A year end review is weirdly fun for me as a project manager and productivity coach. There is a project management principle that what gets measured gets managed. I have been tracking habits on a plain old Excel file for five years now. It is interesting to see trends, think back to big milestones that impacted the totals, and consider where I need to make changes (or not!).
Here is a sneak peek into part of that review.
Health & Fitness
Goal: My intention was to do more to improve my chances of being able to exercise in my 80s.
Action plan: More physical therapy (PT) exercise, more yoga, improved eating habits
Walking: 446 miles (12% increase over 2021)
Biking: 1581 miles (123% increase over 2021)
Yoga: 33 hours (6% increase over 2021)
I did not track it in a way I can report here, but my eating habits improved greatly. I reduced by ice cream intake about 90% and with the magic smoothie you have heard about I was able to average about 5 servings of vegetables and fruits each day. These changes greatly continued to almost 30 pound weight loss in 2022. This in turn made it less painful to walk so the miles there got a bump.
I sort of cheated on this one and have started already. As the weather got colder I was cycling less so I decided to add a second day of hot yoga to my routine. I want to keep doing this even when I ramp my cycling mileage back up.
Goal: My intention was grow my connection with my higher power and show up consistently for my writing.
Action plan: Writing most days of the week, increase time spent meditating, morning reading more days than not.
Meditation: 2986 minutes (98% increase from 2021)
On ramp: 202 days completed (33% increase from 2021)
Books: 221 started, 190 finished (~10% DNF rate) Note: a full book recap will be coming
Joined Genay as cohost of the Conscious Contact Podcast
Started year four of Sustainable Sue
Began drafting a book proposal
Started a new volunteer gig at a book garage sponsored by a local church
This SusPro pillar sure grew a lot last year! I was very intentional about adding things because I wanted to honor the sustainability part of life. No sense taking on so many things that nothing is fulfilling anymore. Averaging an hour each week in the book garage is sustainable. Working on the book proposal 90 minutes once per week is sustainable. Breaking large goals into small, repeatable steps is the key.
Continue the above, plus add new goal of building a YouTube channel. Here is how I break down this big goal into small, repeatable steps:
Brain dump of all my initial thoughts around this task
Sorted brain dump into Trello
Scheduled time for weekly deep work dedicated to this goal one day a week
Goal: My intention was to be able to find what I need without hassle and be comfortable in my surroundings
Action plan: Get rid of stuff I don’t use, need or love
Clear digital clutter: 2 sessions (89% LESS than 2021)
Womp, wommmmmp. I did not do well here at all. Even though I said this was important, I did not make time for it. I regularly cleared my photos off my phone and backed them up, but the amount of screen shots and random photos of things I want to do, read, or follow up on is out of control. The old system was not working for me at all.
I revamped my digital clean up checklist and set a reminder on my phone to follow the checklist on Monday and Thursday evenings. So far into 2023 I am 100% compliant. Celebrate the small victories, friends!
Sustainable You Questions
Even if you did not formally track habits or progress, there is still value in conducting a year end review. Take time and ask yourself these questions:
- What worked and why? How can I get more of whatever made that work?
- What did not work and why? What needs to happen to minimize that in 2023?
If this weekly essay resonated with you, please share it with a friend. I am trying to grow Sustainable Sue and spread the ideas of Sustainable Productivity. The best way to do that is for you to share with someone you know.
Pace yourself, friends –
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