Day Zero Reboot: Week 5

The List:

It is so easy to get off-track when you’re not focused.

Unfortunately, I did lose my focus these past couple of weeks. It started with me thinking that I could get away with skipping out on just one update so that I could go to North Carolina the week of July 14-16. While I don’t regret the trip, I do regret the mental laziness because it started me down the wrong path.

But I have to give some credit to my supervisor here. She issued a two-week weight loss challenge this week, and despite me knowing there is no way I can win it (it’s based on percentages, which is fair but puts me at a disadvantage), I recognized it for the opportunity it was. Re-focusing on one item reminds me that I have a good routine developed — if I can simply stick to it.

That is the plan for this next week. And, even off-track, I’ve made a few accomplishments.

29. Finish dental restorations.

I got the next two on the (still depressingly long) list done on July 19th. These two were right next to each other, so it was easier to do them together. I also made an appointment to have another set of restorations done on September 12th.

60. Pay off at least one credit card.

I can’t quite scratch this one off the list yet, but I did use a fund payout to put serious dents into all of my credit cards; at this point, I’m now below 50% of the maximum balance on one, and expect to be below 50% of the maximum on all of them by the end of next week. I also took time to set up a budget that should keep me from using the credit cards very often.

99. Make a weekly update each Saturday.

This one definitely won’t get scratched off the list, since I’ve missed two weeks. But I should still be able to get it at least 90% done, and we’ll set that as a goal.

100. Inspire someone else to do a Day Zero project.

Here’s one I didn’t think I ever would scratch off the list! But, this past Thursday, one of my writer friends turned to me and mentioned that it can be hard to write a list of 101 tasks; she has about 70, but is still looking for the rest. I admitted to her that it took me two weeks to write the list I’m working on now, and encouraged her to keep going. You can do it, Zhelana! I can’t wait to see your list when you’re done with it!

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