Walking Update – Week 2, 2018

Step Update for week 2 of 2018, 8th January 2018 to 14th January 2018.

Step Data

Day

Target

Steps

Monday  15,657 15,000
Tuesday  15,167 15,000
Wednesday  15,552 15,000
Thursday  16,791 15,000
Friday  18,526 15,000
Saturday  17,024 15,000
Sunday  19,506 15,000
Total  118,223 105,000

Looking at the Numbers

The highest day of the week was Sunday with a total of 19,506 steps, while the lowest day was Tuesday with 15,167 steps.

The total steps for the week were 118,223 which works out to an average of 16,889 steps per day across the week. This gives a total of 230,813 steps year to date.

Comments

The second week of the year for Brisbane has felt like one of the hottest since last summer. In some ways, this has made it somewhat difficult to feel comfortable walking. But then again doing the hard work to walk is not about always feeling comfortable.

One way that I have found to beat the heat a little is to spend some time walking in shopping centres. Even though it is not always ideal with the number of people around especially during school holidays. At least it is air-conditioned and does provide some relief from the heat.

I did not intend the result that I achieved on Sunday when I set out. It just turned out that where I needed to be and circumstances saw me walk a little more than required. Especially considering that it was also the hottest day of the week recording a temperature of over 37 degrees Celsius.

This Time Last Year

I thought I would try doing a little comparison to the same time last year. You can have a look at the full post from last year, Week 2, 2017, it does not contain commentary but the numbers are there.

The total steps for the week were 115,877 last year compared to 118,23 this year. While the average steps each day was 16,554 last year and this year it is 16,889. The year to date total was 249,428 last year compared to 230,813 this year. The year to date steps may have some variance does to the timing of the week in the year.

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Time Usage Update – December 2017

For almost a year now I have been monitoring the time that I spend on the computer and how it is used. Thankfully it is not something that I have to manually track as I make use of the Rescue Time application for this.

Even though I have the application installed and I track the time that I use, it has not changed my habits all that much. When I get the reports I can see that I still spend too much time on the unproductive and not enough on productive tasks. However, I have decided to start sharing the numbers here hopefully giving myself an added layer of accountability.

Even though I am still thinking over the idea of doing a weekly or monthly update I decided to share the last full month to get things started. The month I will share below is December 2017 and I will be evolving the process of what I share through this and the next couple of posts.

Total Time Logged

I logged a total of 66 hours and 16 minutes in December 2017. The time was down from 103 hours and 21 minutes the previous month. The biggest contributing factor to this was like days such as Christmas where I may have used the computer very little or not at all.

Following is a breakdown of how the time fell into the different categories from very productive to very distracting.

20h 9m Very Productive
8h 19m Productive
11h 1m Neutral
12h 53m Distracting
13h 49m Very Distracting

With these times it does look to be a somewhat even spread between productive and distracting time. However, that means I am probably doing far too many distracting things.

Top Productive Time

The category with the highest productive time is Design and Composition. There was a total of 15h 55m which accounts for 24% of my time this month.

The majority of this time was spent in Ulysses, which is a desktop-based Markdown Editor with a total of 9h 1m. I use Ulysses as my program of choice when writing for a couple of reasons. I don’t have to worry about any sort of formatting or clutter, I can just sit there and write. There is also a much lower chance of me losing any progress I have when writing and the ability to automatically sync with Dropbox.

I also spent 3h 50m working in Adobe Lightroom. I do a lot of work with photo’s so this kind of surprises me just how little time I spent in here. It often seems like I am always in Lightroom, but I suppose it is often for short bursts of time.

The other large chunk of time 2h 27m was spent working on my blog at Travel Explored. The time here will be a mixture of things from writing through to editing, graphics and preparing social media updates.

Top Distracting Time

I am not all that surprised to find that the most time was spent in social media when it comes to distracting time. However, at the same time, I am conflicted in calling some of this distracting.

I spent a total of 14h 22m on social media in December which accounts for 22% of my time. The majority of this time was spent on Facebook with 12h 2m on the platform. I do not deny that almost all of this time is distracting, but I do use it to some degree from a business perspective as well. But I cannot lie in December that might have totalled 10-15 minutes for Facebook.

