I thought I’d read another book too but if I did I’ve somehow forgotten.   I’m now reading The  Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (enjoying it a lot but I’m slightly worried it could be disappointing by the end).  I’m optimistic I’ll finish The Miniaturist and maybe even another book.  I’m feeling quietly confident about the reading of 12 books this year, already being almost a a third of the way there.
  7. I’m starting to think I’ve cracked this one as my mobile is now almost always on silent, though I have fallen back into my bad habit of reading messages and mails while walking.  Annoying habit and I need to stop.
  8. Very surprisingly, I did get rid of the five items of clothing I’d said I should do for February.  A more thorough sort is in order for March.  A credible hint of accomplishment.
  9. Again, I’ve been in Doha and Dubai and still not had a picnic, though in Doha I got a bit stressed by all the rules written out along the Corniche (earmarked picnic area) and thought I might not be allowed to eat there anyway (seriously, not exaggerating).  How hard is it to have a picnic, especially being in hot countries?  No, wait, it rained a few days in Doha, it’s rained a few days in Dubai, London and Guernsey have been wet and/or cold so what opportunities have I had?  Does an ice cream count?  No, thought not.  I did eat the top of a lunch baguette while walking in Guernsey.  Surely that counts as a picnic?  Fail.  Again.
  10. I’ve definitely not eaten as much fish in February as January but I’ve undoubtedly had more than usual.  Another success, though not exactly a sense of victory to have eaten a few fish dishes.  I really am setting myself some unexciting challenges this year.
  11. No tax return updates and my current receipt collection is even more disorganised than usual.  Oh well, got a bit of time for this one, sort of.
  12. What was I thinking putting a Christmas shopping thing on my 2017 To Do list?  ie no, of course I haven’t done any Christmas shopping.

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The original list:

  1. One new country
  2. Website with clear purpose
  3. Quit steno
  4. Lose 14lb
  5. New 365 Instagram
  6. Read 12 books
  7. Mobile on silent more
  8. Reduce amount of clothes
  9. More picnics
  10. More fish
  11. Tax in May
  12. Christmas shopping by November
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Battered cod, curly fries and lemon pepper dip at Reykjavik Fish Restaurant

It’s 2nd February and I’ve just read my optimistic January post.  I thought that with monthly updates I’d be able to keep in mind what it is that I hoped to do over a month.  I clearly don’t know myself well enough, I need daily reminders!  Hoping for more focus in February, here follows what I was supposed to do and did do in January and what I WILL do for February.

  1. What a start, I stayed in Qatar last month, which was a new country.  Check me out, one month in and one resolution ticked off.  Maybe it’s not going so badly after all?!
  2. Turns out I thought a small amount of progress was likely on my website. Zilch, absolutely nothing, in fact I don’t even think I looked at it.  Big fail.  I will set the same ludicrously achievable aim for February.
  3. Quitting steno wasn’t looking likely for January, likewise February. But for January and February I have taken time off and completely changed my working pattern, so actually I take that back and feel I have done something to alter my working life.  Next month onwards will be the big test for this one.
  4. Losing weight in January, just no. Also, I had one holiday and two work trips so have been away most of January and very much in dangerous buffet breakfast territory.  I have also eaten out far more than I’ve cooked at home.  To which end, I haven’t even dared set foot on scales.  For February, I am currently away from home and will be again later in the month too.  I will go easy on the buffet breakfasts and abstain from desserts (most days).  I do not hold out much hope for even maintaining last year’s weight let alone losing anything.
  5. Totally overachieving on this one! My 365 Instagram projects are for 365 portraits and 365 days of travel.  As I have been away most of 2017, the travel days have exceeded days of the month and I’ve taken a few portraits, though I am far from embracing the idea of approaching people to take their photo, having only done it a few times and otherwise just taken two photos of people I know.  I am confident a habit is forming and these two Instagram projects will continue as planned, though I need to take more portraits.
  6. I read an Icelandic crime fiction novel, Strange Shores, by Arnaldur Indridason, which I should get bonus points for reading while I was in Reykjavik! I am also almost at the end of The Automobile Club of Egypt by Alaa Al Aswany.  I have enjoyed/am enjoying both.  I should aim high and try for another two novels over February.
  7. Total success. My phone is now almost always on silent and as a result I check it much less and feel less mobile-dependent.
  8. Does it count that I’ve got rid of a pair of jeans that had worn thin in an inappropriate place? No, probably not.  Didn’t expect to start reducing clothes and didn’t.  Oh dear, I did buy some new clothes though.  Right, that’s it, I will get rid of at least five items of clothing in February.
  9. More picnics. I’ve missed some good opportunities for this as I was in Qatar and UAE with temperatures in the mid to high 20s.  I’d be pushing credibility to say that I did at least eat at a few restaurants and cafes sitting outdoors.  I did though!  I did have a breakfast pastry standing outside in light snow in Reykjavik.  That semi counts.  No, I can see I’m scraping the barrel.    At least one February picnic is in order.
  10. To eat more fish, overachieved. I ate way more fish in January than I usually eat in about six months, though aided enormously by a week in Reykjavik, almost two weeks in Gulf states and being in Guernsey for the end of January, so four seaside locations.  I’ve had hammour, cod, haddock, lobster, prawns, squid, wolffish, scallops, mussels, seatrout, salmon, crab.  “More fish” is a bit loose so I’ll aim for at least once a week for February, which sounds a bit pathetic but is more than I’d usually eat.
  11. I repeat my “pff” for having completed my tax return by May. At the very least, I’m sure I could manage to update my receipts up until now.
  12. Christmas shopping by November, I haven’t yet started, unsurprisingly. But, that said, being abroad is a good opportunity to buy a few presents so maybe in February I could stockpile anything if something looks suitable for someone in particular.  But it feels far too early for stockpiling so I won’t let myself feel bad if I make no progress on this.

The original list:

  1. One new country
  2. Website with clear purpose
  3. Quit steno
  4. Lose 14lb
  5. New 365 Instagram
  6. Read 12 books
  7. Mobile on silent more
  8. Reduce amount of clothes
  9. More picnics
  10. More fish
  11. Tax in May
  12. Christmas shopping by November


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