Welcome to my December goal report! In these reports, I pop my head up from the sea of daily to-dos and take a look back; providing a recap of my goal progress for the past month.
A few things to note before I jump in…
- You can see past goal reports here.
- You can see the goals that I’m currently working on right here (updated often).
- And most importantly, if you too want to start achieving your goals, you can enroll in my goal success course here.
With that taken care of, here are my goals from December 2020 (listed in no particular order).
My goal report for December 2020
- Publish one new post/day, five days a week with a word count of at least 500, but no more than 2,500
- Complete two books a month (physical or audiobook)
- Take my daughter on a date once a month
- Go on a date with my wife once a month
- Go to the beach twice a month
- Improve my home in at least one way each month
- Prepare my daughter for the world in at least one way each month
- DONE: Contact up to two people a day, five days a week
- DONE: Donate 5% of our Christmas fund to the non-profit, First Book, by December 11th
- Do 50 one-arm kettlebell rows (50 reps per arm), four days a week
- Consume ten or fewer grams of net carbohydrates a day, seven days a week
- Spend 5 minutes each day thinking of things I’m grateful for
Note: This month is special
Before we move forward, I need to point out that December is unique; it’s an edge-case. With the holidays taking place in the latter part of the month, I took a good amount of time off. Both in terms of QuickBooost and my other goals as well.
Breaks are important and as long as you are thoughtful about when you stop and, more importantly, start up again with your goals, there is no harm in resting every once and awhile.
So keep that in mind as you navigate through this goal report.
Publish one new post/day, five days a week with a word count of at least 500, but no more than 2,500
Writing is at the core of QuickBooost and served as my focus for December. In December I published 13 posts – 11 of which were for my site (you can read them here) and two of which were guest posts for other blogs.
Considering I took the latter part of the month off, I am tremendously pleased with the articles I published and look forward to even more works in January!
Complete two books a month (physical or audiobook)
In December I completed six books (making it 57 for the year):
- 12/1 – The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (Audiobook)
- 12/7 – As a Man Thinketh by James Allen (Audiobook)
- 12/12 – The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X & Alex Haley (Physical book)
- 12/14 – The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy (Audiobook)
- 12/22 – Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov (Audiobook)
- 12/28 – Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (Physical book)
Take my daughter on a date once a month
For December, I took a day off and spent it with my daughter. We went for a walk, played, and did other fun things like that.
Go on a date with my wife once a month
I always feel weird writing about this goal along with the one above (which is why I normally keep them brief). It feels very Dear Diary to me… no matter. This month, my wife and I went on a day-date.
We grabbed lunch and walked around a shopping outlet, marveling at the long lines outside each store.
Go to the beach twice a month
In December, I went to the beach on:
Improve my home in at least one way each month
In December I hung the sixth and final frame on the wall of our living room; thus concluding a project that took half of 2020 to complete (what with finding the prints and getting the frames and all that).
Our living room is finally done.
Prepare my daughter for the world in at least one way each month
More baby proofing is needed! So in December, I researched and selected several items that we will be ordering shortly.
DONE: Contact up to two people a day, five days a week
This goal was inspired by the book, How to Be a Power Connector, by Judy Robinett (learn more here).
The reason I am no longer considering this as an active goal is that it has become ingrained in my regular day-to-day life. Now that the habit’s been formed and systems have been implemented, I no longer need to consider this an active goal – because it’s part of my lifestyle.
You can read more about how habit goals work here.
DONE: Donate 5% of our Christmas fund to the non-profit, First Book, by December 11th
I completed this goal by making the donation on December first. Done!
*You can learn about First Book, and donate, right here. In a nutshell, they provide books to impoverished schools and families.
Do 50 one-arm kettlebell rows (50 reps per arm), four days a week
December was another good month for rows. I feel stronger and, though I took the latter part of December off from this goal, I am happy with the results and look forward to more rows in 2021.
Consume ten or fewer grams of net carbohydrates a day, seven days a week
If you’ve been following along with this goal, you know that it’s taken me some time to find the right fit of daily carb intake.
Well, in December, I started to see signs of progress.
At the start of December, I dropped my daily consumption to ten grams (net) and took it full-time at seven days a week. A few weeks after making these changes, I had lost six pounds.
Now, I gained that all back (and then some) when I decided to binge on cookies and desserts for the latter part of December, but that’s completely fine. I have a good feel for what I’m doing now and look forward to the results that January is sure to bring.
Spend five minutes each day thinking of things I’m grateful for
After reading The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy, it is my understanding that reminding yourself of what you’re grateful for is a powerful way of attracting more positivity and goodness into your life.
Thus, this goal.
I started this goal right before going on my goal-break, so I don’t have a ton of sessions to show for it just yet, but even so, I completed this goal nine times in December.
That was my December. How was yours?
Did you make progress? Did you fall behind? Let me know! I’m here to help and always reply back.
By the way, I know that January is often a time when you and many others are looking to set goals. If you have any questions about setting things up or how to work through roadblocks when you inevitably encounter them, please feel free to reach out to me.
I love talking about this stuff and love helping people even more. You can email me right here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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