Goals for 2018:
- Lose 35 lbs
- Do Couch to 5K program
- Submit two articles for publication in academic journals
- Purge, declutter, organize my whole house
- Plan for an extended stay in Japan (4–6 weeks) in Spring 2019
- Staying consistent with food and exercise; cutting out bad eating habits.
- Getting to the gym regularly; some concern about stress on joints (I usually walk rather than run, but I want a challenge)
- I let my other duties (teaching, service) take priority over my research. I have lots of ideas for articles but haven’t been following up by putting in hours on research each week.
- Letting go of things is a huge challenge for me. Also, I get overwhelmed by the scale of the task. My rooms are not hoarder-scale but it’s no weekend task either.
- Putting off the specific planning steps that need to be handled until it doesn’t happen.
How to get there:
- Enroll in several successive DietBets (this has worked for me in the past). Track daily and reduce alcohol consumption to 7 drinks a week or less.
- Get to the gym 3x a week. I am starting the Zombies Run couch to 5K program.
- Rework my schedule to incorporate focus blocks for research, preferably first thing in the morning, even on teaching days.
- Declutter 15–30 minutes each day, rotating from room to room, and record exactly what I accomplish in each session in a decluttering journal.
- This is very doable but multiple factors need to be worked out: save money, apply for a language school that provides housing, find a way to care for my cats for a longer period than usual. I expect to be on sabbatical in Spring 2019 which makes it the best time to plan for.
- My current weight is borderline obese and 35 lbs would get me down to a healthy weight. This would have a positive impact not only on self image but more importantly on health: blood pressure, blood sugar, sleep, energy to get things done.
- I usually exercise by walking and this works if I do it consistently, but just walking is boring, especially on the treadmill in winter. I need an exercise goal challenging enough to motivate me.
- I am planning to write a second book in the next 2–3 years and go up for promotion to full professor. As I write articles, I will also be drafting chapters for the book and laying the groundwork for my 2019 sabbatical. Not being a productive researcher is damaging to my self esteem, and publishing more will lead to increases in salary.
- Having an organized home environment would free my mind to concentrate on my highest value work, and would also improve my mood. Having a cluttered environment is both distracting and depressing.
- I have been studying Japanese for almost 15 years (a hobby/side hustle, not my main academic work, which is ancient Mediterranean history) and can read well but I am never going to break through the listening/speaking wall without spending more time immersed in the culture.