MOHT – Day 6 – 4/24/2015

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4:45am – Wake
5:45 – shower
6:10 – Breakfast for Austin
6:30 – wake austin
7:00 – leave for Good Day Atlanta shoot
7:30 – 9:30 – Good Day Atlanta
10:30 – Austin to school and into work
all day – Solaris Training
6 – Work out
7pm – Grocery store
8pm – dinner
9pm – reading
Today was a busy one! Woke at 4:45am, but very little accomplished, but we were on TV!

Austin had a little sleepover at the house last night which he was so exited about. He was a sleepy bird in the morning and did not want to go on tv or play basketball with the others. I had to bribe the little fella. But, he ended up having a great time.

Got into work at 10:30am, then had training all day.

At night, I was pooped. Drank 3 beers and relaxed. I did eat dinner at home. Ching!

Talked to Beau (made plans for Sunday), texted dad, talked to mom for a bit, called Brenna (no response, typical). I’m worried about mom. No word back from Rachel.

MOHT – Day 5 – 4/23/2015

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4:45am – wake
5:30am – gym UG!
7am – breakfast or work
9-12pm – 87 calls, but will most likely be closer to 35.
12pm – each lunch, take a walk.
4pm – Zoho and planning for next day

Woke at 5am. This seems to be getting easier.

I will have seen Austin 3 times by Saturday.

This morning, clean up the place and have his bed ready for tonight. Dinner – up to him! Watch a movie.

No workout this morning. It’s 7am now and I have done about 1 hour of work, planning for my day. I have eaten breakfast and packed my lunch for the day. I cleaned up a little for Austin.

On to work now. I’ll try to do some push ups and sit ups at the office. Take a look at the flights to Denver, Montreal and San Francisco. Text Brenda that I’ll be by around 7:30pm or so. Perhaps Austin should eat, but doesn’t have to do so.

New Joke:

What animal should never play cards?
A CHEET-AH!

I didn’t really hit my call list, but I accomplished some other things and still made some contacts. Zoho took me a little longer than I thought it would.

Picked up Austin around 6:30pm after having drinks with the people after work. He was so excited to sleep over. get to surprise him again this morning.

Interested conversations with Austin at Dinner. We covered:

– Who works at a restaurant?
– Should gay people be allowed to get married?
– Who will I marry? What would she look like? According to him, all boys get married. I will too.

Although this MOHT is turning into a kerfluffle, I am so proud of what I’m managing to accomplish:

– Up early
– Eating at home
– Planning my day, inserting structure
– Seeing Austin
– Talking to the family more

Work still to do.

Oh yeah, I’m worried about mom.

MOHT – Day 5 – 4/23/2015

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4:45am – wake
5:30am – gym UG!
7am – breakfast or work
9-12pm – 87 calls, but will most likely be closer to 35.
12pm – each lunch, take a walk.
4pm – Zoho and planning for next day

Woke at 5am. This seems to be getting easier.

I will have seen Austin 3 times by Saturday.

This morning, clean up the place and have his bed ready for tonight. Dinner – up to him! Watch a movie.

No workout this morning. It’s 7am now and I have done about 1 hour of work, planning for my day. I have eaten breakfast and packed my lunch for the day. I cleaned up a little for Austin.

On to work now. I’ll try to do some push ups and sit ups at the office. Take a look at the flights to Denver, Montreal and San Francisco. Text Brenda that I’ll be by around 7:30pm or so. Perhaps Austin should eat, but doesn’t have to do so.

MOHT – Day 4 – 4/22/2015

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4:45am – awake
6am – breakfast and reading at Waffle House
7am – Zoho and day planning
8:45am – 87 calls
12pm – lunch
4:30pm – 6pm – Zoho and paperwork
6:30pm – Workout
7:45pm – dry cleaners
8pm – Dinner, woodworking
9pm – clothes, clean, ready
9:45 – bed
Meals at home:
Last nights dinner – 1

Breakfast here – 2

Dinner here – 3

Had lunch at work.

18 calls before lunch. Worked a little on creating a schemes spreadsheet

Probably did 30 calls, but have to tally it up.

I was exhausted after work. Drank two beers. I think the pizza leveled me.

