19 Improvements the Buffer Team is Working on This Week

Jun 4, 2014 6 min readWorkplace of the future
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Courtney Seiter

Former Director of People @ Buffer


The entire Buffer team starts each week fresh with new goals—both work and personal.

One of Buffer’s 10 values is a focus on self-improvement, and it’s a lot of fun to share our personal improvement goals and cheer each other on each week with our daily pair calls.

Improvement goals can be almost anything, from exercise and eating better to home projects to learning a new language to listening more. Since we all receive free Kindles (and Kindle books) and a Jawbone UP, there’s generally a lot of emphasis on reading, getting enough “steps in” and getting enough sleep.

To keep track of who’s working on what and how we’re all doing on our improvements, we write down our weekly goals in a document that we made public a while ago and are now going to begin sharing here each week on the blog. :)

We’d love to hear what your improvement goals are, too—tell us about them in the comments!

Here’s what we’re working on this week:

Niel– This week I’m finally getting back into running after a two week cold/cough induced hiatus. I’m stepping it up with 2 x 7kms and then one 10km. :)

Rodolphe – This week will be about meditation, looking at 4 sessions this week, also 1 manual notebook entry, and keeping up my 15-20min before bed fiction reading time! :-) I’ll also try to spend more time outside – the indoor city life takes its tale!

Octavio – This week will be a bit irregular compared to the last ones in terms of setting up sort of defined schedule, so it seems it’ll be a bit complicated to create a plan to follow and stick to. I wanto pick up the reading habit again, in the last couple of weeks I had a hard time trying to find a time to read, which led me to completely putthing that aside. I’ve started with the right foot this week, dedicating a time to read for two days in a row. :)

Dave – My daily steps have slipped slightly and I would like to refocus on that, by extending my daily walk on my non-running days. Good sleep, physical activity and nutrition feel like the foundation of all other improvements so they are where my attention will remain this week. I’ve been so pleased to get a three day streak with my sleep goal last week! (8hrs felt like such a challenge at first) Steadily the earlier bed times have become more normal and I’ve had some great tips and advice from the team in getting to this stage, especially Patrik’s sleep trick! I am still working on my French language skills too and trying to read more.

Mary – I’m spending the next two weeks in Kansas City and am excited to spend time with my parents, sisters and nephew. My suitcase routines (routines while living out of my suitcase) that feel most important to hold on to are running (4x/week), reading (every night before bed) and drinking lots of water. I’m also reviving my letter writing and going to start with 1/week this time.

Kevin – My first week here at Buffer and it already feels awesome! This week I’ll focus on getting to the gym at least three times a week again. I also want to familiarize myself better with Python so I’ve started on a Python plugin for Sublime Text 3. I’d like to set a goal to finish that plugin at the end of this week.

Adam – Looking forward to getting another week underway. Though I struggled a bit to find a consistent time to get 30 minutes of Code Academy in during the evening, I was able to spend more time last week working on it than previous weeks. I was really happy with how easily it was able to get moving when I didn’t have to review as much. This week I am going to look to increase the frequency a bit more. In addition, this will be the second week of tracking my runs, consistent weight training, and sticking to proper nutrition.

Tom – Well it’s my first week here at Buffer, and I look forward to many new beginnings this week. One of which, from a personal improvement perspective, is to get the gym – midday! – at least three times. I’ve been an on-and-off gym-goer for a few years now, but I’m yearning to get back into a regular routine, specifically going in the middle of the day instead of in the evening. Finishing up work later in the day and not having to “still go to the gym” is something I’m looking forward to!

Daniel – Focusing this week on writing some blog posts and taking advantage of the beautiful weather to grab some pictures. Can’t wait to get out and see what I can explore in Louisville to get some great shots :-)

Colin – Improvements have been thin on the ground for me lately, so I’m keen to get back into the swing of things. Something I’ve been meaning to do for a while is focus on the Buffer values. So, for this week and the next, I’m planning on one per day. http://www.slideshare.net/Bufferapp/buffer-culture-04

Courtney – I think it’s finally time for a month-long improvement goal! I got inspired by this article about living in a more minimalist way to try to remove one material possession from my life every day this month. I hope this will be an interesting exercise in priorities and gratitude; thinking I might blog about it as well. :) While that’s ongoing, I also want to up my step count this week. My goal is 6,000 at least 4 days this week.

Leo – Excited for my first proper week back in SF. There’re 2 goals I have for this one. I want to get back into a full meditation routine with 5 sessions in the office after lunch every day. And I’m also aiming for a full gym routine with 4 sessions again this week after a slight disruption with travelling last week. I’ll still be moving furniture this week a bit, so don’t want to overdo it and set myself up for disappointment. Excited to see how things’ll go.

Nicole – This week I’d like to focus on the basics: more sleep, more steps. I’d like to start my day earlier without sacrificing much-needed sleep, so it’s off to bed at an earlier hour. :-) Also, while I can maintain a better step count on weekends, I want to up that during the work week, which means taking breaks to do more walking. I’m going to shoot for at least 7,500 steps each day this week, when I generally average 4,000.

Kevan – I had a really fun experience eating vegetarian last month! I think I might even continue with a 90/10 vegetarian menu for the foreseeable future. I just finished a book about skill development, and I’m excited to put a bit of it into practice. The book encouraged “desiring difficulty,” which basically means to push yourself into the sweet spot between comfortable and insanely difficult. With that in mind, I’ve got a couple goals: Make every word count in my writing, and increase reps in my daily exercise.

Patrik – I’ve been really happy with my sleep progress over the last three weeks so I’m looking forward to transitioning to my new goal of getting into a regular workout routine. I’ve already started to fit in regular walks in the afternoon around the neighborhood thanks to Carolyn’s advice, so I want to step that up (hoh!) to include 20-30 minutes in the gym each day. :)

Joel – My plan this week is to get back almost into my ideal flow. That includes kicking my daily gym and meditation habits back into action. Still taking it slightly easier, next week I plan to hit the throttle full-speed ahead :) The other plan is to do a blog post this weekend and start weekly blogging again.

Dan – Continuing my no sweets/excess sugar 30 day challenge, now 1 week in. I didn’t think I craved sweets/sugar as often as I do. Eating at home more has definitely helped this out! Trying to continue to get my steps and/or biking activity in each day. I haven’t been pushing myself enough on this lately. It’s too often that the clock turns 2 or 3pm and I’ve just been head-down in work all morning. Hoping to break it up a bit this week.

Carolyn – I’m focusing on health this week in advance of traveling and things being a whirlwind for a few weeks. That means I’m continuing with Intermittent Fasting (breakfast happens 14 hours from the last evening meal) and gym. I’m experimenting with “2-a-days” this week which means a short workout in the morning and another one at lunch. My goal is to do this every day except Thursday.

Åsa – This week is all about routine and I have started planning my days a lot more in my calendar. Therefore adding almost all activities (including social things, gym, runs etc). I have felt a little bit like I have been chasing my tail lately and I’m hoping this will increase the sense of contentment at the end of each day. Also started using Wunderlist instead of papernotes. Also focusing on sleeping 8 hours each night, normally hit around 7hours 30 min so not there just yet.

Want to share your own improvement goals? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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