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Gregory Johnson – Personal Update 201312

Gregory Paul Johnson – Personal Update 201312 | 31 December 2013 | Tuesday Greetings, Happy New Year! Here’s my personal update for December 2013. Life in Real-Time. Heading into the coming year, I’ve already implemented many life in real-time practices. For receipt scanning, I use the Neat Mobile app and NeatCloud storage to save images of receipts instantly. Rather than waiting for receipts and other documents to pile up, I’m scanning them in real-time at the moment of purchase. So, at any moment, my financial paperwork is 100% organized, scanned, and instantly searchable. I use FitBit as my wellness tracking system to log nutrition, daily activity, and sleep analysis. So, at any moment, I can view progress charts. I’ve developed a spreadsheet app to track my auto mileage, so at tax time, or any time, it’s easy to press a button instantly see the breakdown of business and personal vehicle use. I’m using a time tracking system (called Eternity) that allows me at the push of a button to see a pie chart representing how my time is being invested in a given day, week, or month. This helps track and report on my billable client time — which is increasingly fragmented in short sessions with many people rather than a few longer sessions. Time accounting is also necessary for tracking workplace efficiency and job security (e.g. justifying one’s existence). For this reason, many institutions are requiring employees to track how time is spent (such as some departments at the University of Iowa and UIHC). Tracking personal time helps identify inefficiencies, and align time expenditures with work or personal goals....
Gregory Johnson – Personal Update 201311

Gregory Johnson – Personal Update 201311

Gregory Paul Johnson – Personal Update 201311 | 8 December 2013 | Sunday Greetings, Here’s my personal update for November 2013. Delayed Newsletter. It’s been over 10 years that I’ve been sending out these personal updates, and 14+ years of sending out my monthly Resources For Life newsletters. It’s rare that I wouldn’t get one sent out in any given month. This past month, we were about a week without reliable Internet service at our home after the storm that went through. Multiple providers were having issues, and even my own mobile hotspot was having performance and signal strength issues. So, I just postponed a lot of my work including the newsletter. It doesn’t take a lot of time to get it done, but it does take a moment of uninterrupted and focused attention which just didn’t seem to materialize this past month. I think also my choice not to get it done was a Buddhist-like desire to detach from the stress and pressure of feeling it must get completed by the end of the month. Over this past year, I’ve been writing and posting these updates on the last day of the month — which sometimes gets a bit dicey depending on what other commitments may arise. This month I hope to get the December newsletter sent out earlier. Internet Wiring Issues. As mentioned above, the storm that went through the midwest last month disrupted our Internet service. Coinciding with the storm, a coaxial splitter in the wall failed. We didn’t discover this until later in the week. It turns out that the wiring that delivers our Internet...
Gregory Johnson – Personal Update 201310

Gregory Johnson – Personal Update 201310

Gregory Paul Johnson – Personal Update 201310 | 31 October 2013 | Thursday Greetings, Here’s my personal update for October 2013. There’s not much new to report. Facebook. If we’re not already connected on Facebook, please visit my Facebook page and send me a friend request. I’ve been using Facebook to post photos and links to content. Wellness. I usually have my interests and attention fairly spread around, but lately with a desire to loose some weight, I’ve been focusing more on fitness, nutrition, and overall wellness. About two years ago I developed a wellness tracking spreadsheet that works like a data entry system for the iPad and iPhone (or any other mobile device with spreadsheet capabilities). When using the spreadsheet on the iPad or iPhone (Numbers by Apple), I’m able to create a form for input that makes it easy to track all aspects of wellness. This feature is unique to the iPad and iPhone. With the tracking system, it’s possible to pick a specific health characteristic to measure and chart over time, like blood pressure, for example. Then, following diet and lifestyle changes, it’s possible to produce the desired results with positive feedback. It’s possible to have significant control over blood pressure, resting pulse, body pH, body temperature, percent body fat, weight, blood oxygen levels, and blood glucose levels all through diet and exercise. Progress can be measured at home using inexpensive home testing kits. In this way, it’s possible to create a customized program for your own body that produces the results you seek. I’m planning to continue improving the system, and hopefully getting some long-term beneficial...
Gregory Johnson – Personal Update 201309

Gregory Johnson – Personal Update 201309

Gregory Paul Johnson – Personal Update 201309 | 30 September 2013 | Monday Dear Friend, Here’s my personal update for September 2013. There’s not much new to report. Facebook. If we’re not already connected on Facebook, please visit my Facebook page and send me a friend request. I’ve been using Facebook to post photos and links to content. Writings. I’ve posted many articles on the site recently. You can see them listed by title in the right column under recent posts, or view the most recent articles on the main page of the RFL website. Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do. ~ Gregory FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestTumblrGoogleMorePocketRedditPrintEmailLike this:Like...
Gregory Johnson – Personal Update 201308

Gregory Johnson – Personal Update 201308

Gregory Paul Johnson – Personal Update 201308 | 31 August 2013 | Saturday Dear Friend, Here’s my personal update for August 2013. Facebook. If we’re not already connected on Facebook, please visit my Facebook page and send me a friend request. I’ve been using Facebook to post photos and links to content. Writings. I’ve posted many articles on the site recently. You can see them listed by title in the right column under recent posts, or view the most recent articles on the main page of the RFL website. Wellness. As I mentioned last month, I’m trying to invest more time and energy on fitness, nutrition, and wellness. I’ve been finding the FitBit system one of the best overall tools for wellness tracking and motivation. Like other systems, it only fails when I fail to use it. I’m hoping to write more in the months ahead about wellness. Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do. ~ Gregory FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestTumblrGoogleMorePocketRedditPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Gregory Johnson – Personal Update 201307

Gregory Paul Johnson – Personal Update 201307 | 31 July 2013 | Wednesday Dear Friend, Here’s my personal update for July 2013. Facebook. If we’re not already connected on Facebook, please visit my Facebook page and send me a friend request. I’ve been using Facebook to post photos and links to content. From Third Person to First Person. Over the years, whenever I’ve looked at books, websites, and other content, I’ve noticed that people write about themselves in third person for their own bios and other materials. So, following the example of others, on my personal web page, I used the more formal and distant third person to describe myself. For some time I’ve been meaning to correct this. On the websites I’ve launched in recent years, I’ve been writing in first person, but I’d not yet revised my bio pages. So, that’s now corrected. Web Design. I’ve been taking on some fairly large and time consuming website projects. I really enjoy the work and hope to have more of it. Wellness. My main focus right now that’s consuming almost all of my time is fitness, nutrition, exercise, and overall wellness. I typically have four “workouts” per day which include a morning walk/hike/run of 30-60 minutes. After that, I ride my bicycle to the office. At the end of the day I ride my bicycle home, and have an evening walk. Then I shower before bed. I’m also tracking my water intake and calories of all food consumed. As you might imagine, doing this 7 days a week has become a part-time job and leaves little time for anything else....
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