How To Get There
Have you ever outkicked your coverage? Well, I’m living that life right now. I never expect to be as happy, healthy and fulfilled as I have been for the past few years. I didn’t land here on accident, although I do consider myself immensely blessed. Over the years I have identified what makes me happy. I am most happy when I am producing or creating something of significance. I don’t enjoy leisure and I don’t require significant rest time because I get all antsy in my pantsy. Maybe you are the opposite of me and want a plan to establish more productive time. I believe this plan will work for both types of individuals and I’m excited to share some of the methods I use with anyone who will listen.
I break down my goals into timeframes of Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly with subcategories of Do, Have, Go, Be. This list has been formed by trial and error over the last few years. To put it all on paper takes about 2 hours of uninterrupted time (hard to wrangle, I know*) but now the marching orders are in place for the next 90 days. I’d say that is a decent ROI!
*“Too Busy” excuse; If you can’t carve out 2 hours somewhere in your life, you don’t have a life.
Daily Do** Sprint in the AM. Fast twitch muscle fiber recruitment is paramount to my prehab and psyche. Typical program is 6-10 reps of 80-120 meter sprints of slightly uphill dirt track running. Rest/work ratio is roughly 5-1. Done in less than 12 minutes. Boom.
Weekly Have** More peace about rest time. I intentionally keep my phone more than an arm’s length away so I can be in the moment without reactively reaching into the internet. Seems to be working.
Monthly Be** Shelf an old injury. I have been playing hot potato with injuries my whole career and now that I am retired, those nagging injuries need to be put to bed. Some issues will never be fully corrected due to the extent of the damage but if they are managed properly, they will never be more than occasionally annoying. I liken it to a small fire in the middle of my house: if you spray water on it every day, it won’t burn the whole house down. Sure it smells like smoke but it is managed.
Quarterly Random ** Reduce lazy purchases. When I don’t make lunch the night before work I almost always buy lunch the next day.
I have blind spots in this list, obviously. It wasn’t intended to be a life plan or even the sole North star for my life. 90 days is a statistically significant amount of time to assess one’s short term efficacy. 90 days is short enough to project out your schedule while long enough to form habits and rituals when done consistently. For the science nerds out there, n=90 contributes enough significant data points to draw conclusions in your own life.
Perhaps you are happy with your routine, life and trajectory! In that case, scroll on by! But for me, I found myself going an inch in a million directions. More specifically, I compiled this list for 3 main reasons:
It would take far too much time to explain the WHY behind my priorities but I’m confident you can see the patterns; set a solid platform for myself so I can dial in fully to my family, craft and friends. I am always learning, modifying and yes, failing to live up to own expectations. I hope my list inspires you to create your own goals with the purpose of being the best human you can be 90 days at a time
To asses your own personal goals in the same fashion as Dr. Zach, download the file below!
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