As you know, I didn’t do any resolutions in 2015. Whether or not that was intentional or not is up for debate. Along with celebrating my accomplishments in 2015 I’d like to take the time now, at the beginning of this year, to do a retrospective.
I got the idea from Nate Green who runs a fun little blog over here. The idea is to focus on three questions:
- What’s working?
- What’s not working?
- How can I fix what’s not working for a better result?
I’ll take another look back over 2015 to figure out what is working:
- I have a good idea of where I want to be going in 2016 and have laid the ground work in 2015 to get there
- I’ve taken responsibility for my own health and happiness and work daily at these two things
- I’ve had the chance to travel, and taken advantage of that chance
Now on to what’s not working. Personally, I choose to focus less on the negative and more on the positive, so I’m going to take this question to be instead what I hope to improve and/or what I’d like to be better at.
- Strengthen the current relationships in my life
- Refocus my eating habits
- Continue to rehab my shoulder mindfully with appropriate increases in difficulty
So, how can I fix what’s not working for a better result?
- Strengthening the current relationships in my life: My first thought on this one is less phone time. Phone world is fun and entertaining but also a huge time suck. I’m going to research apps that track phone usage and will give a reminder/alert once I’ve reached a certain amount of phone time for that day.
- Refocus my eating habits: Though I have yet to write my final posts about PN I’m going to use what I learned there and continue to improve my nutrition. First thoughts on this is more vegetables in my life. Mid PN journey I was eating vegetables at every meal consistently, I want to get back there and beyond.
- Continue to rehab my shoulder mindfully with appropriate increases in difficulty: I’m going to print out my rehab schedule (up until now I’ve used a version on my phone). After each completed session I’m going to cross off the workout. I did this one summer and saw huge increases in my consistency, and consistency is key for rehab. (And any lasting change).
Nate recommends that you write for 15-30 minutes on the three questions found at the top of this post. I say write for as long as you like, until you feel you are done. Though this exercise probably isn’t meant to take hours on end, so keep that in mind.
I’ve also tried to give concrete actions that I can take in order to work towards my new goals/improve what’s not working as well. If you check out my answers to the third question you’ll notice three things that I can do (basically immediately) to get the ball rolling. To reiterate:
- Download phone time tracking app
- Buy vegetables for my fridge/freezer
- Print rehab schedule