Motivation Monday: A Week of Almosts

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During week one, my goal was to get up by 6:30 AM every day. How’d I do?

  • Monday: 7:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 7:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 6:30 AM
  • Thursday: 7:15 AM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM
  • Saturday: 6:30 AM
  • Sunday: 6:30 AM

So I was…kind of successful. Considering I had been getting up at 8:00 AM or later, it was definitely an improvement! I only met my true goal 43% of the time though. And it was always tough. Except, surprisingly, Wednesday morning. I stayed up until about 2:00 AM watching election returns, went to sleep for about four hours, and then was wide awake between 6:00 and 6:30. That’s election night adrenalin for ya! (But believe me, I was dragging by that afternoon.)

Of course Saturday and Sunday I was at a conference, so the getting up early wasn’t so much optional. But I’m still counting it!

So where do I go from here? Well, I’ve got to keep trying. So I’m continuing my goal this week to get up at 6:30 AM. This week, my plan is at least to beat 43%. Hey, if I increase the number of days I get up early by one per week, I’ll be at my goal in a month!

So what is the new goal I’m adding this week? It’s a crazy week for me; I’m still at my conference today and Tuesday, and then Thursday and Friday I’m in Chicago for another meeting. This is a tough time of year to start making changes to my routine! Of course, if I wait for the right time, it’ll never happen. So I need to aim for something additional this week.

Week Two Goal: Workout 3x for at least 20 minutes.

That shouldn’t be too hard, right? I’m not too worried about the intensity or calorie burn; all I’m worried about right now is habit-building. It would be great if by the start of 2019, I had a lot of really great habits in place that I could really buckle down and build upon. Plus, January – May is my busy time at work, so the sooner I get these things down the better!

What about you? Do you try to make changes this late in the year, or are you waiting for New Years resolution time?

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