The Pits: Right off the bat, we woke up to 2018 and neither of our cars would start; our refrigerator’s ice cube maker wasn’t making any ice; we had several lightbulbs go out. Happy New Year, Boswells! BAM!
The Peaks: I was able to get the cars started (turned out the batteries needed to be charged), the ice maker fixed, the lightbulbs replaced, and Traci’s side of the garage cleaned up enough for her to park in.
I went through an exercise recommended by Tim Ferriss where I went through the past year, week by week, and made a list of the Positive and Negative people, events, and things. Fortunately, the Piccal is idea for this kind of exercise. The idea is to try and spend more time on things from the Positive column than the Negative column. “Conference Calls” was without a doubt the top thing on my Negative list. I can guarantee you, if I’ve somehow gotten wrangled into a a conference call, I don’t want to be on it. I’m not sure how I can avoid these all the time, but we’ll see how I’m able to do with the rest of the list as the year progresses.