The ones who keep their promises and commitments, and the ones who do not. Which type of person are you?
At night, I sit in my kitchen with a cup of herbal tea and work on my goals. In the past year, I found a new job which no longer had a free gym to workout in during lunch. Working out is one of my main anchors. He helps ground me and keeps me sane. I decided I’d have to commit to working out in the morning before work which is something I had failed to achieve consistency multiple times.
I’m happy to say that this experiment of working out in the morning has been going surprisingly well. I haven’t missed a workout since I started this new plan on January 2nd. Though I did have to change almost every other part of my morning routine. I’ve found that I don’t really have much time for anything else in the morning if I hope to complete a solid workout before I have to leave for work.
The other anchor in my life is writing. For the past few months, I’ve struggled to find the consistency of completing my morning pages before my workout. Today, I’ve decided I’m going to quit trying to pack too much in my mornings. I’m going to solely focus on getting my workout complete and getting to work at a reasonable time. Instead of morning pages, I’m going to use nightly pages as the first step in my nightly routine before I write my nightly blog post.
During the past few weeks, my nightly work sessions have really helped me to accomplish much more work than if I was still trying to pack everything into my morning. I’m watching a little less TV but I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing much. My typical nightly routine is to get to work after my kids go to bed which is around 8:30 and then work on my goals until 11 or 12. By completing the habit, I’m able to get between 12 1/2 to 17 1/2 hours of work accomplished each week, which is over double the amount of work I was accomplishing.
Find your quiet place to work at night. You might get much more accomplished than you thought possible.
I wrote about my whole year wall calendar a couple of weeks back. I was going to place an X on the calendar for each of my five goals. It’s been going pretty well and pretty consistent with all of my goals but I’m not completing every one of them each day. Which is causing some holes in my chain.
The past week, I was thinking about the popular Jerry Seinfeld quote about not breaking the chain of big red Xs on his wall calendar. The thing about Jerry Seinfeld’s quote is that he was only talking about one goal. While everything you read about the quote on any productivity website talks about doing four or five things at a time.
The question I ended up asking myself was, “If one goal was a enough for Jerry Seinfeld than it should be good enough for me.” Why should I, or you, be choosing multiple goals when the guy with more money than anyone writing on a productivity website only chose one?
Don’t over think. Choose your most import goal and put all your effort into achieving it.
One at a time.
One step forward and two steps back. That’s how you feel on certain days while working towards your goals.
It’s easy to get frustrated and want to quit.
Remember to focus on making a step forward every day.
One more day.
One more word.
One more step
One more minute.
One more line.
One more page.
One more rep.
One more idea.
One more year.
One more speech.
One more mile.
One more goal.
One more program.
One more book.
One more workout.
One more opportunity.
I’m taking Jerry Seinfeld’s advice. I bought a big wall calendar with the entire year on it and a large red marker. Every day I have four goals. Meditate, write, exercise, and code for at least 15 minutes. Once I complete those fifteen minutes, I make a X in one of the four quadrants.
My goal for this year is to not break the chain. As you can see I have already faltered but by the end of the year I’m going to have a long unbroken chain of Xs all across this calendar.
This year my motto is, “Don’t break the chain.”
This year I’m planning my year around themes. Four themes. Each theme is something I want to focus on throughout the year.
The themes are Meditation, Writing, Exercise, and Reading. I want to spend roughly fifteen minutes a day doing each of the following every day of 2017.
Meditation: I will meditate for 10 minutes using Headspace’s app.
Writing: I will publish a daily blog post.
Exercise: I will exercise for at least 15 minutes a day.
Reading: I will read a book for at least 15 minutes a day