My New Years Resolutions
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sydneyverifiedco-creator of Commaful
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Making my resolutions public help keep me accountable so here they are! Here's to an amazing 2016! What are your New Years Resolutions? Post em on Pencil :)

My New Years Resolutions

1. Maintain a morning routine

Meditation, work-out, & breakfast on 90% of non-travel days. A morning routine makes me more energized and productive. In 2015, I was okay on meditation, but not so great elsewhere

2. More reading less social media

I blocked Facebook's newsfeed in 2015, but Twitter & FB still take up more time than I'd like. I want 15 min total of personal social media time and 25 min a day for reading

3. Avoid fries, chips, and soft drinks

This is especially difficult when traveling, but much better for my long term health. I LOVE chips, but they slow me down. 1 cheat day every 3 months on chips or fries. Absolutely no soft drinks

4. Focus on the big 2-3.

Often times my to-do list had 10 things on it and I ended up procrastinating on the 1 thing that was most important. Focus on the most important 2 or 3 things at a time.

5. Be 100%

If I'm writing a Pencil post, 100% of my attention should be on making the best post ever. If I'm with friends, I should be present 100%. Full attention because people & work deserve nothing less

Happy New Year!!

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2 years agoReply
I have soo many! Run more - read more - dream more :) Maybe all of them can fit into those tiny, little buckets?

2 years agoReply
For someone like me that never finds time to read books and struggles with Kindle as a device or app, Audible is just the best investment. I get to listen to books when I'm travelling and cycling and therefore benefit from the joy of other people's writing. I listen to podcasts too but just hope that more and more books are published in Audible form. Have a great 2016

sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
2 years agoReply
@santiburi this is great! Is audible worth the investment? Been debating getting the subscription. Been listening to podcasts right now but I do miss the books Good congratulations on the surgery and Paleo diet!

2 years agoReply
Thank you: that simple post helped refine my personal plan. 1. Identical thought. 2. Reading doesn't work for me but converted to Audible last year and I will continue to listen to books of different types in 2016: much more valuable than social media for me. 3. Went through the Whole30 experience last year following major surgery and not looked back so my plan is to stick to a Paleo diet forever. 4. This is the big one for me and proving to be difficult. Must find the way to get to 2 or 3 priorities. 5. Second big priority. Switching off all notifications bar diary events is helping. Good luck in 2016

2 years agoReply
@sydney I do have a project in mind but I want to talk to recruiters to get sharpen my thoughts first. I have a private MVP built that I'm using like a digital sketchbook.

2 years agoReply
@sydney so true! Especially with work tools like Slack bleeding over into our personal lives with notifications. I think I'm just going to work on being better at distinguishing what notifications need to be responded to then and what can be saved for later. My previous impulses made me want to respond to everything right away.

sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
2 years agoReply
@kevinshin We do have similar themes! How are you planning on accomplishing 4? So hard to do in a world of notifications

sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
2 years agoReply
@andrew shipping is always hard. I love it! One word means FOCUS! Have you started working on any side projects?

2 years agoReply
@sydney overall, I think we're working on pretty similar themes with productivity and health! Some things I'd like to focus on this year are 1. Focus - My focus for work is no where nearly as great as it was a few years ago. Too many distractions now days 2. Health - Continue to drop more fat. Currently 165 lb. Want to get down to around 145 before working on muscle building. 3. Projects - I want to start on and ship a project instead of always making excuses 4. Awareness - Less reactive time, more proactive time. I spend a lot of time reacting to things as they come in (emails, texts, requests) but I want to work on carving out time and making set routine to do things

2 years agoReply
@sydney I was inspired by John Saddington (https://twitter.com/8bit) who devotes his entire year to a single word. This year, I've decided to devote my year to the word "SHIP". It sounds small, but I've abandoned too projects. I'm sick of not finishing things I start so I'm forgetting about perfection and shipping.