Happy New Year! I’ve been missing in action since December because of life dramas. Thankfully, these were resolved before the holidays! I got to enjoy our Christmas celebration and New Year’s Eve celebration worry-free! Because the holidays are over, I’m back to working 40 hours per week and updating my blog.
This year, I’m following the 12 Week Year to achieve my goals. Since this is my first post this year, and the first of my 12 Week Year post series, I’m sharing the concept of the 12 Week Year. The objective of the 12 Week Year is to shorten the year (to 12 weeks) to be able to do more. It seems counterintuitive, right? Not really. Think about Parkinson’s Law: work expands to fill the allotted time. The more time you have to finish a task, the longer it will take you. Why? Because of different reasons! You may, at times, be lazy or be super busy that you neglect what you’re supposed to do. If you want to know more about the 12 Week Year, you can read the full blog post here.
I’m quite proud of my achievements this week. As you can see, I gave this Week 1 a score of 100% because I crossed off everything on my list!
- Researched KDP Children’s Story Book publishing
- Compiled 90 days worth of content for Instagram and Facebook
- Wrote 12 evergreen post ideas
- Applied in at least three jobs
- Worked 40 hours
- Finished rereading the 12 Week Year
- Finished the template for this 12 Week Year blog post series
- Finished 20% of Brian Tracy’s Time Management course
- Walked at least 80 minutes (+20 more tomorrow, Saturday!)
- Scheduled doctor’s appointment for Saturday
- Wrote Week 1 of 12 updates (this post!)
Challenges & Solutions
Just because everything on my list was crossed off, it doesn’t mean everything went smoothly. I started the week by writing down my tasks on my handy dandy notebook. Then, I scheduled them on my Google Calendar.
- 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM: Morning Routine (i.e. wake up, read, walk, bathe, eat breakfast)
- 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Work
- 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Lunch
- 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Work
- 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM: Evening Break
- 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM: Personal Project
- 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM: Blogging Time
BUT… Following my calendar down to the T was challenging!
- Instead of having lunch at 12:00 PM, I decided to delay it until 2:00 PM, so I can eat with my boyfriend.
- Last Monday, I needed to run errands! It wasn’t scheduled, so I had to adjust that day’s schedule.
- I woke up late on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday because I forgot to tell my boyfriend to wake me up and/or I slept late the night before, and I needed to sleep in.
What I’ll do next week is to adjust Week 2’s schedule based on the changes I made this week (i.e. delay lunch) and add “Sleep” to my calendar. I’ll also set a daily alarm at 5:00 AM.
To be honest, I’m amazed with my progress, but at the same time I’m scared. I’m scared that I may have had 100% progress this week because the New Year motivation is still high. However, that’s exactly what the 12 Week Year is trying to challenge — stay motivated and put in the effort all year long (or all 12 weeks long).
P.S. If you like the concept, you can get your 12 Week Year copy here, and sign up for my newsletter to receive a FREE 12-week year planner!