Now 15 weeks have passed by, so it’s the time to summarize my last 5 weeks’ efforts and look for more rooms for self-improvement again. Today I plan to tell you something I learned within last 5 weeks that effectively improved my work. Now I totally understand that hard work alone can’t get you to success because you need to work smartly as well.
For new readers who feel lost here, I have my weekly records of how my habits are going every week posted on my blog every Monday, which I use to check on the performance on my habits closely, because I found this is by far the best way to improve my learning experiences and keep my motivation alive.
5 Week Summary
First of all, as usual, I am going to review key achievements and obstacles I had experienced in last 5 weeks and I hope you enjoy it. If you have any inspiring stories that you would like to share, please leave your comments at the bottom of the page.
The following few paragraphs are the summary of my last 5 weeks’ efforts. As I started the journey from Jan 14, 2013, this is the third 5 week summary from Mar 25, 2013 to Apr 28, 2013. If you wonder why I use 5-week as a unit instead of doing a monthly summary, here comes my explanation.
“I post my updates on weekly bases, so in order not to break any week into pieces at the month end, I decide to provide summary every 5 weeks. Hopefully it’s not too confusing for you.”
By using a percentage measurement, I believe you can see a better pattern of my performance. If you can think of any better ideas or you want to know more insight, please let me know, I will definitely consider adding more details.
Alright, now let’s get into my performance:
- Brush and Floss teeth 2 times every day:
70/70 = 100%
- Exercise (change to gym exercise)
31/32 = 97%
If you have followed my weekly update for a little while, you might know that I started a weight loss challenge about 2 weeks ago and I took my friend’s suggestion to change my workout during the week. Now I run 600 stairs 3 times per week and go to gym 3 times per week with every Sunday off, so the previous Abs Exercise and Run Stairs are merged into this one.
- Drinking Water – 15 cups everyday:
35/35 = 100%
- Wake up Early in the morning – 5am:
25/33 = 76%
I modified this habit to have Sunday off every week now. Hopefully this can help my overall situation.
- Write 2 blog posts every week:
- Make a daily plan:
34/35 = 97%
- Daily Update
14/14 = 100%
I am very confident that I already put my habit building onto an auto pilot and the performance was very consistent. However a new challenge I started about 2 weeks ago definitely added icing on my cake.
Why effectiveness is so important
You probably remember me talked about effectiveness a lot on this blog, because it’s the key of self-improvement. Even though it’s my No.1 focus in life, I confess that because of the limitations I add into my daily routine, I was not able to act effectively all the time. Therefore I constantly look for opportunities to improve my effectiveness.
Right after my last 5 week summary, I talked to one of best friends and surprisingly found that he was doing something in a similar way as I do, however he did it a little differently. He started with a goal in his mind and he was working towards it and set up rewards along the way to motivate himself. It sounds simple, but when I think it over, I realized a huge mistake I made when I set up my new habits – I have no clear pattern on where they are leading me to. Therefore I decide to adjust it quickly.
With all my great habits, what is the result do I want? I have a goal, but it was not quantified and there was no time line set up for it, so my hard work is meaningless. In order to get me back on track, I started my new weight loss challenge about 2 weeks ago. My goal is to lose 46lbs body weight and the time line is 1 year, or 365 days. To do so, I started to record my diet and modified my “stair running” and “abs exercise” habits to a better exercise to help burning fats. Now I am running stairs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and I work out in a gym on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with Sunday off. In addition, my “drink 15 cups of water” and “get up at 5am in the morning” habits help on this weight loss challenge as well.
As you can see, really except for recording diet and eat a little differently, I did not add anything new, but I organized my habits more effectively to work towards my goal and in 21 days, I lost 10.5 pounds.
Alright, I think I will end this summary here, but I believe I will have more great stories to share with you in the future. See you in 5 weeks!
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