Note: I’ve shared some of these things with people before. Some people think it’s cool and give it a try themselves. Others learn how truly devoted I am to my planning / productivity. And a handful consider me somewhat of a psychopath (in a good way I think?). So I guess read at your own risk of your opinion of me.
As some of you may know, I’ve developed my own productivity system where I shoot to do 5 habits every single day. I track whether or not I complete each goal; if I complete 3 of the 5, I consider it a “Quality Day”; if I complete all 5, I consider it a “Perfect Day.”
(Read more about the system here: How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions).
My 5 goals this year are shared below, along with number of days I completed them:
- Wake up without hitting snooze. 273 days (74.6%)
- Write at least 100 words. 358 days (97.8%)
- Exercise for at least 20 minutes. 298 days (81.4%)
- Eat at least 3 servings of fruits or vegetables. 313 days (85.5%)
- Monthly Focus (See below). 303 days (82.8%)
The last one I gave myself the option to switch it up every month. Towards the middle of the year I found a habit that I wanted to stick with for most of the rest of the year.
- January = Exercise voice at least 5 minutes. (23 days / 74.2%)
- February = Play guitar at least 10 minutes. (22 days / 75.9%)
- March = Improvise a song. (18 days / 58.1%)
- April = Exercise voice at least 5 minutes. (15 days / 50%)
- May to July = Reconnect with a friend / family member. (87 days / 94.6%)
- August to September = Connect with someone old or new. (61 days / 100%)
- October to November = Connect with someone new. (47 days / 77%)
- December = Connect with someone old or new. (30 days / 96.8%)
As I share in the write-up, my goal really is to just hit a Quality Day (aka it’s ok if I don’t do something). Ideally these 5 habits are challenging enough that it’s not easy to do (my thinking being that if it was easy, then I wouldn’t need a system to help me do it).
Even though there were days that I missed individual habits, I did succeed at reaching a Quality Day for all 366 days of 2012 (for those wondering, I hit 193 Perfect Days, or 52.7%).
All in all, I was proud of 2012, and thanks to this system, I accomplished many of my goals. Here’s to an even more productive 2013 with renewed habits and motivation.
If you’re interested in trying this system out yourself, check out How to Set Up Your Quality Day System or send me a message and I’d be happy to help you out.