Week 12: Off Course But Still Improving

At the start of the year I set a number of challenges for myself. Each challenge would last 1 month after which I would describe how I planned to sustain the improvements made throughout the challenge. Unfortunately, I have failed to hold up my end of the bargain – both with the challenges and the follow-up.

Fortunately, despite not 100% following the challenges I laid out at the beginning of the year, I have continued to improve myself. In January, my challenge was to close all 3 of my Apple Watch Activity Rings every day of the month – I accomplished this and have since closed all three rings everyday of 2019. Originally, I was supposed to earn my CAPM certificate in February, but failed to even start studying the PMBOK in any serious way.

This month, March, the original challenge was to not watch TV for the entire month. Well, technically, I haven’t watched TV per se but I have watched a lot of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video on my iPad. Does that count as watching TV? I think it does therefore that challenge has been abandoned. In its place, I can fairly put the Bataan Memorial Death March attempt as a worthy challenge. Granted, I failed to complete the course, but it was definitely a challenge and one that I continue to strive to complete.

With three months of 2019 coming to a close, what’s next?

April 2019: The challenge I am laying down at my feet is studying the PMBOK to a point that I can take the CAPM exam in May. I have some blockers that could interfere with accomplishing this such as workload, household requirements, and fitness goals, but becoming a CAPM is vitally important to my long-term future thus needs to be prioritized. I think the timeframe is much more reasonable than the original challenge from February which lends itself to success.

May 2019: I’m not ready to announce my challenge for May quite yet. I anticipate I will settle on a fitness goal, but need to work through some preliminary preparation work to see at what level that goal will be. Being purposefully vague is not my usual approach, but in this case I feel it is necessary.

While I have new challenges to identify and focus my attention on, I will continue to close all my Activity Rings in an attempt to surpass my previous Move Streak of 192 days. I am 14 days away from getting my “500 Move Goals” award and recently got my first “Move Goal 400%” award for clearing 3,000 calories in a day. Keeping myself moving and avoiding the sedentary lifestyle that office jobs usually bring is an ongoing challenge that will always be in the background.

How are you doing with your goals/challenges for 2019? Knocking them out of the park or thinking about an in-flight reset? Share your experience in the comments! Don’t forget to like, follow, and share on Facebook and Twitter!

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