Goals Progress Week 1 Day 3

For Tuesday 9 July 2019

Goal 1: Eat healthy

Steps I took to achieve Goal 1: I went way over my Weight Watchers healthy eating range. See Stray Observations below.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 2: Exercise

Steps I took to achieve Goal 2: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 3: Meditate

Steps I took to achieve Goal 3: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 4: Write

Steps I took to achieve Goal 4: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 5: Maintain my possessions

Steps I took to achieve Goal 5: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 6: Read

Steps I took to achieve Goal 6: I read a chapter of The Legend of Eli Monpress.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 7: Post my progress

Steps I took to achieve Goal 7: I posted my progress from Mon 8 July.
Is this enough? Yes.

Stray Observations

  • As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I felt bad yesterday becsause of low blood sugar, but I’m feeling better today. Back to the routine.
  • Still making my way through Stranger Things 3, Eli Monpress, and the first season of the Critical Role podcast.
  • Picked up the early access version of Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem yesterday. I’m curious to see if it lives up to its hype.

Goals Progress Week 1 Day 2

For Monday 8 July 2019

Goal 1: Eat healthy

Steps I took to achieve Goal 1: I stayed within my Weight Watchers healthy eating range.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 2: Exercise

Steps I took to achieve Goal 2: I rode my stationary bike for 15 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 3: Meditate

Steps I took to achieve Goal 3: I meditated for 15 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 4: Write

Steps I took to achieve Goal 4: I wrote my morning pages.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 5: Maintain my possessions

Steps I took to achieve Goal 5: I organized some digital and physical items, fixed a light, and a chair.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 6: Read

Steps I took to achieve Goal 6: I read a chapter of The Legend of Eli Monpress.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 7: Post my progress

Steps I took to achieve Goal 7: I posted my progress from Sun 7 July.
Is this enough? Yes.

Stray Observations

Last night I didn’t sleep well and woke up with a blood sugar level of 69. Anything below 80 is considered hypoglycemic (I have type 2 diabetes). It’s easy to correct – get some fast acting carbs into your system and usually you’re good – but when it happens to me it tends to wear me out. I didn’t accomplish much today, which my update tomorrow will reflect. But that’s okay. Stuff happens. Keep moving.

Goals Progress Week 1 Day 1

For Sunday 7 July 2019

Goal 1: Eat healthy

Steps I took to achieve Goal 1: Nothing. I ate more than my Weight Watchers Healthy Eating Zone allows.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 2: Exercise

Steps I took to achieve Goal 2: I did 90 minutes of yard work.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 3: Meditate

Steps I took to achieve Goal 3: I meditated for 15 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 4: Write

Steps I took to achieve Goal 4: I wrote my morning pages.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 5: Maintain my possessions

Steps I took to achieve Goal 5: I decluttered some digital items and did 90 minutes of yard work.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 6: Read

Steps I took to achieve Goal 6: I read a chapter of The Legend of Eli Monpress.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 7: Post my progress

Steps I took to achieve Goal 7: I posted my Phase 2 results and Phase 3 plans. I updated two pages on this site.
Is this enough? Yes.

Stray Observations

  • For some reason, afternoons are my hungry time. I may try eating more breakfast to see if that dampens my afternoon hunger.
  • I forced myself to meditate before I went to bed last night. But I did it. That’s what counts.
  • I’m not enjoying Stranger Things 3 as much as I enjoyed the first two. It’s okay, but I think the premise is getting stale.
  • I’m trying to get interested in The Legend of Eli Monpress. Twenty chapters in and that hasn’t happened yet.

Pick Four Phase 3 Goals

Phase 3 of my Pick Four goals program starts today. Recall that Seth Godin created the Pick Four program using Zig Ziglar’s goals program as its foundation. To summarize, you pick four goals to work on over a 12 week period. You try to work on each goal every day, and record your progress daily and weekly.

For Phase 3 I’m going back to basics. I’m also going to modify the program slightly and take on more than four goals.
1. Eat healthy. Stay within my Weight Watchers daily allowance of 30 points and weekly allowance of 42 points.
2. Rebuild my exercise habit. Try to exercise every day, and do a minimum of 30 minutes every other day.
3. Rebuild my meditation habit. Try to meditate at least 15 minutes a day.
4. Continue to write. Complete The Artist’s Way 12 week program and continue to write every day.
5. Maintain my possessions. Do some work on the house, the yard, or my personal property (digitial and physical) every day. It could be as simple as cleaning the kitchen or the bathroom, or it could be more complex and time-consuming, like decluttering.
6. Read every day. Read something long form, like part of a book or a magazine article. Scanning headlines or skimming web pages doesn’t count.
7. Post to this site every day. At minimum I want to post my goals progress, but I’d also like to get back into the routine of writing something every day. It was a good creative exercise for me.

That’s 7 goals for the next 12 weeks. I suppose I could combine some of them into one goal and stick to 4, but I think that misses the point of the program. I also need to have each of these called out so I can track my progress against them.

I’m excited about these 12 weeks. I’m enthusiastic about these goals, and I look forward to shaing my progress with you.

Pick Four Goals Phase 2 Summary

Yesterday was the final day of my second phase of the Pick Four 12 week goals program. It didn’t go well. I think I took on too much this time, and as a result I wasn’t successful on any of my goals.

When I started Phase 2 back in Febraury I set the following goals:
1. Complete The Artist’s Way Program.
2. Reduce debt by 2%.
3. Create a side business.
4. Transform Phase 1 Goals into habits – 75% success rate.

I’m still working on the first goal. I write just about every day, which is good, but I need to complete the weekly exercises. Right now I’m starting Week 8. The second goal (debt reduction) was too aggressive. The third goal (create a side business) wasn’t realistic at the time. The fourth goal (eat healthy, exercise, meditate, and blog) was a consolidation of my Phase 1 goals. I didn’t do any of them except blog at a 75% success rate, and my blogging went from writing something every day to posting an update on my progress – or more often lack of progress on my goals.

I’ve gotten down about my poor performance several times over the past three months, and I’m glad they’re over. Like I said before, I think I took on too much. I need to get back to basics. I’m going to talk about that in my next post, which will be about my Phase 3 goals.