February 22 marked the 52nd day of the year and the end of the first 52-day goal period. I never did get around to writing a post listing out my goals for the First 52, rx so this summary will have to suffice in its stead.
My main goal this year is to help take stress off my wife on the home front. For the First 52, that played out as three goals:
- Plan spring break Fail
- Take Jen on a date Success
- Plan our son Josh’s birthday Fail
I did take Jen to see Kingsman (her movie choice). We even gotta try out the leather recliners at Marcus Theater.
For spring break planning and birthday planning, I failed. Neither of these were well-defined as goals, and while I worked on both, I completed neither goal.
I had three goals for the core area of Finance.
- Complete the inventory of my father’s estate Partial
- Prepare our 2014 taxes Partial
- Complete the remodel of the laundry room I started in November Fail
Again, I created nebulous goals that were hard to place success on. I got most of the inventory compiled, generally, but didn’t fill turn in the paperwork – which is really what needed to be done.
Likewise, my hyper-organization got most of our taxes sorted out in short order, but I didn’t define my goal as actually sending the paperwork to our accountant.
Then there is the laundry room. Yeah. I just never moved this one forward. Getting around to home improvement projects is hard. Especially in winter.
I probably set too many goals in this area at the expense of other goals.
- Read 2 books; one that is non-fiction. Success
- Journal Partial
- Create an editorial blogging calendar Success
- Publish 6 blog posts Fail
- Put together a GTD system Success
- Declutter Success
- Make tomorrow’s plan Mostly
I successfully finished two books: REAMDE and Prepare! Prepare was the non-fiction title. Having REAME in ebook format helped as I was able to read in those “in between” times when I had downtime that I wouldn’t have otherwise used productively. Prepare I read as part of my morning devotional time, which works well as a time for reading non-fiction.
- Start Power 90 and exercise 5 or 6 days a week Success
- Track food daily Mostly
- Floss daily Success
- Drink 32oz of water daily Fail
At my best weight in the last 5 years, I was at 185 pounds. I felt great and being fit was a great confidence booster. Unfortunately, getting there caused me to get burned out and I also suffered injury. Partially this was because I wasn’t in enough of a good shape to stick with P90X. So, my goal this time is to start Power 90 (P90X’s precursor) in order to work my way up to P90X later this year. I managed to work out a little more than 5 times a week.
I logged into My Fitness Pal all 52 days and tracked at least some of the food I ate, although I didn’t always track everything. So I give this goal a “mostly” score.
Flossing is the one goal I almost hit 100% on, missing only 1 day out of the 52 when I went to sleep very late while at my father’s house. I was out of my routine and just forgot to take my flosser to the bathroom with me. This goal will be sunsetted in the Second 52 as I feel it is habitual enough t.hat I won’t need to track it any longer.
I just wish I drank more water. Failed.
- Reach out to 2 friends each week Mostly
I did try to text friends regularly throughout the first 52, mostly reaching out to friends via texting.
- Daily devotions Mostly
- Create a prayer calendar Mostly
- Pray daily with my wife Fail
Taking the time in the Word and in prayer has been a relatively consistent habit, but one I need to always track because it’s so easy to fall off track. I started a prayer calendar, but need to fill in the calendar with more specific details. After starting strong with a full week of praying together, Jen and I had nothing but missed connections the rest of the 52.
I mentioned in an earlier post that I consider there to be a minor 8th category of maintenance.
- Do 1 load of laundry each weekday Partial
- Do the dishes Mostly
- Pick up around the house Mostly
- Plan meals Mostly
Sadly, keeping the house running never seems to stop. I managed to take care of the dishes, household pickup and dinner planning around 5 out of every 7 days. Doing laundry (including my least favorite part: folding and putting away) was less than 50% successful.