September 2020 Retrospective

September 2020 Retrospective

Published September 10, 2020
David Nguyen


  • Passed the AZ-204 exam!
  • Tracking 25% more hours on Toggl (140 hours vs 176 hours)
  • Switched my daily journal to Notion and journaled every day
  • Woke up at 6:30 am every day except 1 day in September (29 out of 30 days)

Last Month's Goal

  • 💎 - Take and pass Microsoft AZ-204 exam
My one goal for September was to take and pass the Microsoft AZ-204 exam. I'm happy to announce... I did it! So that feels amazing because I put so much time and effort into it. I'm currently looking over my tasks list and it looks like I got a lot done. I read two books, finished a speech for Toastmasters, and passed my exam. I also started meeting up with Yannick to discuss the future of Ms. Menu. That said, I did push a couple of things back, like writing my blog.. I definitely could have done more, but this is a great start!
The reason why I said I could have done more is because I usually spent 1–2 hours studying for the exam, but I don't think I completed much outside of that. I guess reading did take up a lot of time. Actually, no need to second guess. Let's look over Toggl.
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Never mind. After seeing this, I felt like I did a decent job. There are 160 hours in a month, if you work 40 hours a week. I clocked 176 hours. That said, a big chunk of it was personal time, which I don't consider to be very productive. I also could have logged more time. If I did 8 hours x 7 days x 4 weeks, it's 220 hours. That's my next goal.
Another note, the Study project is loaded this month because I grouped together reading and studying for AZ-204. In the future, it won't be as large because I don't have an exam to study for. Also, Personal is grouped up with a bunch of random things. I reorganized Toggl this month. So, in the future, it should be better organized.
Overall, I'm happy with the results. This is just the beginning. I only started tracking my time in March. I'm only going to get better at it.

Next Month's Goal

  • 💎 - Get 1 Freelancing Client, Contract Job, or FTE
Again, for next month, I only have one goal. I'm keeping it at one because I want to keep it simple. I'll probably add more goals down the line, but for now I don't want to overwhelm myself. Also, I want to work on focus. I want laser-like focus.
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Well, that is it from me. I'm excited and hopeful for the future. Which feels amazing because it has been a while. ☮