How do we get results we tell ourselves and the world we want to get?
@craigpatterson wrote a great post in which he humbly and confidently looks forward to August, 2019, here's what he says:
In August, I will;
Complete what I'm calling "Awesome August", which is making my spreadsheet 100% green. I attempted this in for Flawless February but wasn't quite successful.
Read, every day. I'm currently in the middle of Company of One, but I've not read anything in several weeks. Once I've finished Company of One, I'll read Shape Up by Ryan Singer, of Basecamp.
Up my exercise to 4 times per week. I've been running 3 times per week for a while now. I want to mix it up a bit, so I'll try something new, but still run at least once per week.
Eat healthier. I have eaten incredibly poorly recently. Time to sort this out!
Lose weight. I'm pretty close to my target, but I've been stagnant for a few months now.
Participate in Fixathon. I have a team project planned, but I wanted to do a solo project too. I'm not sure the latter will happen though.
Progress on The Cake Pays. I started this in January, but never made any significant progress.
How will you transform?
What's in it for you if you have an Awesome August?
1. Who else knows about the spreadsheet?
2. What incentive do they have to support you? (i.e. What's in it for them? )
1. Why daily?
2. When will you read?
3. What's a minimum amount you can stick to, knowing you have other things you want to do? One page? One paragraph? ( I.e. maybe not overdoing a single day keeps you from missing something else. That happened with me and exercise. By not overdoing it in the early stages where enthusiasm exceeded endurance, I was able to prevent the pain that normally caused me to need a day off. )
4. Since we're talking about habits -- what's the Trigger that will tell you it's time to read?
Exercise 4x Week:
1. Why 4x? Why not 3x with more intensity or 7x with lower? What's the outcome you want?
1. What's one thing you know works for you? (For me, cutting out the cream in my coffee sounds like an easy thing, but I think a mild dairy allergy causes me to want to respond with some 'balancing' food. Think of when you get buzzed on beer then want to eat something to absorb it. So avoiding cream in coffee will allow me to drink as much coffee I want without seeking muffins.)
1. Why? How much? What combination of events will effect this? ( I'm currently in this process, so we could support each other - for me, I'm not finding it difficult to just lower my calories substantially. Here's what I'm doing: a) eating the same meals over and over. b) not eating for entertainment c) loading in the veggies d) eliminating cream in coffee and muffins
Let's hear about this solo project. Maybe it's not a single-month project and getting started, doing a little daily, and updating a document will have you feeling confident about taking on projects that take more than a single rocket month.
The same as Fixathon - sounds like you need a little structure and support around longer projects.
There are a lot of people here in 200 words that can help support -- and you likely have your own friends, family and SO that can help.
@rosieodsey is a personal systems consultant now,
@haideralmosawi just launched a 12-week productivity course
@baz is always supportive and encouraging with his clarity and wisdom building 200words
and now, thanks to you and the original post, I'm working on a new project designed around supporting people in creating great months of execution and enjoyment.
Ultimately, here are a couple of things I know work:
1. Clarity of purpose about why you're doing and what results are realistic.
2. Big goals - that are worth moving toward - to have the experience ( but don't need to get done until you figure out how to get there -- i.e. not all are achievable in a month, just because want them )
3. Rely on yourself but get support and encouragement from others. E.g. never wait for your buddy to go for a run if you have one scheduled. If they don't go, you go anyway. Or, even get another run in separately even just to get your daily exercise checkmark.
What works for you when you want to get results?