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Apr 22, 2019 23:13:55

[Help Me] Habits and Accountability

by @craigpetterson PATRON | 661 words | 324💌

Craig Petterson

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At the start if 2019, I wanted to improve my habits. I made a plan. I tracked everything, every day and posted it openly on my website. This includes times on my side projects, gaming, making sure I take care of my teeth, and the most important factor for me this year: my health - exercising, walking and food management.

After 3 months, these goals are still important to me, but I'd perhaps change them slightly. I want to make a _useful_ product. It's less about quantity and more about quality for me right now. That said, my goal is still 4 projects, but I'm off track.

My goals don't state anything about reading or writing, but these have become more important to me. I've read 13 books in 2019 so far. I've mentioned before: I want to write more. I have many article ideas for my website, but I never get them done.

Accountability is so important to me right now. There is so much I want to do and achieve, but I'm crippled by own lack of motivation or my own thoughts of uselessness.

Before my holiday started, I wanted to hone my habits and get stuff done. I started using Makerlog again. I started using 200WAD. Now my holiday is over, I want to jump right in. Full swing.

Please, help me by keeping me accountable! :)


Continuing from by previous entry about accountability; I'm going to write about what I want to be held accountable for at the recommendation of @haideralmosawi. Firstly, I want to go over my 2019 goals and what I want to continue doing going forward.

I have just 4 goals;

1) 3 holidays. This isn't exactly difficult. I just need to book them and go right?

2) 4 projects. I'm way behind with this, but I partly think the long deadlines have been my biggest problem. I've been working on The Cake Pays, but I haven't even finished the main feature in almost 4 months. I've been too focused on design tweaks instead of functionality. I've never done that before, but I'm loving it at the moment. I've also been more concerned with marketing; this has proven to be crucial, but I don't have a clue what I'm doing.

3) Making 50 Twitter followers. (I'm at 48 right now.) While this sounds easy; just follow a bunch of people, get them to follow you back. I don't want to do that. I want to post meaningful content, but I'm in a weird state, where I don't have much useful to say. 

4) Make money on a side projects. Ooh, jeez. This could tie into 4 projects. If something is useful people would pay for it right?

Since making these goals, I've come to want to do a little more. I'll go into more details another time ;)


After making these plans for 2019, I had a killer January. Since the beginning of the year, I've tracked many things; making time, gaming time, health metrics, evening tracking my dental hygiene and showers.

I have done this every day since 1st January, that's a streak of 112.

Doing this has realigned a lot of goals. I'm not sure I even want to complete all of them. It may end up that my 4 projects turns into less projects and more features.

Fairly quickly, my new goal was to focusing on myself. Perhaps selfish, but sometimes you need to take care of yourself before you can take care of anything else. Your own health (mental and physical) can be tightly linked with many other things, including work and pleasure. Improved health will improve quality. That's my focus now.

Since tracking everything, I've lost 24 lbs. Unfortunately, there have been a series of events where I've gained a total of 11 lbs; 9 of those of 2 separate week periods - holidays. It looks like Baz is right - we over indulge on calorie heavy vacations. These unnecessary decisions put me at a net weight loss of 15 lbs. Still decent, but I can do better. I want to lose another 12 lbs. That's my main goal for 2019.


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    @craigpetterson So you like streaks eh? Well I have a team for you...#Teamstreak. I wish you the best with weight loss. I'm in the same boat.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 22, 2019 16:13:08
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      @brandonwilson I'll get there. Writing just 200WAD has felt amazing tbh. I'm not usually a writer, so I've been surprised!

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Apr 23, 2019 13:17:03
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