On Sundays I’m looking back on the past week. How did I perform towards my goals? How did my blog do? And how am I keeping up with my Getting Things Done system and Zen to Done habits?
Another strong week. I participated in a group writing project over at Luciano’s blog Litemind. My entry was the post on the pros and cons of drinking coffee. I had some of the basics lying around for quite a while actually, because I thought that it would fit my early bird challenge last august very well. I did not come around to writing it at that time. Later today I’ll post the list with my favorites.
Stats are up this week! The post on coffee did very well on StumbleUpon, and I got a lot of visitors from there. I almost had a best day ever last Thursday, but eventually it came in on third place.
I have only 30 days left to reach my goal of 2500 RSS subscribers (e-mail subscribers count too, and are reflected in that number). Although numbers are up, this is going to need a lot of attention!
|Statistics week 48|
|Average RSS subscribers:||460||+21|
|Average daily visitors:||708||+531|
Some link love for the blogs that hosted a carnival with one of my articles:
- Carnival of quotes used Success is never an accident!
- Success is never an accident! also used
- Carnival of Inspiration and Motivation used How to sabotage goals with 47 simple words
- Personal Stories of Change used This is my mission statement
- Personal Development & Happiness used A strategy to change your habits for the better
Progress towards goals
I had a pretty strong case of flu this week. That doesn’t help in achieving goals… Nevertheless I had some progress.
Christine linked to my weekly reviews in a very useful article on setting and achieving crazy goals. That gave me a kick in the butt, and I needed that. I have learned some stuff about goals in the last year or so, by investigating and writing about it. But more importantly, also by setting them and working on/with them. And I fell into some pitfalls, I’ll highlight that in an article next week.
For now, here’s the progress update:
|1.||Garden redone by 12-2007||Again no progress, which is stupid really because it’s almost done.|
|2.||2nd floor redone by 12-2007||I worked a lot on it yesterday, and going at it again today.|
|3.||€500 passive income by 03-2008||No progress and no real attention really. There are goals with deadlines a lot closer that need a lot of attention.|
|4.||NLP Practitioner certification by 12-2007||I updated my personal development plan, needed for finishing the course. Waiting for feedback.|
|5.||2500 subscribers by 12-2007||This is going to need a lot of attention.|
|6.||Given first training as trainer by 03-2008||No progress, attention is needed elsewhere.|
|7.||Rising early||ACCOMPLISHED Today I was up early again, it amazes me how easy it is to get back no track with this habit. Even after a period of illness.|
|8.||Be in contact with friends and family 4 days a week||Yep! 2 weeks in a row now.|
|9.||Review mission and goals weekly||ACCOMPLISHED|
|10.||Quarterly retreat||Starts January 2008|
|11.||Workout 5 days a week||I was sick…give me a break!|
|12.||Run half a marathon in 10-2008||Ditto!|
Zen to Done / Getting Things Done – weekly review
Since last week, this is both a Zen to Done section and a Getting Things Done section. The focus obviously is to get those tasks done.
If I review the things I need to do, there’s generally just way too much to do about way too much different topics. My main focus will be to simplify during the coming months. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I already worked my way through various backlogs, but I simply need to finish projects and stop adding new ones to them.
If you look in the previous section for instance, there’s a goal about the garden. It’s not having any progress in the last couple of weeks, and I only have to do two more things. One of them can’t get done before the end of the year anymore (plant two trees), but the other (change the location of the gate) is easy to do.
But 90% of the project is done, so the priority dropped. But in the meantime it’s not finished, and the project lingers on my project list, the actions linger on my action list and it’s on my mind at least once a week (during this review) but mostly more often. Finishing projects is a habit I need to adopt. Not a system, a habit.