November 1st, 2021 – 1,132

Being back in the office makes such a huge difference to my mental health. As much as I love my job, the erosion of boundaries during the last 20 months has been the most disruptive part of this whole wretched experience, more so than having to move over and over again. Getting a working routine that re-establishes my ability to go into the office has been the dream for a long time, but I now think I am on the verge of pulling it off. Now of course, it’s not even the first time I’ve written a sentence beginning with a variation on “Now of course, it’s not even the first time I’ve written…”, so I am aware how many times I’ve fallen flat on my face.

The reason I think this time is different, is I have a far better habit management tool than I used to. I’ve been meaning to use a habit tracker that works on a larger scale than one day for a while now, because as good as the BuJo is, it offers limited perspective outside of collections. Now yes, that’s the point, you’re supposed to have habit tracking pages, but the simple problem is I don’t find it easy to dig those out of a paper journal because of, well, the paper problem. The software I’ve been using has helped, but I am now looking at replicating that in Google Docs, so I can have my tracker on any device at a moment’s notice. I will still try to make time for review at the Million Desk because that reflection is where the most value from this tracker comes from, but if I won’t use Scrivener for its inflexibility, why would I incorporate an even more inflexible tool?

Not quite ready to sign off WHT C33 as cleared in the edit just yet, but it’s near as makes no difference, so this edit is on the home stretch. That edit, my work queue and indeed the broader series are all drawing to a close, albeit there’s a good year left in the latter’s first drafts yet. Starting to look ahead to what the next part of my life has to hold, and what I’m going to need to do to build a sustainable future. Stability for the near future is going to be the key though. I hope I can keep it.