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My Goal Report For August 2020: Goodbye Kettlebell Swings

August… another great month!

Welcome to my August goal report. In this report, I break down each of the goals I worked on for the past month – in this case, August. I cover what went well, what didn’t, and the changes I made. These reports are a look back.

That said, if you ever want to see what I’m currently working on, check out my Now page. It’s the present whereas this report is the past.

Let’s get into it.

*Note: If you’re curious, you can see my July goal report here. I provide a lot more context for the below goals in that post. 

 

My Goal Report For August 2020

  1. Contact five people a day, five days a week for QuickBooost guest post opportunities
  2. Complete two books a month (physical or audiobook)
  3. Take my daughter on a date once a month
  4. Go on a date with my wife once a month
  5. Go to the beach twice a month
  6. Improve my home in at least one way each month
  7. Prepare my daughter for the world in at least one way each month
  8. Practice speed reading twice a month
  9. DONE: Do 50 kettlebell swings a day, four days a week
  10. Contact two people a day, five days a week
  11. Fast for 24 hours, once a week

 

A field notes guide on a desk.

 

Contact five people a day, five days a week for QuickBooost guest post opportunities

I love writing and enjoy doing guest posts for other blogs. I get to create new relationships with really interesting people, plus there are technical benefits as well – Google likes you more, you get exposure to new audiences, etc.

All that to say, by the end of August I had secured and submitted a total of nine guest posts and interviews. Three of which have already been published:

 

Complete two books a month (physical or audiobook)

August proved to be another great reading month. I completed four books:

  • 8/4 – Superfans by Pat Flynn (Audiobook)
  • 8/8 – Atomic Habits by James Clear (Physical book)
  • 8/21 – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Audiobook)
  • 8/25 – Goals! by Brian Tracy (Audiobook)

Presently, I’m listening to Good Calories, Bad Calories on Audible and am physically reading Titan (the John D. Rockefeller biography).

*Note: You can see every book I’ve read this year, here.

 

 

Take my daughter on a date once a month

This month, my daughter and I decided to explore a new park by us. Well… I decided for us since she can’t talk yet.

We picnicked at a nearby spot that overlooked the ocean.

 

Go on a date with my wife once a month

For August, my wife and I stayed in and elected to cook a challenging dish – chicken with stuffed mushrooms. It was delicious and crazy messy to make.

 

Go to the beach twice a month

Seeing as how I live near the beach, I make sure to visit at least twice a month. Plus, summer in California is a great time to go. That said, I ended up visiting the beach three times this month.

Do you care about the specifics beyond that? I doubt it. Let’s move on.

 

A sunny beach with people on it.

 

Improve my home in at least one way each month

When we were first getting insurance for our home, the agent recommended I take pictures and videos of everything in case there are any issues in the future. That way, insurance will be able to value our items effectively.

So this month, I did just that; took a video of each room, each drawer, each nook, and also, you guessed it, each cranny.

 

Prepare my daughter for the world in at least one way each month

This goal always sounds really impressive, but I assure you it’s not. In August, I had the pleasure of researching life insurance policies for my wife and I. How fun!

The good was that we found the company we will work with. The bad is that the actual process of finalizing everything will take longer than expected. So the execution of this goal is being carried over into September.

However, I still count August as a goal success considering how much research I completed.

 

Practice speed reading twice a month

This goal fared much better in August compared to July. Where in July I squeezed in the two sessions right at the end of the month, August was much more spaced out. I practiced speed reading on:

  • 8/15
  • 8/24

If you want to learn about the other strategies I’m using to read more this year than ever before, you can read about it here.

 

 

DONE: Do 50 kettlebell swings a day, four days a week

If you recall from my July report, I had mixed feelings about this goal. I enjoyed doing the swings and had no trouble hitting my goal each week, but the results I was getting weren’t ideal.

While I love my thighs and all, this exercise was making them grow bigger and stronger. Which again, is great, but Fall and Winter are approaching and I’m not looking to buy any new jeans to accommodate for these thighs.

So, I am officially concluding this goal as of August and am replacing it with a new fitness goal for September – Do 50 one arm kettlebell rows (50 reps per arm), four days a week. 

It works similar muscles, just without the legs aspect.

 

Contact two people a day, five days a week

This is one of the more rewarding goals I have. I love creating systems and I also love engaging with people, so creating a process of connecting with people fits perfectly within my lifestyle.

 

A pole with a sticker on it labeled - Hey.

 

Fast for 24 hours, once a week

Finally, I completed five fasts in August:

  • 8/2
  • 8/9
  • 8/16
  • 8/23
  • 8/30

I generally do fasts from Sunday evening to Monday evening. It’s surprisingly nice not having to worry about meals on a Monday – a day that’s generally busy.

 

What do you think? Did you like seeing my goals for the month?

Comment below or send me an email. I don’t want to bias you, but they are really boring to write. 🙂

So if you get something out of this, let me know and I’ll keep doing them. But if they’re as dull to you as they are to me, I’ll retire them. It’s all about experimenting.

And as always, if you want to start achieving goals in your life, be sure to sign up for my goal success program here.

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