2013 Goals Update – June 4

Posted: June 4, 2013 in Goals
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Progress ReportAnother month has passed, so it’s time again to check in with my goals for the year first published here on January 1 where I shared 11 goals divided into the categories of body, mind and spirit.  Updating my progress here monthly helps hold me accountable.

May was an interesting month for me. I spent 3.5 weeks at home due to needing to be of assistance to my wife who went through her second knee replacement surgery in two months.  I was able to spend some of that time catching up on some goals, but not as much as I had hoped.  So the update this month is still a mixed bag of being ahead on some, right on target with a few, and behind on others.  Here’s the scoop…

Goals related to body:

1. Keep my weight at or below 150 pounds.  Everything is fine here.  My weigh-ins have been at or below my target weight every day since last July 26.

2. Walk/jog/run a total of 10,000 steps per day three days per week. I’m still way ahead of schedule on this one.  With our company’s annual 100 Day Dash starting yesterday where my goal is to average 10,000 steps per day for 100 days, I’ll pass the goal for the year by sometime in September.

3. Average at least six hours of sleep per night.  I still don’t record numbers here, but more nights than not when I set my alarm and lay down, it’s for more than six hours from the time I’m going to bed.  My time at home in May allowed me to play catch-up some and get however much sleep I wanted.

Goals related to mind:

1. Read a book every other week.  I’m two months behind on this goal.  I finished two books during my May time at home and started a third, but I have much to do to catch up here.

2. Blog every other day (at least).  I’ve posted 70 blog posts this year, but an every-other-day schedule would have me at 77 already, so I need some daily ones to get back on track.

3. Continue to follow My 3 Words: Ground, Stretch, Reflect.  This one sneaks up on me because of not blogging every day like I did in 2012.  I don’t think I go a day without doing all three things to some extent, but unless I’m blogging, I don’t spend as much intentional time on the end-of-day reflection.

4. Double the blog’s readership from 10,000 views in 2012 to 20,000.  I’m very happy to report that as of yesterday I surpassed the total readership number for all of 2012, so I am wonderfully ahead of schedule on this.  Many thanks to you, dear readers, for being the reason this goal is on target!

5. Continue to write hand-written letters to my sons.  It’s June, so it’s time to start making notes on what my next letters will be about.  I need to write them sometime this summer.

Goals related to spirit:

1. Finish reading the ESV Study Bible and read half of The Apologetics Study Bible.  I am now about two months behind on this goal.  Yikes!  That’s bad.  I thought I would make more progress on this during my time home in May, but I didn’t.  I may need another “monk week” where I spend a week reading at a nearby monastery once or twice a year to make a serious dent in the deficit.

2. Review 100 Bible memory verses weekly.  All is well here – easily staying current.  After writing a recent blog post about memorizing scripture, I had some good conversations with others, including one about memorizing whole books of the Bible which has me thinking about changing this goal for 2013, staying current with the ones already learned, but maybe adding a Bible book or two to memory.  I’ll wait until the end of the year to decide on that one.

3. Come to some resolution regarding an unsettled situation where I worship.  Completed in January.

The time at home in May was great.  My wife is doing well with her new knees, making progress daily.  I’ve learned more about gardening in her absence than I ever thought I’d know, although I’m still woefully ignorant on the subject.  My dog and I got to spend a lot of time together, including a special Daddy-Doggie Date Day which was fun for us both.  I took a little time just to chill and do nothing from time to time – something we all need probably more often than we do.

2013 is almost half over, believe it or not.  I may not be exactly where I’d like to be in all my goals at the midway point, but I’m not so far behind that I can’t catch up.  Even so, I like being goal-driven and feeling like I’m accomplishing some things.

What about you?  How are you doing on your goals for the year?

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