I’ve been passive over the last year. But I was not sure how much, until I measured it:
- workouts done: ~10 fitness, jogging & swimming (0.8/mo)
- articles written: 3 (one every 4 months)
- new accessories made: 2 (one every 6 months)
- songs written: 0 (z-e-r-o)
I wanted to do all of those, I just rationalized why I couldn’t. I wondered what’s the point of it. I didn’t feel good or original enough.
If I had just put aside 2 hours a month to write an article, I would have 4 times as many. If I had gone to the gym, just once a week, I would’ve had 50+ exercises. If I had given myself some time to work with leather every 2 months, I would have made 2 x as many bracelets.
Then there were 2 things I did OK in:
- yogas done: ~30 exercises ( 2.5/mo.)
- money saved for NY: $1500 USD
The yoga worked out fine because I had back problems and I set aside half an hour each Sunday morning. I probably missed 20 weekends and still did 30 yoga sessions.
To save up some money to take Alex to NY, I decided I will save 10% of my incomes + every income I didn’t expect and added a piggy bank at home for all spare coins. I surely spent some of what I saved on unforeseen things and still hit a third of my goal.
It turns out both things I improved at were automatic. All I did was show up and do the thing. No quality and results in mind. I know it’s just what James Clear called the “Seinfeld Strategy” but I didn’t take action upon it until I sat down and measured my own stats.
This year I will try something I should have tried a few years ago but I underestimated it – give the things I care for time and attention. Just show up, then measure if anything changed.
Yoga and saving up for NY are already automatic, so I’ll throw in a bunch of new things:
- workout 3x/week
- meditation 5x/week
- write 1 good article/mo.
- make 1-2 new accessories/mo., perhaps my first clothing designs too
- practice my songwriting (5x 15’/week)
- play the piano (2x 1h/week)
- study a little Japanese (1x 2h/mo.)
- learn a bit of drawing and snowboard (2-3 lessons each)
I will probably fail often but probably still beat 2018 by far.