2014 Goals Update 

A few days after the the new year started, I posted about my goals for 2014. I thought that it’d be worth giving an update after a couple of months, as a mechanism to keep myself honest.

Dressing Slightly Better

I think I’ve been achieving this, given that it’s a pretty low bar to hurdle. When I’m out running errands or just hanging around locally, I still tend to dress for comfort (hoodies, tees, jeans). At work, I’ve at least mostly started wearing nicer shirts most days.

It’ll be interesting come spring and summer, when the temperatures give me the desire to wear shorts and tees.

But, for now, I’m doing ok on this one.

Getting Back Into Shape

I’ve been walking more (thanks slightly warmer weather and Celtics home games!), which is definitely helping. More than that, aside from a couple of weeks when the flu was kicking my butt, I’ve been hitting the treadmill a couple of times a week (or more). I’m trying to work myself back into averaging 7 minute miles for a 5k. Right now, I’m not there. I think I can get there over the course of the next couple of months.

When I do this update again, we’ll see where I’m at.

Managing My Time Better

This is where I think I’ve probably done the best. I’ve really been pushing hard to keep my inbox as clear as possible (2 emails right now), get data into OmniFocus and into Evernote so that it’s not cluttering my inbox, and to not spend time aimlessly answering and reading email. I’ve put together something like 20 rules to get useless email out of my inbox, and I add more each week. I’ve been trying to not spend too much time on the computer in the morning, instead using that time to go to the gym, then to start my day fresh, cleaning out my inbox and laying out what’s important for the day.

Next, for me, is to probably try to start doing the paperless thing. I’m thinking very, very hard about getting a ScanSnap, even at the crazy price. The ability to get all of the crazy paper that piles up on my desk (and in drawers, boxes, and closets) into digital format is really, really appealing. And, it should help me continue to steal back a bit time each day.