So 2018 has come to an end, and I wasn’t even the least bit sorry to see the year. I’m going to be do an post for the year in review, so right now I’m going to focus looking back at my goals for December.

So my goals for December included:

1) 434,000 steps (this is still basically 14K/day; technically I can do quite a bit less and still reach my 5 million goal by the end of the month. I’m going to try to keep as close as possible to 14k/day—just to see what my final yearly total will be and maybe adjust next year’s goal higher).

2) Shakeology daily (if I don’t have it for breakfast, I need to remember to pack it for a snack on campus).

3) Read (or finish) at least 3 non-fiction books

4) Limit what I’m buying on campus (aim for at least 2 non-spend days a week [three would be great]), also start keeping a money log again on what I’m buying (and how I’m paying for it).

5) Make my hybrid workout calendar and sticking with it

6) Working through the different e-courses (and taking notes and writing small blog posts).

7) Working on the transition plan (again with blog posts).

8) Working on a editorial calendar for the blog (some of the other goals will be on that calendar as well).

9) Networking & adding value on linkedin.

10) Writing reviews of the books that I’ve finished (but haven’t reviewed yet):

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

            Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

            Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

            Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

            Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

            Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream by James Altucher

            Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

            CareerCode: Know Your Code, Find your Fit by Jan Lowe & Tracy Lungrin

            YouMap: Find Yourself, Blaze Your path, Show the world! By Kristin Sherry

11) Restart the photography challenge (which may or may not match on various social pages).

So how did I do with my goals for December?

In terms of my step goal (at least 434,000) I managed to get 392,346 steps (it was short for the goal—but truthfully I didn’t need that many to reach the yearly goal), and that got me over my yearly goal of 5 million by several thousand steps. I ended the year with 5,278,971 steps. This was the first year that I managed to hit the goal of 5 million steps (and I’ve set the goal for three years). So I think that I will be keeping this as a yearly goal going into 2019 as well (trying to hit 5 million steps).

This was not the month for daily shakeology. My morning allergies have just been almost extreme this month so I usually try to have something solid for breakfast, and since I don’t really like mixing shakeology with water I haven’t managed to figure out how to have it at work for a snack (hopefully I can figure it out for the new year).

I have only managed to finish the following non-fiction books:

            Reinvent Yourself by James Altucher

I started out the beginning of the month doing okay in terms of keeping a money log, and even managed to have a day where I didn’t buy any sweets on campus, but I didn’t managed to go more than a single day this month in terms of not spending money (and basically after the first week of the month, I fell behind on doing the money log as well).

I made my hybrid Beachbody workout calendar for December and actually even posted it to the blog—but other than the few first days I haven’t actually completed a workout this month (other than walking). So this is something I’m also going to need to get back on track with come the New Year.

I have made a little progress with the transition plan (namely trying to do some personal development and trying to determine what my strengths and weaknesses are and then I can start tailoring my transition plan to my strengths while trying to strengthen some of my weaknesses).

In terms of everything else that I also had on the goal list for December, I really didn’t hit that many of those goals either. In part I think that I just had too many varied things on the list, and I am still struggling with time management in the evenings (two things to work on in the New Year).

So goals for starting out 2019, what will they be?

At least 434,000 steps (this will be breaking down to the minimum of 14K/day), so that I can be on track for reaching 5 million steps again by New Year’s Eve.

Starting to interact more on Linkedin.

Restarting the photography challenge (may or may not be same picture on the blog and other social pages).

Working through different e-courses and on the transition plan (making notes and posting updates on the blog).

Working on different science posts for the blog.

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books (aiming to read at least 10% of a book a day—lovely thing with the kindle as it tells you the % of the book you’ve read; would make it approximately 3 new books a month).

Workout daily (either restart a beachbody program or start a hybrid program), alternating resistance training with cardio (and hopefully a walk on the weekend along with yoga).

Figure out how to ensure that I’m having my shakeology daily (probably as a snack—though I’m pretty sure that I’m going to be down a day (as I didn’t have it today)).

And finally to remember to take things a day at a time and slowly but surely I’ll get a little better at time management and things will get done easier and quicker.