2021 Q1 Review

2021 Q1 Review

Before we get to the Q1 2021 review, let’s take a quick look back at the planning.

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Horse artillery defiling downhill, The illustrated Australian, December 2, 1874.
Wood engraving by Ebenezer and David Syme via State Library Victoria

Planning 2021

So. According to my random, and tongue in cheek horoscope selections, 2021 is going to feature the clash of innovation and tradition.

Here in Australia, politically, that’s certainly been the case, but no early Probyn style calls on it being another year god forgot.

For me, a good year for love, friends, career and intensive psychotherapy! And given how tired and flat I feel, there might be something in the psychotherapy prediction.

Anyhow, this year my plan is to take it one day at a time, and work with priorities:

  1. Husband
  2. Health
  3. Writing

Q1 2021 Review

1. Husband

  • Cooking his favourite meals.
  • Sharing his concerns.
  • Doing the chores that annoy him the most when they don’t get done.

Not planning to share much about this here, because, well, it’s private. But I am still married.

2. Health

  • Walk every morning before breakfast.
  • Prepare healthy lunches at breakfast.
  • Slowly give up meat and sugar.

The last quarter has included a bunch of health follow-ups. Don’t have cancer, stroke is doing fine, had some baby skin cancers burned off, nine years post-transplant is not doing too badly, finally got my performance-enhancing drugs (known around here as Hamster Juice Injections).

I’ve done pretty well for walking most days, but not doing so well on lunches. Manging a lot of meat-free meals, but having a lot of sugar cravings which I put down to lacking energy.

3. Writing

  • Write every day.
  • Write first thing in the morning.
  • Finish one thing, then write the next.

I’ve been struggling with the writing, and a good part of that is being so tired all the time. In the meantime, I’m trying to write at least 30 minutes a day in the morning when I am freshest, and I have some “exercises” I can run through when I run out of ideas.

Despite how hard I’ve found it, I reached my top three word counts in January (22,396), and two best words/hour in January and March (303 and 678).

  • 85 day streak
  • Wrote 55,054 words
  • Wrote 13 short stories


It’s been a mixed bag, but I’m certainly proving that if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything else either.

I know that I’m feeling a bit down about the quarter, but I also know that one night’s good sleep will change that in an instant. And looking back, I’ve made some good progress in some areas of my life.

At the moment, taking it a day at a time is working for me. When the universe settles a bit more, it might be possible to plan further ahead.

How was your Q1 2021?

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