On the other hand, I also spent 1h 25m on Instagram, just on the computer. While this could be seen as a distracting use of time, I do see it as productive. Instagram is a platform that I am working to grow my following, and the only way to do that is to interact with others on the platform.

Other Notable Time

The other notable category that comes up is Entertainment with 10h 34m or 16% of my time on the computer. Entertainment is another conflicting category for me because of how I use it.

There is no doubt that some level of Entertainment is for pure enjoyment. The biggest chunk of this time, 4h 42m was spent on Youtube. While some of that is watching personal videos and such, there is a chunk I use it to play music for while I am working. I would probably say 25% of that time is spent finding and playing or changing tracks, which I guess in some ways could be still distracting. One approach I am taking is to try and use an app like Soundcloud to play music from my phone instead of using Youtube.

Another 4h 28m was spent reading a comic website. So this is very much time that was for an entertainment purpose. There was so much time here because I was catching up on a few months of comics since I last visited. However, this choice was also part of downtime over christmas.

Progress On Goals

Finally, I want to cover my progress on the three goals that I have around my time on the computer.

  1. Spend less than two hours on all distracting time. I achieved this goal on 27 of the 31 days in December. Averaging just 52m per day on distracting time, or a total of 26h 42m for the month. The maximum distracting time for the month can be no more than 62 hours or I would fail this entirely.
  2. Spend more than three hours on all productive time. I did not achieve this goal on a single day throughout the month of December. The closest I got was on the 8th of December with 2h 33m logged of productive time. I averaged 55m a day across the month for a total of 28h 28m productive time. The total for the month if I achieved every day should exceed 93 hours in total.
  3. Spend more than two hours on writing. I did not achieve this goal on a single day throughout the month of December. The closest I got was on the 8th of December with 1h 37m logged of writing time. I averaged 22m a day across the month for a total of 11h 29m writing time. The total for the month if I had achieved every day should exceed 62 hours in total.

Summary

Even though I am not entirely happy with my productivity throughout the month of December, some of it comes down to the time of year. There are many factors that took me away from the computer. Of course, this makes it somewhat difficult to achieve goals that require a minimum amount of time being spent in front of the computer.

Coming into 2018 I do believe that I will be getting a lot more productive and focused on getting things done. Some of this is through the records that I will be keeping on this website and also knowing what I want to focus my time on.

I would love to head some feedback on this post from those who read it. While I expect to make some modifications it is also interesting to see what other people find interesting. In time I may add or remove some of the information that I am looking at based on how I find works best when digging into the Rescue Time statistics.

Walking Update – Week 1, 2018

Step Update for week 1 of 2018, 1st January 2018 to 7th January 2018.

Step Data

Day

Target

Steps

Monday  15,943 15,000
Tuesday  16,725 15,000
Wednesday  15,173 15,000
Thursday  17,712 15,000
Friday  15,039 15,000
Saturday  15,771 15,000
Sunday  16,227 15,000
Total  112,590 105,000

Looking at the Numbers

The highest day of the week was Thursday with a total of 17,712 steps, while the lowest day was Friday with 15,039 steps.

The total steps for the week were 112,590 which works out to an average of 16,084 steps per day across the week. This gives a total of 112,590 steps year to date.

Comments

 

For the first week of the new year, I have not necessarily found it easy to get the steps completed each day. Even though I have been achieving the same goal now for over two years there are still factors that make the target challenging.

The biggest challenge in Brisbane at the moment is the heat and humidity. When you look back at the recorded weather for this week it does not exactly tell the whole story. The recorded highs have all been below 30 Celsius, but it is the humidity that has made it worse.

Either way, I will keep on putting one foot in front of the other as we continue through the year.

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Walking Update – Week 52, 2017

Step Update for week 52 of 2017, 25th December 2017 to 31st December 2017.

Step Data

Day

Target

Steps

Monday  15,601 15,000
Tuesday  16,390 15,000
Wednesday  18,720 15,000
Thursday  18,245 15,000
Friday  18,540 15,000
Saturday  21,406 15,000
Sunday  16,331 15,000
Total  125,233 105,000

Looking at the Numbers

The highest day of the week was Saturday with a total of 21,406 steps, while the lowest day was Monday with 15,601 steps.

