February’s #ResponsiveResolution was not as successful as January’s, actually it was an utter failure. It started off great and I was journaling every day, but then other responsibilities started to creep up. Journaling fell further and further down my priorities list to the point that I wasn’t journaling at all.
The best thing about failing is you can learn from your failures and use it to make you a stronger and better person. I realized that I needed to block out time to get journaling done and set reminders for myself to do it. This has carried over to my work life where I’m now scheduling out blocks of time for a specific topic and using that time to focus solely on that topic. I’ve also realized that I need to keep it simple. I have a tendency to over complicate and over plan. Originally, I was answering a set of four questions, but that was too much. I’ve trimmed it down to just one, “What did I accomplish today?” Four days into March and I’m still journaling.
This month’s #ResponsiveResolution:
The last two months have been focused on doing things to keep me mentally healthy. In January, I focused on not putting things off and I’m feeling more in control of my “to do’s” and other tasks. In February, I focused on journaling so I can better keep track of what I’ve accomplished. This month I’m focusing on my body and doing a physical #ResponsiveResolution.
I’ve have to say that my January #ResponsiveResolution was a resounding success. I stuck to my mantra to “not put off to tomorrow, what I can do today.” This meant everything from putting away the dishes after dinner to doing what my wife asked me rather than waiting until later. I’ve found that I’m feeling a lot more control and not as anxious for the next day. What really helped with this is letting my fellow #ResponsiveResolution brethren in on my objectives. @espnguyen was great in that he would check in on me periodically on how things were going. His keeping me accountable helped motivate me to see the month through. But, honestly, I think this month has been a little too successful.
After spending an entire month of not putting things off, I get really anxious when I do. My family is just coming back from a weekend getaway to the Virgin Islands courtesy of my wife’s company. Late Saturday night, we found out that United cancelled our flight back to New York due to the impending snow storm. Rather than taking care of the issues right then and there (what I wanted to do), we waited until the next morning (what she wanted to do). I found that this caused the situation to creep into my subconscious. That evening, I was having dreams (or nightmares, as I saw them) about not having our travel situation resolved. Fears of being stuck in paradise long into the week to having to settle for the most roundabout itinerary just to get back to New York, danced in my head. The next morning as we waited to hear what others in our group were going to do, I kept a straight face. Internally, it was another story, I was twisted, wanting to just forget the others and get things squared away for us. Minus this recent situation, I’m very happy with the results and feel like this resolution has laid the foundation for the rest of my 2015 #ResponsiveResolutions.
This month’s #ResponsiveResolution:
@espnguyen recently introduced me to an interesting new podcast called “The Productivity Show” by Asian Efficiency. Anyone interested in GTD, as well as, productivity hacks will find the show really interesting. One of their first topics was the idea of “Journaling.” I found this one to be intriguing as I’m finding the my days, weeks, months, have started blending together and as I look back, struggle to see what I’ve really accomplished. So for the month of February, my #ResponsiveResolution is to practice what they call, structured journaling, where each day I answer a set of questions to recap how my day has gone.
Inspired by @espnguyen and his post, I’ve decided to join his #ResponsiveResolution’s movement and take a month-to-month approach to resolutions in 2015. The goal is to adapt your resolutions as the year goes along. I’ll be tweeting and tracking my progress against these goals here. Feel free to tweet me (@PSAgustin) to help me stay accountable. If you want to join, tweet about it and tag it with #responsiveresolution.
January 2015 #responsiveresolution
One of the things I’m most guilty of is leaving dishes in the sink and waiting until the next day to clean them up or vacuuming and leaving the vacuum out. By the end of the month, my behavior will be changed so that I’m more proactive in everything that I do, whether it’s in my home life or my work life (I’m looking at you expense reports!).