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“Continuous improvement is a dedication to making small changes and improvements every day, with the expectation that those small improvements will add up to something significant.” James Clear
It’s been exactly one month since I posted my first Building Better Habits post and just over three months since I revealed my goal to lose one pound a month this year.
Time for an update!
As you can see from my April calendar, I’ve been to the gym at least 3 times a week and never missed more than 2 days in a row. Wait a minute, that’s not exactly true; a few of the days in the last two weeks of the month, I actually walked outside. I was in St. Louis. The weather was beautiful, and my daughter lives very close to a fabulous park with great trails – more on my trip next week.
As far as my goal to lose one pound a month, I’m down 5.25 pounds. So, I’m still ahead of my goal (which is so much nicer than being behind!) Even better, my body fat percentage is down by 1%. I am still building the exercise habit, and I’m beginning to enjoy it a little bit. There are days when I really don’t want to go to the gym, and I watch the clock the whole time I’m there. But, I’m always glad I’ve gone. And overall, I think I’m feeling better than I was at the end of last year.
Time for another new habit – Writing Every Morning!
Because I work as a writer, you’d think that writing every morning would be an easy one for me, but you’d be wrong. Yes, I write on most days. And because I know that I do my best work in the morning, I generally write most mornings. Goal achieved, right? Well, I guess it would be if it was just a matter of working every day. But I want more than that; don’t you?
I don’t know a single writer who only wants to do client work. In fact, when I tell people I’m a writer, no one has ever asked me who my clients are or what I’m writing for them. Instead, curious friends and new acquaintances ask, “Are you writing a book?” (I have in the past, but I’m not right now.) Another common question is, “What do you write about?” I like this question so much better because it opens the door for me to talk about my favorite writing topic, Rehearsing RetirementTM.
I like my clients. Since I have to do research for most of their projects, I’m always learning, which I really enjoy as well. The problem comes when I put writing Rehearsing RetirementTM blog posts behind my client’s writing.
After working (writing) all day, my brain is mush.
I have three blog posts I want to write about my recent trip to St. Louis, one about flying United, another about St. Louis Shakespeare’s SHAKE 38 Festival, and finally, a post about the things my daughter and I did when we weren’t attending Shakespeare productions. And remember in Travel Time: Destination Dallas when I promised posts about our visit to Magnolia Market and the Dallas Trolley? I still need to write those too. In addition, after a recent blog post brainstorming session, I have a list of 102 other post ideas. So, beginning on Monday, the first 90 minutes of my writing days is going to be committed to you, my readers.
Years ago, I read the book (affiliate link included for your convenience) Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. I don’t remember all the habits – guess it’s time to read the book again! But the one I do remember is: Begin With the End in Mind. Right now, my encore career is primarily that of a business writer – check out JeanneNoorman.com if you want to know more about what I do. In a few years, when Greg and I have retired, I plan to transition to just blogging. With that end in mind, I need to make sure my blog is getting the attention it needs to grow.
I enjoy writing, and I’ve been told I’m pretty good at it. But, I want to be better. This post began with a quote from an article on Continuous Improvement by one of my favorite writers, James Clear. What I’ve learned from him about getting to the gym and losing weight is working so far. By committing to spending more time (at a set time) writing Rehearsing RetirementTM you’ll have more (and better written) posts to read. And together, we’ll all enjoy life better now and be more prepared for retirement later – after all, that’s the purpose of Building Better Habits and Rehearsing RetirementTM – practicing tomorrow while living today and better enjoying all of it!
What about you?
What ‘better habits’ are you building? How’s it going? Let me know what’s working for you!
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