Gratitude Journal before social media
My gratitude journal is kept in a drawer in the kitchen, so when I have morning coffee with my wife it’s easy to access. Looking back through its pages, where I write the date on the top, I can see I was diligent with this practice in January, and had a good cadence for the first few months of the year. Not many entries in April and May, when we moved, and sporadic entries afterwards. 1-3 times a week, with stretches of up to 3 weeks between entries.
The important thing I learned this year was to postpone checking Twitter until after I had a shower and made coffee. If I open myself to other people’s emotions before I am situated for the day, it throws off my whole morning.
My previous workaround was to spend time writing gratitudes before I look into the void, and listen to it screaming back at me. What I’ve learned this year is that what I want out of the practice is time with my own thoughts before entertaining others.
I still find gratitude journaling to be a wonderful and worthwhile practice, but I didn’t need it as much this year as I have in previous years.
Vibration plate visualisation
This was another resolution that was easier to maintain in the old house, and didn’t quite make it through the move. In our new house I’ve been unable to find a good yoga mat location next to the vibration plate, so I’ve changed my morning routine around. Instead of having my ‘vibe time’ dedicated as 10 minutes of meditation before physical exercise, after the move I lengthened the timer on the vibration plate and the light therapy device to 15 minutes, and spent this time listening to recorded affirmations. Visualizing during this section of my morning Power Playlist wasn’t practical.
I need to find another portion of my day where I can devote visualization, because it’s a small but highly leveraged practice that I know I would get a lot of benefit from, if I could do it on the regular.
Before we moved, I had a great visualization sequence that was really rewarding. But then my goals changed, and I haven’t replaced my previous sequence yet.
4-day weekend once a month
Until I’ve met specific revenue goals, and I won’t have to fret about money when I take the time to relax, I can’t justify more downtime to myself yet. While I know that taking 2 days off per month would have a tremendous positive impact on my health and well being, I kept putting off the days off to hustle for more cash. I know that my attitude to this would change if I had more money and less debt.
Meditate through insomnia
This year I have been diligent about my sleep, because I have had to be. I did not have any serious relapses this year, just a few weak weeks. I have become more adept at noticing my body’s health beginning to slide, and devoting all my spare time and attention to recovery. Whenever I ran out of spoons, I would try to get 12 hours of sleep in one night until I was better.
Cutting my daily coffee intake down to 2 cups per day before 11am really helped. I still have occasional insomnia, but this resolution gave me something immediate and practical to do. Instead of fretting that I was losing sleep, and getting aggravated and staying up, instead I open up my Pranayama app and do deep breathing exercises for as long as it takes. I can either go back to sleep, or wait until my alarm goes off in a meditative state.
Recently I’ve been waking up too early – 5:30 or earlier – and spent the earluy hours scrolling on my phone instead of meditating. Its only a week or two after Summer Solstice, so the sun has been rising earlier (and the birds have been whats waking me up) so I dont thin k this will be a long-term problem, and I have an idea for another resolution that will help with this next year.
Track symptoms daily
Habit stacking works. I was having a hard time taking Serrapeptase in the morning. Its an anti-inflammatory supplement that has to be taken in a fasted state, so I need to take it in the morning. After my first cup of coffee, I make a cup of Pu-erh tea before I can have a second coffee. When I put the kettle on to boil, I take Vitamin C and Serrapeptase before I drink my tea.
I found a similar habit stack for tracking my symptoms for my autoimmune disorder. Exactly 1 year ago, when I made this resolution, I bought an app for my phone called Bowelle. It has customizable fields so I can open the app as soon as I get out of the shower in the morning, track how the day before went, and now I have a year of detailed notes on my condition, symptoms, and diet.
This has been helpful on a few specific occasions, where my condition began to falter, and I was able to look back through my activity history and identify risk factors. I’ve now learned additional triggers that can aggravate my condition, and this helps me live a better life.
Dance every week
The move derailed this resolution, but two weeks ago we bought the most recent version of Just Dance for the Switch. I love that game, and my kids and wife will often dance with me. For more than half the year this was not kept, but I’ve recently picked it back up. I plan to dance more in 22, but I dont think I need a resolution for it.
Publish 100 videos on YouTube and TikTok
100 is too many for one push.
What I learned about myself this year is that I will get bored somewhere shortly after 30. I will want to change the format, or the tech, or the strategy.
Counting client videos (which did not make the list above), I have uploaded somewhere very close to 100 videos to YouTube. I tried to get to 100 in a row (which is why so many have /100 in the title) but only made it halfway there. Over on TikTok, I only published 26 posts this year. I think I haven’t felt ready yet.
Which is totally stupid, because the aesthetic is not polished and pristine, its casual and corny. I keep thinking I have to have this figured out before I do it, which is not how TikTok works, and I know it. I just need to get over myself.
Here’s me trying to kick off 100 and failing, again:
Publish and launch a book
I had some successes with my upcoming book, Marketing Yourself –
- Sent an Advance Reader Copy out to my list
- Revised it based on their feedback
- Revised it again because I didn’t think it was ready to hand over to an editor yet
- Had a book cover designed
I am rather proud of the book cover, and the manuscript (now into draft 7) is being polished more than it really should be.
I need to get this book published and off my plate, regardless if it’s going to be a bestseller. I don’t mind if this book is not how I’m known, because I have other books in me that are more meaningful.
But I can’t get to those books until I finish this one.
I need to finish this project in ’22.
40 Podcast interviews
I planned this for Q421, expecting my book to be done. I’ve put off interviews until I complete this project. Wh. n I do, it will be good to go on a podcast tour and introduce myself to lots of peripheral audiences, but this resolution is dependent on another that didn’t happen.
Saturday solo dates
Trying to schedule my homsechoolers for regular activities is not smart. I live my life by my calendar because I was raised as a schooler, and calendars work for me to plan and get things done.
For my kids, not so much. They just don’t work that way.
What I’ve found more effective for my goal with this resolution, for nurturing a relationship with each of my kids individually, is to share a hobby with each of my kids. When we share a hobby between the two of us, there are countless opportunities throughout the week for us to have time together and share an experience. So this may have been a failure as the way I set the resolution last year, but this is another example of why breaking New Year’s Resolutions is good for you.