2018 Volume 1
- Go to gym 1-2 times per week - I succeeded at this one for the week! I went to the gym twice after deciding on a schedule that works for me and my family.
- Read 1-2 strategic thinking books - I think a good first start will be this month’s Guild pick - Principles by Ray Dalio. I’ll be buying it this weekend with a goal of finishing before Feb 1st.
- Get up between 5:30-6:00am each day - I really only decided on this goal a few days ago. I know the major obstacle to this is not going to bed early enough. The other major obstacle is a baby on the way. I’m interested to see how I’ll handle the baby coming and still trying to get up. I’m sure I will sleep later when I can shortly after the baby comes. I wonder how long that will be until we’re comfortable enough for me to get up early again.
- This week: Body - As stated above, it was a smashing success!
- Next week: Intellect - I want to spend more time next week learning about strategy.
Weekly Wins - Next Week
- Read 150 pages in Principles
- Worked out 1-2 times
- Spent morning time in reflection and prayer - my mornings have primarily been focused on reading, so I want to take this a step further.
- Pre-planned, pre scheduled workouts. When I have a plan, a way to track it, and set aside time to do something, I’ll get it done every time.
- My annual review - Currently sitting at over 2,000 typed words, and that’s just the personal portion. I am going to get some time set aside with my wife to go through items for our family. It’s been highly valuable, and really only took a couple of hours to do once I got going. I’ve gotten clarity for the upcoming year just by doing this.
- Giving myself clear focus - by forcing myself to clarify what I want to do in 2018 very specifically, I feel more motivated and hopeful for the year. Obviously things could change at any time, so I’m holding my goals loosely, but I’ll pursue them until they have to change.
- Twitter on my phone. I’ll talk more about that below.
- Reacting to changes instead of giving myself time to think. For example, due to some family activities tonight, I had to change my weekly review routine today. I was not happy about it at first and was doing my best to hold onto it as it normally happens. However, after an hour or so, I had an idea which worked extremely well and compromised on what I wanted and what my family needed. If I don’t react to changes, give myself 5 minutes, and think of a way to bring the conflict together, I can usually find a very easy resolution. I just have to stay conscious of that.
- Getting going too late. I function best when I have margin in the mornings. There was a day or two this week where that margin was minimal, and I felt it all day long.
Interesting Thoughts from Week
As I may have talked about here before, my #1 strength on CliftonStrengths is Input. I like lots of streams of information coming at me. That is, until I don’t know what to do with them.
I experimented this week with having Twitter and Nuzzel on my phone. The first few days were fantastic and fun. I really love Twitter for its conversational nature, and have since I first used it in 2007. But I can’t have it on my phone. Same with Nuzzel. Nuzzel has been pretty cool, as it has surfaced interesting articles I would never have seen otherwise. But it’s another infinite feed.
To have multiple, endlessly updating information streams on my phone flat out overwhelms my Input strength. It’s easy to get me addicted to it. As a result, I have to intentionally distance myself from it.
That being said, I still don’t quite know what to do with Twitter. I hate using it on the web, as I despise the advertisements and “liked” content it shows me. Twitteriffic has been great on the iPhone because it solves that problem. I could put it on the Mac, but I don’t think I want to spend $20 for a Twitter client. I may relegate it to my iPad (which I, sadly, rarely ever use — I’d probably use it more if it were an iPad Pro, but that’s beside the point!). As for feeds, I’ll stick with Reeder on my phone with a limited number of feeds. Email newsletters have been great, too.
I was reflecting on using paper this week, and realized a fascinating detail. Previously, I used to be a person who hated to use more than one notebook at a time. That’s completely changed. I now have five separate notebooks I use.
- A Bible Journal - a Moleskine cahier I keep in my Bible for writing any thoughts down while I read
- A Morning Thoughts journal - another Moleskine cahier I write/journal in when I get up early
- A Commonplace notebook - a Leuchtturm1917 A5 dot grid notebook
- A Prayer journal - a Baron Fig Confidant I keep track of prayers and my day in
- A Dream journal - another Confidant I write my dreams down in. I’m someone who believes dreams can be significant, so writing them down has been very helpful.
- Bonus — I have multiple legal pads around I tend to scratch ideas, processes, or projects out on
Having different notebooks has helped me segment these processes in my life and keep them more organized. I used to have a hard time journaling consistently as well. Incorporating journaling into my startup, shutdown, and morning routines, as well as my weekly review, has dramatically helped me keep the habit going. I don’t think I spend more than 5-10 minutes a time journaling, unless maybe I’ve got more time in my morning routine to write, or when copying quotes into my commonplace.
I like this idea and as you can see I tried implementing it today.
Well that’s cool! Glad to help!
I’ll put this on my list.