Since publicly stated goals help encourage accountability, I’m documenting my goals for the year. Like everyone else, I fall into the trap of getting overly enthusiastic at the start and set unreasonable expectations. And with the way I’m wired, once I fall off the wagon of good habits, I find it hard to get back on. So, this year, I’m going to try to keep the goals realistic.
I’m a believer of the expression “you can’t manage what you don’t measure”. In the last couple of years, I’ve done a decent job of measuring exercise volume (thanks to Nike+), but not the other elements of healthy living. So, this year, my goals are basically to improve the one area I have already been measuring and start to measure other things I think will lead to overall health:
- As previously committed, I’m setting a goal of improving my Nike+ workouts by 50% this year – from 58 to 87 runs.
- I’m also resolving to post monthly counts of four other things that affect my overall health – physical and mental: healthy meals (currently defined as those that meet the “Michael Pollan test”), runs or other form of exercise, hours of television watched, and books completed.
- Finally, I’m going to keep private counts for a couple things of a spiritual nature (e.g. days where I read scripture). I’m not a very public person in this regard, so I won’t be posting about it. But I want to count my progress anyway.
Of course, merely keeping track of counts of things and posting (some of) them regularly isn’t much of a chore. But, I’m obviously planning that this will be something of a trick I play on myself. If I have to come clean about how many of my meals are good, I’m hoping I’ll make better choices about what I eat. Furthermore, if I fall off the wagon for a bit, this will be easier to get back on.
That’s the theory anyway.