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.

Reduce, re-use, recycle—rerun

Reruns get a bad rap.

I’m not talking about the old-timey way of airing a television show again at a later date. I’m talking about going back through the entire catalog of published articles on Gearbox Magazine and determining which ones shine, should be saved, or should be shit-canned.

Quality beats quantity.

The latest check of the GBXM DAM reveals 747 total published articles since August 2009.

And 263 of those are flagged “shit-can” and will likely vanish over time.

It’s what all the cool kids are doing these days in content. There are still places out there where daily posts are required, even multiple times per day—but GBXM isn’t there. And I don’t really see us getting there, either.

If I think about it too much, part of me is a little embarrassed that 35% of the stuff I’ve published over the years is forgettable crap. But there’s a part of me that knows a lot of that content will find its way into a number of useful programs we’re going to be rolling out in the coming years that make a remarkable difference in the lives of our subscribers.

And besides, it’s really neat being able to go back through your body of work and reflect on all the people you talked to—especially right before you interview them about their startup seven years later.