Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The New Way to Set Goals Part 2 | Sputtering

My next January goals included: read scriptures, exercise, having a morning planning session, getting up at 7:00 am, which would, of course, be facilitated by the final goal of going to bed by 11:30 pm.

The results were mixed.  I had streaks of reading my scriptures everyday followed by streaks of not getting it done. I learned that it's really painful to get up at 7:00 especially on the days I was going to bed after 11:30.  For me, I need a minimum of 7.5 hours of sleep.  But I do much better on 8 hours.  Consistently depriving myself of needed sleep has been very ineffective.

Toward the end of the month, Wendell learned that he has Type 2 Diabetes.  It wasn't welcome news. But as Wendell's morning schedule changed to include consistent exercise, it threw my mornings for a loop and I was scrambling to get traction in my morning activities again.

Meanwhile, I was really struggling to check the going-to-bed box because I couldn't figure out what "counted."  Did I have to be asleep by 11:30?  What if I had prayers said, teeth brushed, contacts out and I was lying in bed?  What if I was just in the bedroom and Wendell and I were talking?  I honestly couldn't figure out when I could check the box and when I couldn't.  And Wendell and I often had different opinions about it.

"Oh, look!" I said one night as I put on my PJs.  "It's 11:25, I've made my goal!"

"You're not even in bed," Wendell countered.  "You still have contacts in, you have to brush your teeth...  This is totally not going to bed by 11:30.  It might be 11:45 before you're actually done."

By the 20th of January I wasn't tracking anything, which meant that except for my new habit of kneeling to pray, I was not accomplishing any of my goals.

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