The total steps for the week were 125,233 which works out to an average of 17,890 steps per day across the week. This gives a total of 6,208,077 steps year to date.

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Walking Update – Week 51, 2017

Step Update for week 51 of 2017, 18th December 2017 to 24th Decmeber 2017.

Step Data

Day

Target

Steps

Monday  16,909 15,000
Tuesday  18,491 15,000
Wednesday  16,570 15,000
Thursday  15,193 15,000
Friday  15,159 15,000
Saturday  17,990 15,000
Sunday  15,285 15,000
Total  115,597 105,000

Looking at the Numbers

The highest day of the week was Tuesday with a total of 18,491 steps, while the lowest day was Friday with 15,159 steps.

The total steps for the week were 115,597 which works out to an average of 16,514 steps per day across the week. This gives a total of 6,082,844 steps year to date.

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Walking Update – Week 50, 2017

Step Update for week 50 of 2017, 11th December 2017 to 17th Decmeber 2017.

Step Data

Day

Target

Steps

Monday  15,691 15,000
Tuesday  15,562 15,000
Wednesday  15,972 15,000
Thursday  15,926 15,000
Friday  15,710 15,000
Saturday  19,735 15,000
Sunday  16,999 15,000
Total  115,595 105,000

Looking at the Numbers

The highest day of the week was Saturday with a total of 19,735 steps, while the lowest day was Tuesday with 15,562 steps.

The total steps for the week were 115,595 which works out to an average of 16,514 steps per day across the week. This gives a total of 5,967,247 steps year to date.

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Walking Update – Week 49, 2017

Step Update for week 49 of 2017, 4th December 2017 to 10th December 2017.

Step Data

Day

Target

Steps

Monday  15,076 15,000
Tuesday  15,787 15,000
Wednesday  16,944 15,000
Thursday  17,305 15,000
Friday  15,363 15,000
Saturday  16,087 15,000
Sunday  17,183 15,000
Total  113,745 105,000

Looking at the Numbers

The highest day of the week was Thursday with a total of 17,305 steps, while the lowest day was Monday with 15,076 steps.

The total steps for the week were 113,745 which works out to an average of 16,249 steps per day across the week. This gives a total of 5,851,652 steps year to date.

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Walking Update – Week 48, 2017

Step Update for week 48 of 2017, 27th November 2017 to 3rd December 2017.

Step Data

Day

Target

Steps

Monday  18,439 15,000
Tuesday  15,727 15,000
Wednesday  15,549 15,000
Thursday  15,166 15,000
Friday  17,965 15,000
Saturday  16,774 15,000
Sunday  15,402 15,000
Total  115,022 105,000

Looking at the Numbers

The highest day of the week was Monday with a total of 18,439 steps, while the lowest day was Thursday with 15,166 steps.

The total steps for the week were 115,022 which works out to an average of 16,432 steps per day across the week. This gives a total of 5,737,907 steps year to date.

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Walking Update – Week 47, 2017

Step Update for week 47 of 2017, 20th November 2017 to 26th November 2017.

Step Data

Day

Target

Steps

Monday  15,301 15,000
Tuesday  15,210 15,000
Wednesday  15,141 15,000
Thursday  15,138 15,000
Friday  16,507 15,000
Saturday  16,919 15,000
Sunday  15,320 15,000
Total  109,536 105,000

Looking at the Numbers

The highest day of the week was Saturday with a total of 16,919 steps, while the lowest day was Thursday with 15,138 steps.

The total steps for the week were 109,536 which works out to an average of 15,648 steps per day across the week. This gives a total of 5,622,885 steps year to date.

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Walking Update – Week 46, 2017

Step Update for week 46 of 2017, 13th November 2017 to 19th November 2017.

Step Data

Day

Target

Steps

Monday  15,763 15,000
Tuesday  15,737 15,000
Wednesday  15,467 15,000
Thursday  15,084 15,000
Friday  16,227 15,000
Saturday  17,166 15,000
Sunday  17,064 15,000
Total  112,508 105,000

Looking at the Numbers

The highest day of the week was Saturday with a total of 17,166 steps, while the lowest day was Thursday with 15,084 steps.

The total steps for the week were 112,508 which works out to an average of 16,073 steps per day across the week. This gives a total of 5,513,349 steps year to date.

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