This book, and Gretchen Rubin's reflections really resonated with me, and very much apealed to my obsession with goal setting. Her approach was different from my usual start-of-the-year approach in a couple of ways. She focused on mastering one specific area per month, in contrast to my usual scatter-shot, often overwhelming goals in too many areas all at once. In addition, her goals were small, simple and daily as opposed to my more-usual monthly goals, where the month gets away from me and I come to the end empty handed and defeated.
SO...I headed into January with what I know for absolute sure is the most basic foundation of happiness for me: Health.
Just as Ms. Rubin did, I made up a daily checklist. At the end of each day I evaluated how I did in the following:
1. In bed by 9:15, lights out by 10:00.
2. Nutrition: sticking to my calorie plan/no sugar/no processed foods.
3. Take vitamins.
4. Brush teeth 2 times a day (and floss).
5. Use sunscreen.
6. Finding some creative time, even 15 minutes.
7. Training as per new coach.
8. Bike commute Noah to school whenever weather permits.
9. 1 protein shake/day.
10. 2 dog walks/day.
I also gave myself "extra credit" for finding ways to work these in to Sporty Spice's daily routines.
In February, I continued this daily checklist of habits and then added HOME ORGANIZATION (all 6,500 square feet of it!). I first made a master-list of every room/area of the house and garage that could use a serious de-cluttering and crap-tossing and then set a goal of averaging an hour a day working on it. Time wise, I logged about 16 out of the 29 hours, but made quite a bit of progress.
Training and Happiness were both challenged in February, I'm here to say! The first speedbump came in the form of THIS GUY,