Or maybe this should be called “first principles.”
Anyway, let’s get ourselves up to speed quickly. Last week I posted and said something like, “I might be done book 3 this week, if I study over the weekend.” Well, not only did I not study over the weekend, I also didn’t study on Friday.
For the record, I’m not proud.
On the other hand, across Fri/Sat/Sun, I did manage to get a lot of other stuff done that had either come up or been ignored for long enough. I count most of that stuff as work, so maybe I broke even?
Regardless, last night as I gorged myself on snacks and marathoned a bunch of Netflix shows, the shame spiral started to set in. I had started this adventure with a very simple premise – spend every morning studying for 4-5 hours, then do whatever. Hopefully something creative. (But we all know how that turned out, don’t we?)
Anyway, I stuck to the 4-5 hours for a good while, but I think the real slide started when I got invited to go into the office and sit in on actual financial adviser meetings. The simplicity of my schedule went out the window. It was worth it, but it was also a challenge to get the studying in at the same time. Then, honestly, Xmas became the death knell. Two full weeks off, to watch the kid and host the family, then a slow start back. Last week, although I did better, I found myself finishing one of my study days at 11pm in the evening.
Because let’s face it, when you’re sitting home alone with nobody to answer to, it’s just a little to easy to find a slippery slope and start your way down it. Bobsledding for dummies not required. So this week, I’m back to basic principles. Studying from 8-12 each morning, then getting other things done afterward.
Key to this is avoiding distractions. Today, as other things occurred to me, I actually jotted each one down then went right back to studying. Then, the first hour and half after lunch was spent getting those things done. Including writing this blog post.
Which is a second point I need to make. Writing this blog was meant to be many things. A way to keep a few people in the loop if they were interested. A way to be creative, since these posts actually do take some thought and talent.
Well… okay, some of them do. (You can all vote on which ones, just for fun!)
But perhaps most importantly, this blog was meant to be a public reality check of my progress, intended to keep me honest. And if I’m honest, also intended to shame me publicly should I fail in my appointed task each day.
Yeah, yeah, you’re already thinking it:
Good job, dude! I’ve read your blog (as much as I can stand), and you just ain’t cutting the mustard!
Well, I can’t argue. It started out as a daily frolic that kept me going, but in all the mix up I got too tired to keep it going some days, and not motivated enough other days.
So here’s the reboot. I don’t have Christopher Nolan to shepherd me through this one (although how cool would that be, right?), so I’ll just do the best I can on my own. Studying, posting. That’s the routine.
And yeah, I already know it’ll get messed up again as soon as I start going to the office again. But that’s alright. We bend with the wind. We refuse to break.
Huh… you bored yet?
Screaming Condor! Let’s talk about it fast. Today was a good 4 hour session, and I made good progress. There’s an off chance I’ll finish book 3 tomorrow, but more likely it’ll be Wednesday.
But let’s look at the BIG score chart. That’s where the cheques get written and the bills get paid!
I originally started this adventure hoping I could do one book per month, for a total of 5 months. Then the first book took 5 weeks, and I realized I might not get through it as fast as I hoped.
Where am I now? Okay, hang on while I count weeks on the calendar…
Hmmm… since I started, it’s been 16 weeks, not including the two weeks for Xmas. This is the start of week 17, and I’m almost done book three of this course, which is really book four overall. So where does that put me?
Well, 16/4 = 4, last time I checked. (Which was just last week, while practicing times tables with my kid.) So, that’s 4 weeks per book.
So… uh… ta da!?
That’s actually one book per month. Look at me go, Ma!
Now, I’m expecting to need some extra time after I get through the last book to do some serious review. Four books in a row with no review is just bad business. So it might actually take me 6 months overall, depending.
But I have to say, despite the ups and downs, I think I’m doing okay. I’m sure some could have done it faster, and I’m sure some would have given up by now. Makes me solidly marginal, doesn’t it?
Let me just say, I’ll take it!
And I’ll have more to bore you with tomorrow. Don’t say you weren’t warned.