Every New Year’s Resolution Week Four

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Every New Year’s Resolution is a series about changing your life through goal-setting. For 2017 I set 10 resolutions and I’m going to try to achieve them all. Read the original post explaining everything if you’re just getting started. In each post I review my daily progress. This is week two

Wow! It’s hard to believe it has been this quick! We’re already closing in on an entire month!

Monday January 25, 2017

Get Fit: 30 minutes–12 on a stationary bike and 18 on an elliptical. I initially felt the elliptical was too easy, but after really ratcheting up the resistance it felt just as hard, if not harder, than the bike.

Save Money: Currently at $86.11.

Get Organized: I spent 40 minutes vacuuming, getting rid of stuff off my desk, throwing away stuff I didn’t need, etc. It was a minor win but I can feel the progress.

Learn Chinese: I did Chinese flashcards right before bed. Chinese is totally slipping. I’m not skipping it, but I can feel the resistance build. Got to stay strong!

Practice Guitar: Played just after lunch.

Quit Sugar: It was a good day, only 17 grams from a Soylent and a Kombucha.

Read 26 Books: Read The Three Body Problem. 

Minimize Social Media: I checked Facebook a couple times to reply to messages. No feed-scrolling.

Write Every Day: I did the post you’re reading and a LOT of other work for a freelance project.

Make a Difference: Ugh. I feel like a phony with this one.

Tuesday January 24th, 2017

Get Fit: Had an early work meeting and missed the gym. As a result, after taking a Lyft to the mall, I walked the three miles home. This way I got some exercise in while saving money.

Save Money: Currently at $89.64.

Get Organized: I really did very little on this today, but the cleaning from yesterday has really made it much easier to work on projects without feeling cluttered.

Learn Chinese: I did Chinese flashcards right before bed, again.

Practice Guitar: Played in the evening for a little while. I need to move towards learning a new song each month, or week, to keep up the enthusiasm and progress.

Quit Sugar: It was a good day, again only 17 grams from a Soylent and a Kombucha.

Read 26 Books: Read The Three Body Problem. 

Minimize Social Media: I checked Facebook a couple times to reply to messages. No feed-scrolling.

Write Every Day: I did the post you’re reading and other work for a freelance project.

Make a Difference: Ugh. I feel like a phony with this one.

Wednesday January 24th, 2017

Get Fit: Did 17 minutes on the bike. A step down. I really didn’t want to go that day. At least I didn’t stay in bed.

Save Money: Currently at $89.64.

Get Organized: Cleaned the kitchen.

Learn Chinese: I did Chinese flashcards right before bed, again.

Practice Guitar: Played in the evening for a little while. I need to move towards learning a new song each month, or week, to keep up the enthusiasm and progress.

Quit Sugar: It was a good day, I only had 1 gram of added sugar–a teaspoon of Sriracha which I added to my homemade pho.

Read 26 Books: Read The Three Body Problem. 

Minimize Social Media: I checked Facebook a couple times to reply to messages. No feed-scrolling.

Write Every Day: I did the post you’re reading and other work for a freelance project.

Make a Difference: Ugh. I feel like a phony with this one.

Thursday January 26th, 2017

Get Fit: Did 15 minutes on the bike. Really didn’t want to go. I went, but it wasn’t like I did much. Still, I feel like going at all will help me make it through the waning motivation.

Save Money: Currently at $89.64.

Get Organized: I really did very little on this today, but the cleaning from yesterday has really made it much easier to work on projects without feeling cluttered.

Learn Chinese: I did Chinese flashcards in the morning so I wouldn’t have to worry about it later.

Practice Guitar: Played before dinner.

Quit Sugar: It was a good day, though I had 12 grams from two kombuchas.

Read 26 Books: Read The Three Body Problem. 

Minimize Social Media: I checked Facebook a couple times to reply to messages. No feed-scrolling.

Write Every Day: I did the post you’re reading and other work for a freelance project.

Make a Difference: Ugh. I feel like a phony with this one.

Friday January 27th, 2017

Get Fit: Did 33 minutes on the bike. Sort of surprised I found it so hard earlier. It sort of sucked to go but then it was over quickly. Just gotta push through that mental barrier.

Save Money: Currently at $89.64.

Get Organized: Very little, but we’re going to do a big one this weekend.

Learn Chinese: I did Chinese flashcards at lunch.

Practice Guitar: Played before dinner.

Quit Sugar: It was a good day, though I had 13 grams from a soylent and a kombucha.

Read 26 Books: Read The Three Body Problem. 

Minimize Social Media: I checked Facebook a couple times to reply to messages. No feed-scrolling.

Write Every Day: I did the post you’re reading and other work for a freelance project.

Make a Difference: Ugh. I feel like a phony with this one.

Saturday January 28th, 2017

Get Fit: Day off.

Save Money: Currently at $89.64.

Get Organized: Began a massive push towards totally reorganizing the living room. This took all day and it is still not done. Looking good though.

Learn Chinese: Off

Practice Guitar: Practiced so I could get ready to enter the NPR tiny desk contest.

Quit Sugar: It was a good day, though I had 13 grams from a soylent and a kombucha.

Read 26 Books: Read The Three Body Problem. 

Minimize Social Media: I checked Facebook a couple times to reply to messages. No feed-scrolling.

Write Every Day: I did the post you’re reading and other work for a freelance project.

Make a Difference: Ugh. I feel like a phony with this one.

Sunday January 29th, 2017

Get Fit: Day off.

Save Money: Currently at $89.64.

Get Organized: Finished the reorganization by the afternoon. There is a massive difference. Everything is nice now and almost IKEA level. Can we keep it up? Let’s find out.

Learn Chinese: Off

Practice Guitar: Entered the NPR Tiny Desk contest.

Quit Sugar: It was a good day, though I had 4 grams of sugar from a Kombucha.

Read 26 Books: Read The Three Body Problem. 

Minimize Social Media: I checked Facebook a couple times to reply to messages. No feed-scrolling.

Write Every Day: I did the post you’re reading and other work for a freelance project.

Make a Difference: Ugh. I feel like a phony with this one.

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