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December Daily: December 4, 2016

So it’s a little bit inaccurate to call this series December Daily, since I’m technically starting on the fourth of the month. However, I do plan on posting daily during this month. These are not really going to be long posts. They are an exercise in routine, a demonstration of accountability, and also to give people a peek into my days. Lots of people wonder what I do. What does this work from home business even look like.

A Month(ish) In The Life

Well, for the longest time, I belonged to the memory-keeping world – scrapbooking, etc. And we have a project called A Day In the Life, where you keep meticulous track of everything you do on one day and then you document it. Often as blog posts, a small scrapbook, or a couple Project Life layouts, etc. So consider this A Month(ish) in the Life. Except it won’t be meticulous, more broad, and only documented on this blog.

It’s Sunday night, 10:27PM and in the back of my mind I’m going, crap crap crap, it’s already past my bed time. I’ve been aiming to get to bed by 9, because that means I can get up early and accomplish more than just work in my day. It’s kind of hard, though. Years of going to bed after midnight, typically being a night owl, and always resisting the idea of going early to bed – not so easy to break, these habits formed over many years. However, I’m trying. I’ve even started to take the occasional melatonin pill to help, and it actually works.

I worked about 3.5 hours today, coding a lead page for a client, and I’m hoping to finalize it tomorrow. It’s mostly complete, however the intake form – which is the action people are supposed to take after reading the lead page is posing a bit of a challenge for me. I’m creating a form that needs dynamic population of data that is dependent on which call-to-action button the reader clicks. I’m using AJAX to switch the value of a variable, however, I’ve never done this with Gravity Forms before, so it’s a new experience, and I’m not even entirely sure if this is the best way to do it.

I didn’t spend too much time thinking about it though, because it’s just a fancy way of doing it, and if push comes to shove, I’ll do it the old fashioned way. The problem with the old fashioned way is that it means the code I write will be tailored to this specific lead page. If you know me, you know that I don’t like to create specific use-case code unless absolutely necessary. I’m a fan of creating functionality that can adapt to the changing needs of a client.

It’s one of the first things I want to tackle tomorrow – aside from the other 34 tasks in Todoist (my team‘s task management app of choice) and the two meetings I have tomorrow.

Okay, it’s 10:35PM, I super need to go to bed.