February review – definitely a mixed bag

My goal in February was “no complaining“. There are some rules around this e.g. you can complain but only when presenting a good solution.

How did I do? Well… 47% feels about right. It was a tough month for a lot of reasons:

  • The current political climate
  • A few injuries limiting me at the gym
  • And so on…

But it was better than nothing and overall I liked the frequent reminder not to just bitch and whine.

I cannot recommend the Loop Habbit tracker enough by the way. Far and away the best tool for this kind of thing.

4 years, no more Lift app, habits unformed

Not a resolution, but habitsMost years I make resolutions and usually do a pretty good job on them. Mostly.This year though I’ve been reading about the importance of habits and not goals. As such my resolution this year is to get back to my recurring monthly attempts to create a sharper life.For January I am going to spend the month using Lift to build and track daily habits. It’s not perfect but the team has added features I need (eg reminders). My habits this month will include weighing in daily, practicing French, etc.

Source: Not a resolution, but habits | Bricin

What stands out about this post from four years ago is that:

  1. The Lift app no longer exists, it was re-named Coach.me. And for whatever reason when I try to use it it no longer works very well.
  2. While I’ve been weighing in I cannot say that has panned out very well. I’ll do an update on that in the next few weeks.
  3. No French. My ability to speak French, such as it was, has completely disappeared.

So yep, my habit really didn’t stick so back to the drawing board.

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.

Getting back to it…

When I first moved to Tumblr one of the ideas I had was picking a good habit monthly and trying to incorporate it into my life. Or findings bad habit and cleaning it up. Either way was fine. 

I’ve gotten out of that habit. 

  1. November: write 1500 words per day. This is something I’ve always wanted to try and since I committed to National Novel Month it’s a good fit. I’ll post my daily total here for all zero of my readers.  
  2. December: I have a few candidates ranging from 30/30 (30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking), push-ups / squats upon waking, and of course a perennial spend 20 minutes daily playing my guitar. Stay tuned. 


They say a journey starts with a single step. I know from the past that setting a big goal three months out doesn’t work.

Small goals do: my short term goal is simple, record what I eat and drink Monday through Friday this week. Yes, I will attempt to be paleo, yes I will try to keep carbs down. But a small goal, record the intake for five days.

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.

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.


I’ve used Lift off and on for some time. My goal for December is to
track a few key items with this app.

The one change needed off the top: reminders. If I am going to play my
guitar daily, remind me! Oh and better yet integrate with my calendar.
Since most habits take time, eg exercise, it needs to be blocked out.

But the UI is simple. I look forward to the upcoming release which
adds some degree of privacy.

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