February Benchmark

Reflecting on the second month of the new year of habits

I think that February started and ended well. I carried my January momentum and only got bogged down by being sick for a little while.

Habits according to HabitBull

An explanation of HabitBull. and how I used it can be found here.

My streaks definitely improved this month. I kept up exercising, reading, practicing Spanish, and practicing development. Meditation ended up taking a major hit which is a bummer. I kept up a 2x streak for exercise, new record of twice doing 5x streaks with Spanish, reading at least two days in a row with a 5x streak. Overall my consistency has improved and I hope to improve my streaks for Spanish and development.

March Goals: To actually meditate more. Find a better way to incorporate in my day. To hit a 6-day streak with Spanish and reading or to consistently either 4x a week. To practice dev outside of class (so on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays instead of just Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Wunderlist / Google Cal

I finally better organized my Wunderlist and my Google cal. I think I might need to reevaluate how I use reminders on GCal because it has become more of a nuisance than an assistance.

My Wunderlist consists of my to do lists, ideas for blog posts, goals I try to do everyday, my weekly personal goal focus (which I’ve completely slacked on and need to find time to do), a list of books (!!), and many other things. I’m pretty content with the current layout.

March Goals: Continue to keep everything organized.

Online use according to RescueTime

I have been monitoring my online/phone time with RescueTime. This month I spent 37% of my time on social media and increased by 1% since January. Complete bummer. I recently deleted the Facebook app on my Android so we’ll see if that does anything..

March Goals: I really need to eliminate a majority of my social media time. I need to increase the amount of time on reference and learning and attempt to spend a majority of my time on that.

Goal Meeting According to my spreadsheet

Again, an explanation of all of this can be found here.

Aside from my online use, this has been something that has been a regularly good monitoring tool for tracking my productivity. I organized the list by the amount of points and when I do my nightly tally, I add them up in order.

March Goals

  • Be okay with not perfect days/weeks.
  • Add more options on +/- sides.
  • Maybe figure out another system to discuss regular achievements. Today for instance, I gave a tour and helped out with business school advising. Can I add those as well?
Sleeping and Steps

March Goals

  • Will see if there’s anything I can do about my bedtime and wake up time because my priority thus far has been a focus on 8 hours of sleep.
  • Keep my step count up. Run more!
  • Try to wake up earlier.
Room for Improvement
  • Money Spending
    • I look at mint.com….I’ve been working a bunch of odd jobs. I need to hold myself accountable for my spending and my excessive/unnecessary spending.
  • News Consumption
  • Monitoring my Mental Health
    • I found an app called Pacifica. Not in love with it. Plus, as of recently, I’ve decided that I feel uncomfortable sharing my mental health data to an app that will most likely sell it (future post concerning this). I plan on seriously attempting to bullet journal with my mental health/anxiety in mind.
  • Better use my If This Then That (IFFT)
  • Continue:
    • blogging, monitoring my productivity, habits
  • More of:
    • Reading, variety of exercise, running outside, consistent habits
  • Less of:
    • Social media and excessive spending.

 

Also! I don’t think I’m going to do this on a monthly basis going forward. This post was a little tedious/boring to write especially because I didn’t have a lot of data to work with. I plan on doing my next benchmark after graduation in late May and then in late December/January. (Or I might do a reevaluation once I start full time working).

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