Welcome to my January 2021 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 January 2021 (listed in no particular order).
My goal report for January 2021
- 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
- NEW: At least four nights a week, go to sleep (ie. close my eyes) with eight hours, 40 minutes until my alarm is set to go off
- 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 five minutes each day thinking of things I’m grateful for
Publish one new post/day, five days a week with a word count of at least 500, but no more than 2,500
Writing was my main focus for January. In January I published 18* posts – 17 of which were for my site (read them here) and one of which was a guest post for another blog.
I published something like 18,000 words in the month, which, put another way, is roughly half a book (the average business/personal development book is around 50k words). Furthermore, in January I published my 100th article to my site.
A big accomplishment as far as writing is concerned!
Oh and one last thing, I also found out that my work had been featured on Entreprenuer.com. You can check the article out here (it’s behind a paywall though). You can also find it published here for free.
*Took three days off, which is why I didn’t hit 20 posts for the month. Not a big deal, but mention it for transparency.
Complete two books a month (physical or audiobook)
In January I completed five books:
- 1/4 – The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde (Audiobook)
- 1/7 – The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff (Physical book)
- 1/12 – Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov (Audiobook)
- 1/20 – The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Audiobook)
- 1/26 – The Shift by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (Physical book)
*PS: You can see every book I read in 2021, here. And you can see how I was able to complete 57 books in 2020, here.
Take my daughter on a date once a month
My daughter and I went on our January date on 1/30!
Go on a date with my wife once a month
My wife and I went on our January date on 1/22 (Super Mario Party may have been involved)!
Go to the beach twice a month
In January, I went to the beach on:
Improve my home in at least one way each month
In January, we found and purchased some new decor for our bedroom. I’m very excited to finally have more stuff on the walls.
Prepare my daughter for the world in at least one way each month
In January, I researched and selected an attorney to handle our trust/will formation (ie. guardianship specifications).
NEW: At least four nights a week, go to sleep (ie. close my eyes) with eight hours, 40 minutes until my alarm is set to go off
I feel my best and perform my best when well-rested. This goal ensures that I am in that rested state the majority of the time.
From tracking my sleep over the years, I know that in order to get eight hours of sleep, I need to close my eyes with eight hours and 40 minutes until my alarm goes off.
In January, I achieved this goal every single week (even sometimes doing more than four nights). In total, I completed this goal 17 times. Which is fantastic! In the past I’ve tried creating new habits, new routines, I’ve even read books all in the hopes of getting more sleep.
It wasn’t until I set this goal though that I started to consistently attain what I was after.
Do 50 one-arm kettlebell rows (50 reps per arm), four days a week
January was another great month for rows!
I also achieved this goal 17 times (correlated with sleep? Possibly.) thus totaling 850 reps per arm, 1,700 reps total. That’s a lot of rows and serves as a perfect example of doing something small each day that builds and builds with time.
Like reading, or walking, or drinking more water.
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 figure things out. And honestly, it’s been a mixed bag thus far.
Yes, I’m seeing some results (ie. weight loss), however, not to the extent or with the consistency that I had anticipated. No matter. It feels like I’m on the right path, I may just need to make a minor adjustment.
For instance, I think I’ve been overconsuming dairy.
So, I recently set a cap for it and we’ll see how that goes. I’m optimistic. I actually wrote up a post about the experience right here.
That’s all in regards to results though. As far as the actual goal goes, I achieved it every single day in January – all 28 days (you’ll recall that many of my goals were paused until January 4th – the first Monday of the year).
Other than weekends, where the days vary and I encounter different exposures to food, this whole process has been surprisingly enjoyable and easy.
Spend five minutes each day thinking of things I’m grateful for
This is a really powerful goal. It reminds me of the near infinite things to be thankful for, plus it seems to add even more fulfillment to my life.
On top of that, I normally do this goal while doing cardio. I already feel good when I exercise and when I add being grateful to the mix, it’s even more uplifting. I set the goal for just five minutes, but often it turns into 20-30 minute sessions.
In January, I achieved this goal every single day – all 28 days.
That was my January. How was yours?
Did you make progress? Did you fall behind? Let me know! I’m here to help and always reply back.
PS: When you’re ready to start achieving your goals in the pursuit of a fulfilling life, enroll in my goal success course here.