Habits > Goals

Last year, I set a goal of losing one pound per week. That’s 52 pounds.

I failed miserably, but I learned some valuable lessons in the process. Losing weight is a simple thing—burn more calories than you consume—but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Last year I set a goal. And I ended the year within 10lbs of where I started.

This year, I’m working on habits.

Habits like going for a run at least once a week, going for a family hike on the weekends, and eating to fuel my body, not to comfort, entertain, or reward my inner fatty.

And whattaya know. I’m averaging about 1.5lbs lost per week so far this year.

Habits > Goals

Bullet journaling

Not to be confused with Mark Bullett. 😉

Long story short, it’s this interesting way of using bullet lists to organize your day and get shit done. Being a penmanship and line weight nerd, I was instantly drawn (ugh) to the concept upon discovering it over the long holiday break a few weeks back.

If you google it, you’ll find an endless supply of Pinterest superstars; gorgeous daily planners you’d not be crazy to assume were created by people whose one thing to do that day was draw a fancy calendar.

I’m using some of those ideas. (I’m a creative nerd, remember?) But I’ve held off on mentioning it here until I had a sense of how well it would work out for me, personally.

Truly, there is power in the bullets themselves; the way you differentiate appointments and critical stuff from the rest of the day’s notes and ideas. But the real power comes from developing a habit around writing down your goals and proactively working to achieve them.

I’m even color coding this shit. Like some kind of wannabe Pinterest superstar. Lulz.

But three weeks in, bullet journaling is proving useful.

If you live and die by your to-do list—and like carrying around clever notebooks and pens (nerd)—you might want to check this out.

3 words for 2018

I picked this up from Chris Brogan. Started doing it in 2012.

Instead of resolutions, you think about what you want to achieve that year, come up with three words that remind you of what you want/need to achieve those goals, and commit them to memory.

2012: Responsibility, Action, Freedom
2013: Support, Drive, Print
2014: Print, Process, Non-Profit
2015: ???

2016 was the first year it truly clicked for me. That is to say I actually meditated on my words on at least a daily basis—often several times a day.

2016: Intent, Action, Mindful
2017: Time, Health, Example
2018: Network, Minimize, Schedule

Network. It’s not so much what you know, but WHO you know. And even then, it’s who you know that’s willing to step in and help when you need it. Which requires stepping in to help others up front. My goal for the year is a conversation with someone new every week.

Minimize. Two fronts on this one. Minimize the amount of stuff I’ve got cluttering my closet, my garage, my life. And minimized portions on my plate this year because fewer calories and more exercise mean better health.

Schedule. If it isn’t scheduled, it doesn’t get done. If it’s important, it needs to be scheduled. Recording podcasts, writing content, working on the site, cleaning the bathroom, finishing the patio—scheduled. I’ve got a tremendous opportunity to get out—and stay out—ahead of my deadlines this year. Don’t want to blow it!