I decided to get changed, though I didn’t want to. Put a load of laundry in the washer, though I didn’t want to. Help my mom with her computer, though I didn’t want to.

Read about 30 pages in Lolita. Need to build up my reading.

I have called family members each day. Spoke to my mom three times, my sister once and my brother today. Also texted my dad. Texted Rachel as well and communicated with the ex-wife on Facebook.

After relaxing for the better part of two hours, I got to the store and bought bread. Made sandwiches and ate one.

20 pushups
30 crunches

No woodworking.

Had a sandwich with for dinner and packed my lunch for today. Updated my match support person with the Big Brothers. Checked my financials and, although I’m not pleased with my budgeting entirely this month, I am making serious dents in my debt. I continue to save and I began to reinvest in my retirement at a clip of about 5% a month. I’ll bump that up when I get my debt payed off next winter.

Maybe tomorrow eat something at 4pm to avoid the slump? Still tired from traveling?

MOHT – Day 3 – 4/21/2015

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Plan for the day

3am – awake
4am – 5:30 – planning, CRM logging
6am – breakfast
7am – shower and pack, cab
7:30am – read Lolita, cab to airport
8am -ride to airport
8:45am – calls at airport, 25 calls
10:40am – board
11am – 1pm (2pm) – flight, read, research finishing for Skansan Bench
2:45pm – Leave airport
3:15pm – office, run by Office Max to get poster board
3:45-4:30 – calls
4:30pm – 6pm – Zoho and paperwork
6:30pm – Home depot Johnson’s Ferry, 2″ x 12″x8′ cut down,
7:15pm – 8pm woodworking. Cut Skansan top, draw legs, cut legs, glue wedges up for mortises
8pm – Dinner
9pm – clothes, clean, ready
9:45 – bed
Awake at 3am! Timezones? Loaded calls into CRM. Listened to Christopher Hitchens memoirs on tape. Planning calls for the day. It’s about 5:15am right now. On to push ups and situps, reading Lolita and planning woodworking once I get my call list set up for the day.

20 pushups
30 crunches

6am breakfast, calls planned for the day. Reviewed other rep call volume from the last 120 days. Looks like Greg Smith makes the most calls, Brian makes the smartest calls.

Once I pile through the following lists and really get my feet wet, I’m going to hit the top 100 and start making appointments, lunches, happy hours.
* AHLA GA – 50
* AHLA TX – 100
* AHLA FL – 100
* Terri Ogletree’s Target List – 100
* NEWH Dallas – 250
* IHG US list – 4,000
* NEWH Orlando – 250
* Past BW Pluses

The above should take a month and half. Finish by June 5 – knee surgery — save for Holiday Inn calls, which will take until Halloween.

6:43am – 20 push ups and 30 crunches

I hit the cab at around 8am after doing some emails and research, assembling lists and such. Tallied up about 26 contacts in two days being out of town, which means yesterday morning was pretty productive and so was this afternoon.

When I got to the airport, I thought I was about 2.5 hours early for the plane. My mobile calendar app moves the times according to my time zone. Turns out, I just stupidly thought my flight was at 11am CMT. It was 10am. No worries, after I bounced stupidly through security (didn’t hear a TSA signalling me and got an unfriendly poke in the back, and I left my passport in the pocket for the old blue shirt pat down) I was only 1.5 hours early. I felt uncomfortable making sales calls. So, I dingled around for about an hour before we boarded.

Hit the ground around 1:30pm and went to grab a choice burger at US Cafe on Atlanta Road.

Hit work at 3ish and chatted with Keith and Brandon. Glad I did. Owned up to being flippant in an email and shouldn’t have been; Brandon told me about a lead. I get some leads that should be house accounts, but I don’t think there is harm in doing the leg work so house has more time to quote and project manage.

I had to go by Austin’s so that cut into my plans (though ambitious) to go by Home Depot and the cleaners. I made it to Office Max for the posterboard for my template and made it to the grocery store. When I got home, I just wanted to decompress and not woodwork or read. No matter. I chatted my roomies up and dranks some beers. No dinner, and I forgot the bread to make lunches, so I’m doing this now.

Planning for tomorrow begins.

