As I suspected, having something defined to do with minimal barrier to get started was the trick for luring myself away from working 24/7. I streamed for another couple of hours this week and all I could think of was "wow, I would have been all over this if Twitch were around when I was a kid playing hours and hours and hours of The Sims." Luckily for me, however, I still have the chance.

I continued to play Bloons 6 this week. Even though I don't find the game particularly exciting, I have a group of people who return for my streams and are excited to play along. I would love to play another game - there are a few I know nad love, but I learned pretty quickly, though, that my laptop is not equipped to handle gameplay and strreaming.

I spent a lot of my off hours trying to learn about streaming on Macs and if there were any workarounds. I upended my entire desk trying to get my Nintendo Switch playing through my laptop in hopes that offloading the gaming would improve stream quality. It turns out that Macs don't really give you the level of power or control you need, which is not really a surprise, but annoying nonetheless. My goal throughout this has been to try not to spend any money on this hobby because I have a tendency to go all-in, but upon reaching the wall of either buying a PC or giving up on streaming altogether, I decided to go for the happy medium to see if I could hedge a bit. I dusted off a giftcard I hadn't found a purpose for and bought a capture card that should let me connect the Switch to stream through my laptop. I hope. It'll be delivered this week.

Things were going generally well until I hit a wall on Wednesday. I was exhausted for no apparent reason. By about 4PM I gave up, plopped on the couch, and vegetated in front of the TV for hours. I don't even know what I watched. It was just there for the noise. I ended up going to bed at 9:30 or so and slept for 10 hours.

Thursday and Friday went by in a blur - I had meetings from 9-9 on Thursday and Friday, after I finished work, I was fried and plopped on the couch yet again. The weekend was a combination of blizzard, fighting with streaming software and cables, TV, and shoveling. Lots and lots of shoveling.

On the whole, despite being exhausted, the week did feel a bit more balanced and I seem to have found something that keeps my brain entertained, helps me socialize a bit more, and gets me to try something new. It ticks all the boxes, so now it's a matter of whether this new capture card will help and I can continue down this road.

Weekly Review:

  • I wasn't hungry for breakfast every day this week, so on the days where I wasn't, I made a green smoothie instead of eggs so I at least had something in me and got all the healthy bits taken care of.
  • I spent at least 4 hours out shoveling 20"+ of snow, so I'll chalk that up to enough exercise for the weekend.
  • I did pretty well not working outside of the hours I'd planned.

Wins for the week:

  • So much snow. I love snow.
  • Still no 'rona. And I managed to find at-home tests in the store.
  • I cooked the thing I'd planned, which worked out well for the snowy weekend.
  • After tomorrow, I'll have gone the whole month of January without candy. I'll be taking a break for at least the first few weeks of February because Valentine's Day candy. I'm considering doing Candy Saturdays going forward after I learned about the Swedish practice of lördagsgodis. I love candy, so the idea of never having it again isn't really palatable. All-you-can-eat-candy-Saturdays sounds right up my alley and a good balance.
  • I streamed 3 days, exceeding my goal of 2. So far so good.

Mehs for the week:

  • I felt pretty burnt out in general.
  • I'm finding myself missing travel a bit.
  • I had a bunch of pretty long work days with EMEA and APAC bookend calls.

Changes for next week:

  • Last week didn't really set itself up for timeboxing because meetings ran so late that when I was done, I was done. This week is looking more reasonable, so I'm going to try it out this week.
  • Try planning/scheduling every day. Even if it's just which TV show to watch after work and what to order on Doordash. See if having something planned helps.

Goals for next week:

  • Stream at least twice. If the new capture card doesn't work, think through what to do next.
  • Set a timer for my after-work 1-hour timebox every day. Track when I've exceeded it.
  • Eat real food - I skipped HelloFresh again this week because I have a few work events that are providing meals.
  • Stay 'rona-free.