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I don’t know about you, but I need accountability and I need the win. I am a rule follower and an admitted achievement junkie. Put my name next to a task and it will get done. If there is a chance there is recognition involved (even if it is with my virtual blog community) it will get done faster and better. Knowing this about myself, I adopted a scorecard strategy (just like Gretchen Rubin) for tracking and scoring monthly goals. My first scorecard for January/Energy is complete and here are the results.
High Scores: The mental goals of under-reacting, staying positive and faking energy levels yielded immediate payoffs. Instead of wasting energy on negative self-talk, anxiety and resentment or feeling like I should save my energy for later (was I going to need to lift a car off of someone in a few hours?) I could choose a virtuous cycle of seeking out the positive, talking myself up instead of putting myself down and faking higher energy levels just to see what might happen. This left me feeling strong, capable and ready for anything. Nailing these 3 goals definitely contributed to higher energy and feeling like the old me again. Life changing.
Above target but not perfect: These goals ranged from the fun stuff like planting email seeds (sending out love into the email universe and looking forward to what came back to my inbox) to matters of pure discipline like taking my vitamins and not staring at my blog stats all day. When it comes to the blog, I have to admit that the days I was successful at not peeking until my must-do work objectives were complete were days I was so busy I barely had time to eat or escape to the ladies room let alone do anything personal on my laptop.
Needs Improvement: The lowest tier consisted of writing things down at work (detailed notes), sleeping, eating and exercising. Writing things down? What does that have to do with energy? Well it helps me learn and also helps me with anxiety and feeling overwhelmed. Some days I have nothing but meetings all day and I catch myself taking little mental vacations (kind of like Walter Mitty) and coming back to earth and realizing I have no idea what is being discussed. Even though I didn’t hit target on sleep, I know that having a goal to get good sleep got me in bed earlier most nights. The days I could put a solid checkbox in the sleep column were great days. There is just something so satisfying about the guilty pleasure of 8 good hours of slumber. Even though eating clean and getting my 10K of walking didn’t score as high as I would have liked, compared to where I was pre-January, I have to give myself mad props. To get 10K steps in 50% of the time is a big deal. If I had been measuring in December, my score would have been closer to 10%. So huge jump there. The eating thing is a day by day journey. I did pretty good until my supply of Costco peanut butter pretzels was replenished.
All in all, 80% is the target and 80% is my average. I’m feeling energized by my success and that energy is showing up as more of me to give away (one of my 12 commandments). I will keep the January scorecard going in February (in addition to February’s goals) to make sure I don’t lose ground.
Have you ever had a New Year’s resolution that landed real change in your life? What was it and what was your secret to success?