Oh, I’ve failed at the following:

Drinking
Smoking
Caffeine
I read Lolita, but I dozed off a few times on the plane. I hope my rowmate didn’t mind because I think I snored like a champion.

I’ve done the following:

Made some sales calls, but not as many as I ambitiously budgeted
Done pushups and situps
Read
Ran errands
Moved quickly from task to task
Was focused for however long I was at work

Frankly, I’m a little sore and jetlagged. Let’s see how the morning goes and my planning of the day.

MOHT – Day 2 – 4/20/2015

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Woke at 4:45am, but snoozed until 6:45am. I’m still happy with waking up at 6:45am, but I know I can do better. About to read for 45 minutes and start to work. It’s 7:20am here.

There is no gym here, and it’s windy and cold outside. I’m going to do some push ups and sit ups in the room.

10 pushups
30 crunches

Tomorrow, no workout because of a lack up gym. Try to get in hotel room workout.

Tonight, try to get in bed by 10pm, but that might not be possible.

10 push ups
30 crunches

11:23am

10 push ups
30 crunches

9 calls.

10 pushups
30 crunches

4 beers

I didn’t get around to reading, but I was pleased with the calls that I made in the morning. The show went well and I was able to meet some people that would be good to know including the President and CEO.

In bed around 9:30pm, medicine again gave me trouble.

MOHT – Day 1 – 4/19/2015

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Ok. I can’t live without coffee.

I am determined to quit smoking. If I only achieve that, it will be worth it.

Flight time to Minneapolis 2 hours 34 minutes.

Got into the hotel early. About 11am. Typed around for awhile, charged phone. Inspected drapes. Read the story on the 120 Paperclip Challenge.

And I smoked. and I drank. I’m not disheartened though. Just keep tackling. Don’t get down, just think about the possibilities and the pride I will feel.

Got in bed around 10:30am, medicine was giving me trouble.

Smoked about 5 cigarettes after 1pm.

MOHT – Mind

Read 12 books

  1. Lolita – Vladamir Nabakov
  2. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  3. How Green Was My Valley – Richard Llewellyn
  4. Wild – Cheryl Strayed
  5. The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
  6. Endurance – Alfred Lansing
  7. Talent is Overrated – Geoff Colvin
  8. Rights of Man – Thomas Paine
  9. Thomas Jefferson – Christopher Hitchens
  10. Darkness at Noon – Koestler
  11. On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin
  12. The System of the World – Isaac Newton
Meditate 30 minutes per day
Watch zero TV, except on Saturdays
Learn a new joke each day

MOHT – Social

Go on at least four dates

Play golf, have drinks or lunches with 8 friends
  1. Golf with Coleman 4/26
  2. Drinks with Michael 4/27
  3. Drinks with Ben ?
  4. Drinks or lunch with UR crew
  5. Drinks or lunch with Brian
  6. Drinks or lunch with  Steven
  7. Drinks or lunch with  Dana
  8. Drinks or dinner with Nick
  9. Lunch or Dinner with Isabelle
Reach out to at least one friend a week that I haven’t heard from
  1. Steven
  2. Brian
  3. Dana
  4. Patrick
Visit a new place around town twice per week. Sunday and Tuesday
Oakwood Cemetery
Iberian Pig
MLK Site
Atlanta History Center
High Museum
Braves Game
Cyclorama
ASO
Center of Human and Civil Rights
Lakewood
Football Hall of Fame
Fernbank
CNN Studio Tour
Legoland
Carlos Museum
Six Flags
Skyview
Fox
Varsity
Zoo Atlanta
Strike up a conversation with a stranger once per day
Easy to do.
Plan two trips this year
 
Montreal in the Fall or next summer?
Colorado/Denver
San Francisco

 

MOHT – Family & Service

Call a family member each day, tell them I love them
6pm on ride home from work. Before dinner on Saturdays and Sundays

See Austin 10 times
 
Soccer: 8 times. 2 other times. Maybe an event at KSU?

Volunteer at two new places
Cobb Humane Society
Boys and Girls Club?

Write letters to Hawks, Falcons, Braves, Georgia-based athletes and celebs for Austin’s #whenIwasyoung challenge
 
Assemble names, make notes for each person, find addresses to send letters, find twitter handles, write letters, buy stamps, drop in the mail on May 31st.