My List of Habits for February 2016

New name, same format: every month, I publish a list of my daily habits; things like “Do a set of pull ups” or “Write 300 words for a blog post.” I do this, because there is no doubt in my mind that habit forming is the single most important tool to make progress with your goals – slow and steady wins the race, not some kind of heroic effort. And publishing these reports is my way of holding myself accountable for my habits.

So how does it work?

I write out my list of habits, identify the accompanying goal (what do I want to accomplish with this habit in the long run?) and then self-assess my current progress. Simple enough.

Let’s dive right into it!

Health Habits

WAKE UP AT 8 AM EVERY DAY
DO MY ***
TAKE MY SUPPLEMENTS
ONLY GO ONLINE TO GET WORK DONE OR TO TAKE CARE OF NECESSARY COMMUNICATION; ONLY CHECK FACEBOOK / OTHER WEBSITES FOR FUN ONCE A DAY
BUY PRIMAL GROCERIES AT THE STORE
EAT A PRIMAL DIET
UPDATE MY FOOD DIARY & COUNT MY CALORIES
APPLY ***
FLOSS MY TEETH
TAKE A WALK
WORKOUT: DO A SET OF EACH: PULL UPS, PUSH UPS, THE DEEP SQUAT TEST, BICYCLE CRUNCHES, THE COUCH STRETCH, BOX PISTOLS
WATCH A NEW MWOD EPISODE ON YOUTUBE AND WRITE A TABLE OF CONTENTS
ABOUT TWO HOURS BEFORE I GO TO BED, TURN OFF THE LIGHTS IN MY APARTMENT AND LIGHT A CANDLE
ABOUT TWO HOURS BEFORE I GO TO BED, TURN OFF MY COMPUTER AND MY CELL PHONE
ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE I GO TO BED, LISTEN TO AN AUDIOBOOK OR READ SOME FICTION
PUT MY CELL PHONE OUT OF REACH BEFORE I GO TO BED

PhD Habits

WORK ON MY THESIS FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
STOP AND RECORD TIME SPENT WORKING ON THESIS
TOUCH ON AT LEAST 4 KEY AUTOHRS PER STUDY SESSION

Productivity Habits

UPDATE MY HABITS DIARY
AT LEAST TOUCH ON MY MOST IMPORTANT TASK FOR TODAY
AT LEAST TOUCH ON MY MOST URGENT TASK FOR TODAY
AT LEAST TOUCH ON MY OLDEST ACTION-PENDING ITEM
UPDATE MY GTD SYSTEM (INBOX, TICKLER, ACTION PENDING)

*** Habits

WATCH SOME ***
ANALYZE ***
COMPILE A LIST OF ***
RECORD MY ***
DO ***

Learning Habits

STUDY SOME RUSSIAN
CONTINUE READING A SELF-HELP BOOK

Blog Habits

WRITE AT LEAST 300 WORDS FOR A NEW BLOG POST OR WORK ON IT FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES
WRITE A LITTLE BIT FOR ***
GIVE ANY FINISHED ARTICLE TO MY PROOFREADER & STUDY HIS CORRECTIONS
WORK ON INCLUDING MORE DESIGN ELEMENTS IN MY BLOG POSTS & WORK ON THE GENERAL DESIGN OF MY BLOG
WORK ON REPUBLISHING ONE OF MY ARTICLES ON DIFFERENT PLATTFORMS
COMMENT ON OTHER BLOGS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS
EXCHANGE MY AMAZON ASSOCIATE LINKS

Weekly Habits

ONCE A WEEK, APPLY A SPECIAL TOOTHCREAM HIGH IN FLUORID (ELMEX GELEE)
AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK, EAT FISH
AT LEAST THREE TIMES A WEEK, ***

Conclusion

Okay, to sum it up: how did I improve over last month and what I should be doing next month?

Targeted new habits from last month:

  • Spend less time checking emails or my phone → success
  • Start counting calories → success
  • Watch video on flossing → success
  • Walk more → stalling
  • Record one of my workouts → failure
  • Introduce more mobility exercises to the mix → success
  • Turn off my computer and my cell phone earlier at night → stalling
  • Introduce new thesis habit, to increase time spent working on thesis → success, but only recently
  • Introduce a cleanup habit for my GTD system → success, but only very recently

Targeted improvements and new habits for next month:

  • Walk more steps per day
  • Record my form while working out
  • Turn off my computer & cell phone earlier at night
  • Write a little bit for my thesis every day (no excerpts, but actual content)
  • Create more blog posts on nielsbohrmann.com
  • Write daily mementos on ***
  • Start ***

Talk to you next month!