Time Management: I’d like to wake up earlier and to spend less time on hobbies that are not time-sensitive and/or are subject to diminishing returns (say, Michigan football recruiting updates, or playing Starcraft). I’d like to read more, listen to more audiobooks, spend less time on Twitter, and figure out a good system for saving and reading articles instead of getting pulled out of a flow.
Mindfulness: The times in my life when I felt most powerful, in control, and aware, were the periods when I was also most mindful. I know that it’s a lifelong process and not just a matter of meditating, but that’s where I’m going to start. I’ll probably use the Headspace app to train, practice, track.
Fitness: My fitness goals this year revolve around strength, flexibility, core integrity / back health, and distance running.
Strength: I want to “complete” the Stronglifts program which revolves around squat, bench press, bent over row, overhead press, and deadlift. I want to confidently perform these compound lifts with good form, moving at the pace prescribed the program. This is a “beginners” program which is designed to build a good foundation of functional strength, and calls for relatively quick progress. Eventually, the program will become too difficult (diminishing returns vs. a linear program), and it will be time to look at an intermediate program.
Flexibility: I have very tight ankles / achilless, hamstrings, hips, and shoulders. It’ll be important to take flexibility seriously to avoid injury and support my other fitness goals. This will require daily attention and a real focus on maintaining good posture throughout the day.
Core Integrity / Back Health: Connected to the two goals above, but with a special focus on core strength and coordination. Planks, bear crawls, walk outs, back extensions, etc. I had a bulging disc (?) at one point this year and was in relative agony for close to a week. Not trying to let this become an issue going forward.
Distance Running: In 2016 I ran my first half-marathon, and I’m scheduled to run the NYC Half in March. My last pace came in at 9:02/mile, and I’d like to improve on that mark this second time around.
Diet: A few specific items I’d like to address:
Consistently eat a better breakfast. Hard boiled eggs? Oatmeal?
Avoid over-eating, which might mean taking longer breaks between additional portions.
More veggies at dinner (typically do okay at lunch)
Less “boredom” drinking of a few beers when kicking back at the end of the night.
Drink more water throughout the day.
Healthier snacks in the office: greek yogurt, vegetables, etc.