KNOWING FULL WELL what works when I stick with good resolutions, I'm rewarming 2018 and 2019 resolutions and going with confronting and executing three numbers every day, numbers that happen to be on many of the batteries we're using with a home automation project. They are the numbers three, seven, and 1000. Each holds a specific meaning that Paul O'Mahony encouraged me to set when he first shared the concept of sticking with easy-to-grasp sequences.
Three meaningful daily contacts
Truth be told, I prefer to make or renew three contacts with my immediate family. We have cousins in seven States, extending across eight time zones. And I have a series of recommended actions generated every morning via Contactually, my preferred contact management system. Just playing the bucket game with Contactually, recommended by Dave Delaney, could put me into productive use of ten minutes every day. I'd get more out of that rather than scrolling Instagram.
Seven Minute Daily Workout
I want to empower Dylan (8) to hold my legs while I do sit-ups and to put his hand under my chest while I do push-ups. Those two simple team-building activities would help me burn off some of my waistline. And if I buy myself some knee-high bright green socks, I might log a series of seven minute miles before the end of the year. There's nothing like Strava keeping me honest. But first, I need to figure out how to make my Strava account accept a new credit card.
1000 words a day
I feel so complete when I write 1000 words a day. This is very challenging during my normal work day so I'm determined to figure out a way to get to work 30 minute before the daily entrance of students on campus. I know that I can get to my 1000 words by using Otter.ai's transcription service after talking into a high quality microphone for around 10 minutes. If I perfect a workflow that causes me to reduce my lectures to 15 minute segments, I could easily crank out several 1000 word samples every day. Or I could produce three blog posts around this length every day, and I'd hit my 1000 word target.
What about you? Would you share any major resolutions you're making for 2020? What do you think of me simply rewarming and recommitting to a process that should achieve results?
[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus for the Limerick Institute of Technology. He used to run marathons at a six minute mile pace (see photo above). Today, he is trying to digest more than 300 Moleskines that he's filled since arriving in Ireland in the late 90s.]