January is coming to a close and it’s time for me to recap how I did with Month 1 of My Happiness Project. Let’s see:
- Set the Day’s Schedule Daily: I think this particular goal was achieved due to a tiny little app I found while searching on iTunes: Any.Do. This app made my daily checklist easy to write, read, and check off! And any recurring ‘to-do’s are already set on my calendar! What a great find!
- Move Move Move!: I started going back to my favorite form of exercise: spin class and committed to 10,000 steps a day. I am proud to say that I have been to spin class enough times that my special area no longer hurts and I did 10,000 step every day in the month of January except once while I was at a convention – by the time I realized that I did not meet my goal it was already passed midnight :-( Oh well. But I walked 10,000 steps every other day of the month! Also, I found another handy app to help motivate me to move: GymPact. The way GymPact works is you set your goal and give it a dollar amount that you promise to pay if you don’t meet that goal. At the week’s end, if you met your goal you pay nothing into the pot, but others on the app that did not meet their goal will have to pay. That money is then divvied up to all of the app users that accomplished their goal. I committed to working out 3 days a week and I did it every week this month! Money really does motivate! Try it out!
- Turn off the TV: I have been much better with this, but I still think there is improvement. Over this last month I have turned the TV off after the Today Show and until I am done working, but then it is back on. I think once it’s not 20 degrees out, maybe it won’t be as tempting, but for now, I’m enjoying re-runs of Friends on TBS.
- Don’t put off tomorrow what I can check off my ‘To-do’ list today: I did this … for the most part. I mean, there are some items that I can just do tomorrow. Ok, Ok, need to continue to work on this one.
- Clean my space: Clear my mind: I’ve been pretty good at this, but once my routine changes (like traveling for 2 weeks) I tend to get off track and need a few days to get back. Like today. I still have a suitcase to unpack. Damn, Ok need to work on this one too!
So my challenge of focusing on managing my time better and getting my energy back up is complete, but these action items will have to continue or really what’s the point? I do think it was helpful to have these typical New Year’s Resolutions disguised as a Happiness Project, because it felt less like I was trying to change something and more like I was trying to gain something – more happiness. So did it work? Well, while I may not have completed each task to the level I consider a success, I am proud of myself for trying and not quitting, and even now sharing this with you. So that in itself has made me happier. Check!