August Recap

Where did August go?  Where did the summer go?  I am now two-thirds of the way through the Happiness Project.

It was a really good month.  Got a lot done while taking time off to relax.   I had some extra time off saved up so I spent time with the boys as the summer was winding down.

There’s the resolution recap.

Use Bullet Journal / Write it down

My Favorite resolution this month.  No longer am I trying to find important bits of information on random pieces of paper that are destined for the washing machine or garbage.  Using the index helps me find everything super fast

Buy Needful Things

This month I tried to turn down my impulsivity  and only make smart purchase decisions on things that were needed or useful.

I did pretty good according in my credit card statement.  Shopped at the grocery store more,  bought household items at a discount at the flea market.  Did some Christmas shopping early for the boys.

I think I will buy one of those 16 hour battery packs for my phone that has the problem of charging too slow and dying too fast.  Which is a throw back to an earlier resolution.  Indulge in a modest splurge. 

Balance August

I looked back at August’s blog posts and was happy to see that I did not do a lot of travel this month.  If you recall, by the end of July I was burnt out from running around.  Rushing around all day and then finding somewhere new to explore and write about everyday took all the fun out of it.

Instead, I just took a couple of days a week to explore.  The rest of the days I relaxed close to home and worked on some other projects.

I did visit some nice places.  Downtown Albany, Fillmore Glen State Park, and The Americana Village.  To name few.

Eat a Proper Breakfast

Did pretty well here.  I still indulge in a morning pizza now and again.    Read more by clicking the link below

Breaking Bad Habits : Eating a proper breakfast

Plan out travel details

Details like the weather, or parking, or if a venue was right for kids used to evade my thinking.   While I still make bad family destination decisions from time to time.  I have gotten a lot better.  At least I remember to bring jackets, bug spray, and sun screen.

 Cross Train

Read the link below about more experience doing push ups and crunches this month.    I’m doing my push ups right now in between writing.

52 Cards : Core Workout Card Game

Use Hyperactivity to your advantage

If you read my blog yesterday, you would have read my reveal of my recent ADHD diagnosis which goes back to last months resolution of Ask for Help. 

Restaurant management is a perfect job for someone that is hyperactive.  And if anyone has worked with me in the present or in the past you can see me running around like a crazy man.  In the course of 10 minutes I can do 10 different jobs doing 10 different tasks.

My key to getting things done and not spinning in circles is to write tasks down, break them up into small chunks, and do a little bit, then more on to something else, then come back to it.

I know it’s very introspective but I feel like on got a more than usual amount of tasks done at work and at home

Plan Ahead  Order Spare Parts

Working in a restaurant results in a lot of unforeseen expenses.  As well as a lot of unforeseen human error.  Glasses and dishes get broken.  Silverware gets thrown away.   Light bulbs get  stolen.  Dead serious.

Unfortunately if you don’t have a steady back up then you don’t realize you are low on these items until you don’t have enough.

So this month, when I placed my weekly supply order.  I would order a few extra things to keep as back up.  My staff isn’t used to it so they don’t know to look.  But I know it there.  Which is probably a good thing.


Author: billshappinessproject

I was near the end of 2016 when I realized that my life was totally out of balance. I was 30 and I was working my life away. I did not have strong relationships with my wife, family, or friends. It was around this time that I came across THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin. It was then that I decided to launch my own year long project towards personal happiness for the entire year of 2017.

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