New Year 2016 Resolutions

As I’ve written about before, doing a full year’s worth of resolutions is not usually successful. As such I try one new habit per month. But January is always the toughest month as a) it’s dark winter and b) the pressure to sort out a whole new year is upon us. So this year I have a hybrid resolution and it’s a mixed-up jumble:

  1. At my gym: we are doing the 100 Days Challenge. This means on Jan 1 do 1 rep, Jan 2, 2 reps, and so on until Day 100. For many they are doing burpees but given that burpees are terrible I am doing pushups and air jump squats instead. I am tracking this in my gym’s community page on Facebook.
  2. For health: in January I plan to have no beer or wine in the house. If it isn’t in the house, I don’t consume it (see earlier success with sugary stuff). The best way to reduce calories and wasted time is simply not to have easy access to bad habits. I will track this with my weight tracking webapp + updates here.
  3. In life: I will stick to one new habit per month for 2016. And write about it. I will track this here.

There are so many other new habits I want to add but in the sense of saying no I will put these off until February. Some of the other habits I want to take up in 2016:

  • A gratitude journal. I have an app idea for this, let’s see how it goes.
  • Get one of my projects off the ground and bringing in some income.
  • Finishing my book aka 1000 words per day.
  • I plan to start cooking one vegetarian (but still primal) dinner and one fish-based meal per week. I love meat and see nothing wrong with eating meat sensibly but there is nothing wrong with expanding my horizons and trying some new foods as well. Hey, I made vegetarian Boeuf Bourguignon (tempeh) and people liked it; all things are possible.

Here is to a successful 2016, as great as 2015 was overall.

#1st-of-month, #diet, #habits

December habit – three things

In the course of my gap year / sabbatical I’ve fallen out of the habit of waking up and thinking about my day. What I coach every new product manager is that every day there will be more things to do than you can ever get done. Focus on 3-5 tasks daily. That’s all, just 3-5 tasks that are finished every day and you will be way ahead of the game.

For me this will be a very simple habit:

  1. My alarm…

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December habit – three things

In the course of my gap year / sabbatical I’ve fallen out of the habit of waking up and thinking about my day. What I coach every new product manager is that every day there will be more things to do than you can ever get done. Focus on 3-5 tasks daily. That’s all, just 3-5 tasks that are finished every day and you will be way ahead of the game.

For me this will be a very simple habit:

  1. My alarm goes off Monday-Friday at 5:52am.
  2. Rather than fall back asleep I will spend the next five to ten minutes thinking about my day and deciding what three things I need to get done (not five; this is sabbatical after all and December to boot).
  3. I’ll highlight those three tasks in Wunderlist (current task list of choice since it integrates with PomoDone as well as GitHub)
  4. Each day around 4pm I’ll figure out if I did what I needed to do or not and update my blog (yes, this might be the most boring blog ever by that point).

Seems simple, right? Well I know that my task list is huge given all the projects I’m working on (www.bonavika.com, www.whalesight.com, Sports Brief Daily, writing a novel, reading lots of books, and getting fit) and since I have all of my tasks in Wunderlist this seems pretty straightforward 🙂

Feel free to nag or comment to keep me honest this month.

#1st-of-month, #goals, #habit

July Goal

This month I am going to stick to 1-2 glasses of wine per night. Which really means I am dropping beer from my diet. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not but there are more beer joints near my office and grabbing a beer after work is common. It could also be the plethora of pastry shops too.

But the goal is simple: 1-2 glasses of wine per night are shown to be healthy. More is not and beer is not either as far as I can find. Two years ago when I really leaned out beer was off the menu. Might be a coincidence, we’ll see.

95.6 kilos this morning, 21% fat according to the scale.

#1st-of-month, #goals

July Goal

This month I am going to stick to 1-2 glasses of wine per night. Which really means I am dropping beer from my diet. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not but there are more beer joints near my office and grabbing a beer after work is common. It could also be the plethora of pastry shops too.

But the goal is simple: 1-2 glasses of wine per night are shown to be healthy. More is not and beer is not either as far as I can find. Two years ago when I really leaned out beer was off the menu. Might be a coincidence, we’ll see.

95.6 kilos this morning, 21% fat according to the scale.

#1st-of-month, #goals

One Goal, One Month: April 2013 – return to primal

onegoalonemonth:

I have been pushing the 80/20 rule a lot lately. A donut here, cookie there, beer even on the non cheat days.

And I can feel it. A bit sluggish, bit of girth piling on, heartburn at times. It hasn’t helped that I’ve had a wounded shoulder and so exercise, which is my usual crutch for pushing…

And here we go… the goal this month is a simple return to primal living. This is mostly about food and drink for me but will also include:
A. At least 4 Crossfit sessions per week.
B. Joined a 100 day push-up challenge.
C. I want to start running again, but that’s more of an idea given everything else.

Food and fitness, everything else will follow.

One Goal, One Month: April 2013 – return to primal

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One Goal, One Month: April 2013 – return to primal

One Goal, One Month: April 2013 – return to primal

#1st-of-month, #april