Last year, I tested out a lot of things. I tried to implement new habits everywhere. Some were beneficial, some were useless. After one full year of trying to implement the following daily habits, I’ve learned how to be my most productive self.
- Exercise (run and lifting weights)
- Eat healthy
- Play (tennis, squash, golf)
- Read a book
- Learn a language
- Read the newspaper
- Limiting stimulants (caffeine, nicotine)
Some of these have been easy for me to do regularly. Finding tennis took me a while, but once I started to play, I quickly learned to love this habit. Writing daily is another habit that came naturally to me – it’s my favorite way to get my brain moving in the morning.
Others were more challenging. Eating healthy is a difficult daily task, and so is limiting stimulants (for me) and finding time to read. It’s been a struggle, but I finally feel like I’ve found a healthy lifestyle that I can maintain by eating low-carb. My doctor recommended I go gluten free for another health issue, and it seems to be a good fit for me.
My goals for 2017 incorporate the habits I picked up in 2016. I look at 2016 as a year of discovery, and 2017 as a year of action. Here are my measurable goals for 2017:
- Run one mile every day
- Lift weights 5x per week
- Eat less than 50g of carbs per day
- Meditate for 10 minutes every day
- No more toxins
Most of the other habits from 2016 I will continue to do (learning, reading, writing) regardless of these goals – they’ve already become part of my daily life. Writing every morning, reading every evening, and practicing new languages will continue outside of my goals.
Hopefully, when I look back on these goals in 2018, I’ll feel good about starting out my 30th year of life as a healthier individual. I want to make sure that I’m setting myself up for lots of good years ahead.