June, July, August, September, October, goals catch up

Way back in January, when I was full of energy and reading to kick this years ass, I set a bunch of goals for myself and for the first few months I was all over them and making really good progress.

Then work happened, and kept happening, and the routines I’d set all went out the window and since mid-June I’ve struggled to get back on top of everything.  I’ve got all sorts of excuses and reasons why it’s all fallen apart, but at the end of the day there’s only 1 person I can blame, and that’s myself. 

In some areas I’ve continued to improve, other’s I’ve gone completely backwards. I think it’s time for another reset so I can get back on top of my life again. 

Anyway, in the spirit of full disclosure, here’s a progress report…

  1. I’ve just finished my 23rd book for the year, I still haven’t reviewed anything on my blog, however I feel like this is a goal I’ve really made progress on. You can see the full list of what I’ve read, and what I rated it, on Goodreads. (Read 12+ books)
  2. I had every intention of seeing Suicide Squad, still haven’t seen it, apart from that, there haven’t been a lot of movies that have grabbed my attention this year, which makes it a little difficult… I do want to go and see Doctor Strange though, I guess I still have time for that… (See 12+ movies)
  3. So I lost 20kg, then I bounced and put 5 back on, then I lost that, and then I bounced again. Currently I’m sitting at 15kg down on January 1st, which is still quite good, and certainly keeps me still on track for the 20kg for the year mark, but I feel like I keep sabotaging this one and that I could have easily been at 30kg down for the year if I had of stayed on track. (Lose 20kg)
  4. While we were in Fiji in August / September I was walking 10km + every day, I had all the time in the world and I was using it wisely. When I got back to Australia, and back to work, I slipped back into my old routine of being insanely busy and everything went out the window. (Get fitter)
  5. Alcohol…yeh, so the whole bouncing thing with my weight is probably due to me drinking more / too much again. (Drink less alcohol)
  6. I dug another garden bed in the back yard, planted more tropical plants, kept it pretty neat and tidy to date, and we’ve got plans for the next garden bed all sorted. I give myself a pass on this goal.  (Landscape the backyard)
  7. Fiji was fun, that was at the end of August and we were there for 2 weeks. I’ve got a work trip to Switzerland coming up at the end of the month, and I have a week off of work while I’m there, surely I’ll have some fun during that time… (Travel for fun)
  8. I went to Toowoomba a couple of weeks ago, never been there before… (Travel somewhere new)
  9. I don’t recall there actually being anything on that I could’ve attended. (Go to a couple of Trav’s schools events)
  10. We had a fun, sometimes frustrating, season where all the boys improved week after week. Most of the team will be back next year, so I’ll be putting my hand up again to coach them. I’m also booked into a coaching course in February, I’ve enjoyed coaching these kids way more than I thought I would. (Coach / Manage Trav’s soccer team)
  11. We’ve picked up a couple more chairs for the lounge room, that’s about all we’ve done so far though. We do have a plan now however, which is way more than we had before. (Furnish the house)
  12. Yeh…it’s unlikely that this will happen. (Blog 12+ new recipes)
  13. Hahah, same as above, though I did finish the story mode part of FIFA17, that sort of counts, right? (Finish a game on Xbox One)
  14. I’m 1 level away from completing Alto’s Adventure, I’ve been stuck on the same level for 2 months now. And don’t get me started on Pokemon Go, man have I put some hours into that! (Finish a game on iOS)
  15. Nup, not a chance. (Make videos for YouTube)
  16. I was cruising along nicely with Snapchat, never got into Periscope, and then Instagram added Instagram Stories. I love love love Instagram Stories, not just from a consumption point of view, but also making them. (Concentrate on Snapchat and Periscope)
  17. Points at self and laughs uncontrollably. WTF was I thinking… (Blog every day)

When I read through everything above, I’ve actually done reasonably well, all things considered. There’s plenty of room for improvement of course, but overall I’m not that far off of hitting most of the goals I set for myself.  We’re 1 week into November now, with about 7 weeks left to go in 2016, if I go hard at it for the remainder of the year, I can make some solid improvements and get myself all prepped up for 2017.  

Now where did I leave my motivation???

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My name is Mathew Packer, I live on the east coast of Australia in Newcastle with my wife Cath, my son Travis, and our dog Cherry Bomb.

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