Growing up, I remember being SO excited for my first day of school. Now, as an adult, I feel that way every time take an couple of days of work. And I always feel that anticipation in a great way thing at the top of the New Year. There’s something about this whole reflection and goal-setting thing that just feels good.
Word of the Year: WIP
Okay, okay, technically it’s an acronym, but my work of the year is WIP, which stands for Work in Progress. This year I’d really like to lean into accepting that it’s okay that I’m a work in progress. I don’t know what I don’t know.
I’m really focused right now on checking my ego, on making sure that I don’t make decisions or take actions rooted-in my ego.
I explained it this way via email:
Everything is a work in progress. This is possible because we work with a low level of shame. I’ve often highlighted that a low level of shame requires both confidence in ability but also the ability to not let fear or ego keep you from doing something. So my word of the year will be WIP because this year I want to really lean into the idea that everything, especially me, is a work in progress.
Read 34 Books
Last year I read 36 books after setting a goal of 32. It was doable, but that reading wasn’t eventy distributed through the year.
I had a burst of reading at the end of the year, but I struggled to keep pace most of the year. I felt like I read a lot, and I read a good mix of books. If I read more fiction, or even only fiction, I could probably move through a lot more books. The thing is I enjoy reading nonfiction. the data shows that it takes me longer to read nonfiction than it does fiction, and I’m not willing to commit to reading less nonfiction than I did this year.
Process steps: Read 2.8 books per month ~ 27 pages per day. Have this nifty reading pace chart live for 2020.
Push the limits of what my body can do
This is purposefully ambiguous because this could be measured in a lot of different ways and I don’t want to commit to any. I want to: PR a half marathon, deadlift 300 lbs, and get my CrossFit Level 1.
Process Steps: I tracked 170 workouts last year, which averages to more than 3 workouts per week. My months were all over the place- as low as 5 in June when I did a ton of traveling and as high as 26 in July when I didn’t travel at all. Given that, the process goal here is to go to the gym 5 days per week or 19/month. Life is going to get in the way and I’m not going to average anywhere close to that, but I’m going to get workouts in pretty regularly.
Build a career plan
This feels like something I should do. I had a role change this fall into a different kind of job. I should spend some time this year intentionally reflecting on this role, on where I want it to go, what I want to do next, what I need to do after that, and what I need to do to get to either of those places. This isn’t something that I need to set in stone, but I think it’s an important exercise.
Process Steps: Start journaling as part of my weekly review process. This will be a good reflection point.
Be more proactive in cultivating my friendships
I’m not great at this. I’m a homebody by nature and I work from home. This year I gave up social media, and I feel so much better for it, but I’m now totally out of touch with folks and the details of their lives.
Process Steps: Have two purely social events (not tacked on to an obligation!) with friends a month
Say no to more things
Still trying to learn to say no. Still not good at it.
Process Steps: Say no to one thing every month and note what I say no to.