As I mentioned in my original post, part of the reason to do this is accountability. Part of that accountability is continuing to share my progress, both the good and the bad, the successes and the failures. Let’s see how I’m doing.
1.Get in the best shape of my life.
What was I thinking? Just kidding. I have been training as hard as I have in almost a decade. I also feel as fit, focused, and fired up as I have in the same amount of time. I wanted to get below 200 lbs, and I am sitting at 204 on purpose. I am enjoying the summer and getting together with friends and family, and that means I am not pushing to get below 200. When October hits, I will trim the “having friends over to bbq in the backyard” calories.
The other measurable is to get to level 71 on Beyond the Whiteboard, which is my training app. I have hit that goal. Now I’m working on some weaknesses that should help me get in even better shape. I’m just competing against myself here, and the focus I have here is pouring over to other areas of my life.
2 Spend more time relaxing and unplugging
I have done a much better job this year in not working at all on the weekends and unplugging. I stated the original measurable as 142 days off this year, That just means no work on weekends, 26 Fridays plus 3 other weeks off.
One of the best things I learned, in setting and tracking these goals, is that I was looking at this goal wrong. What I wanted was to control my time the way I see fit.
I have done a much better job controlling my time, but a good chunk of that has been reassigned to time with my children. We’ve had six 10-day periods where at least one of our children were home, in addition to the entire month of January where both children were home due to their classroom at daycare being closed for Covid.
I have stuck to the no working on weekends, but I have probably taken 15 non weekend days off this year where I took care of the kids all day and another 30 where I took at least part of the day off. My wife has probably taken even more time than me.
Working less on Fridays has happened, but they haven’t been totally work free. I’ve been doing a lot more around the house on the “work less” Fridays.. What I found is that I don’t necessarily need Fridays to be off. I just need to be able to take the time when I want. That flexibility has been good, and I have felt more relaxed even though we’ve had a lot of stuff going on this year.
Like I said a couple of years ago, Your Most Valuable Resource Is Time. Use It Wisely!
3. Have an even better relationship with my wife.
We have carved out more “Us” time this year. We have kept to having our Friday night dinners together and without the children. We are on pace for our 52 nights of Us time, and we also recap at the end of every day by sharing the cutest thing our children did for the day.
As mentioned above, we have spent a large part of this year juggling schedules between our work responsibilities and childcare. It hasn’t always been easy, but our relationship is better now than ever.
4. Be more productive and less stressed
My fourth goal for the year was to be more productive and less stressed.
I have been using the bullet journal, and it has helped me to be more organized. It’s just like a financial plan, even if everything doesn’t go perfectly, just the act of planning and the regular attention to it helps me be calmer about what I need to accomplish. Between Settling into a new home, 2 small children and running a business, there is a lot I want to accomplish.
I’ve also done a daily stoic journal, both in the morning and the evening. This helps me set intention in the morning and to download thoughts in the evening.
5. Grow my business the right way.
Goal five was to grow my business the right way. The measurable here was to get 12 perfect clients. Those 37-57 year old business owners or highly compensated professionals. I am a little behind pace for the first six months of the year. However, I have been intentional with my practice this year, and I am happy with every one of my clients and find deep meaningful relationships in every one that I work with. That’s really what makes me happiest. I have passed on working with some people that were not the right fit for me and my practice, and that is ok.
How are you doing on your goals for this year? How can I help you achieve what you want in life?
We’ll review this again here at the end of the year to see if I continue the path and the setup new goals for 2023. Take care
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