This is my 2017 goals update through February.
I thought it would be a good idea for me to do a monthly recap of my 2017 goals to help keep me accountable throughout the year.
I’m posting updates like this on Twitter every week or two, but these blog posts can serve as more of a detailed review of how I think things went. Hopefully, it will benefit some readers as well.
I have three personal goals for 2017:
- Health: Eat a minimum of 1,100 servings of fruits and vegetables
- Fitness: Complete 100 workouts minimum
- Writing: Write and publish a minimum of 350 answers or blog posts on Quora
I wrote about these goals in more detail in this blog post.
2/28/17 update: Here is what I’ve accomplished so far in 2017:
- Health: 225.5 servings of fruits and vegetables
- Fitness: 17 workouts
- Writing: 55 Quora posts, 31,210 words
So, the good news is that I’ve continued to track my goals two months into the year. I think this is probably the first year I can remember making it this far into the year tracking my goals.
I’ll admit, I don’t quite have the New Years mojo I did when I started, but two months in, I’m still going fairly strong and I’m proud of that.
The not so good news is that I’m now “off track” on one of my three yearly goals. At this point, I’m not going to let that discourage me because if I can make it through the whole year tracking my goals, that in itself will be a huge win and infinitely better than I’ve done in the past.
225.5 servings of fruits and veggies after 59 of 365 days puts me on track for 1,395 servings by year-end.
I’m on track to achieve my annual goal of 1,100 servings of fruits and veggies and I’m very happy about this because this is the most important of the three goals.
For the first time in my life, I’ve realized that I can’t take my health for granted and that I have to make sure that I’m getting good nutrition, exercise and sleep because my life depends on it. I never actually felt this level of urgency about my health when I was in my 20’s and it’s created a big mindset shift for me.
I wrote about an online concierge health care service that I’m going to be testing out over the next year and I’m looking forward to this because I’m very interested in taking a more active role in managing my health.
Instead of deteriorating with age like most people, my goal is to actually improve my health with age as I learn more about what it takes to optimize nutrition, lifestyle, etc. and put these things into practice.
17 workouts after 8 of 52 weeks puts me on track for 110 workouts by year-end.
This is on track for my goal of 100 workouts, which I’m happy about.
One thing that’s a little frustrating is that I’ve gotten slightly weaker on some of my key lifts, like incline bench press and weighted chin ups over the last two and a half months. But I need to keep in mind my diet has changed (for the better) since then and I’ve lost about half a percent of body fat as well.
One metric which I’m not currently tracking, but will start, is lifting performance relative to my body weight. This will be a good way to measure my relative strength which is what I care most about.
Again, the most important thing at this point is showing up to the gym consistently. This is getting challenging because I’ve been doing a lot of traveling and more cardio (running a couple of 10Ks and soccer twice a week). But so far, so good.
55 posts after 59 of 365 days puts me on track for about 340 posts by year-end.
After a strong month of January, the writing has fallen off slightly and I’m now just a bit off track for my goal of 350 posts by year-end.
It was always going to be difficult to hit this goal. In fact, this may have been my most ambitious of the three goals. Daily writing is difficult and it will be even more difficult to make up ground because I’ll have to write more than one post per day to do so.
In February, I was out of town 3 of the 4 weekends and during these trips, I still managed to not go two consecutive days without publishing something, but I did miss a few writing days, which is what put me off track.
Still, I’m pretty happy with my output in terms of words. I had a goal in my head of 100,000 words for the year and I’m definitely going to hit that because I’m already over 30,000. In fact, there’s a very good chance I’ll end up writing more than 150,000 words if I can maintain some level of consistency.
The biggest win for me in the writing department was staying the course and not getting distracted by other “shiny objects” like tweaking my website and starting up new social media channels, which I have been known to do. I did start a somewhat infrequent newsletter, but that’s it.
Now that I have the writing habit down pretty well, I’m going to see if I can work in some of the other things I’ve been wanting to do, like producing a better newsletter, improving my writing (I’ve purchased a couple of courses on this that I will revisit soon), and even thinking about my next book.
The key will be working these things in without sacrificing the (almost) daily writing habit that I’ve worked so hard to build.
Quick Quora update:
I’m up to 21 followers from 14 last month. One of my posts (which coincidentally happened to be my January 2017 Goals Update) has been viewed over 16,000 times. In total, all of my published content on Quora has racked up 106,000 views, which is pretty amazing.
Meanwhile, this blog, where I’m republishing most of my Quora content is still getting less than 10 visits per day. This just reinforces the fact that it was a good move to write consistently and build my personal brand as a writer on Quora rather than on a blog. Thanks to Nicolas Cole for that tip!
That’s it for my February goals recap. Feel free to hit me up with any questions or comments!
First published on Quora.