50/300: Progress Report

I’m two months in to my Iterate project and I thought I would do a quick update of where I stand. This is a big week for me. I’m writing this, my 50th blog post of the year, which is already nearly twice the output of any the five years  I’ve had this site. That’s kind of worth celebrating, right?

Reading

The goal was 24 books in 12 months and I’m happy to say that I’m on track. I’ve finished four books in January and February – Brian Glazier’s “A Curious Mind,” “Impule” by Dr. David Lewis,  “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield and “Wired to Care” by Dev Patniak. I’ve learned about curiosity, the mechanics of impulse, the resistance we face as writers, creators and doers and how empathy can overcome business challenges. Up next? I’m reading a Goosebumps book and diving into “The Design of Everyday Things” by Don Norman.

Writing

If I stay on track, I will finish my first novel of the year Friday. However, much to my surprise, I will finish my second novel of the year Monday. This puts me almost two months ahead of schedule, which I didn’t see coming. I’ve skipped a few days writing, but have found my 1,000 words or 30 minutes a day habit of writing to be grounding. Writing isn’t work right now, it’s escape and that was the desired effect of the project.

Fitness

Tomorrow morning, I will get up run my very first 5K. I never would have thought it possible, certainly not seven weeks ago when I was struggling to run for 90 seconds without passing out. But I’m there and I feel, well, proud. It’s been drudgery at times, electric at others, but overall, I’m pleased. I still haven’t stepped on a scale and won’t, but I feel better. My pants fit better and I find myself looking forward to leashing up Penny and heading out into the crisp morning air. That’s a win.

Language

I’m 50% of the way through Spanish and Duolingo keeps me grounded. I’ve yet to miss a day and, as of this morning, I’m on a 62 day streak of at least ten minutes a day. It’s fun. It’s like a game. A couple weeks ago, I picked up a copy of Modern Latina, a free newspaper given away at a local Mexican restaurant. I was able to get through it, even if I didn’t completely understand everything. That’s progress. I have almost no confidence in speech, but I’m getting better at reading and hearing Spanish every day.

Journaling

I haven’t missed a day. Even if it’s done at the last moment, I’ve managed to get a journal entry on paper every day this year. It’s helped me focus. It’s helped me set priorities. It has become the thing that gets me going for the day.

Blogging

Fifty posts in 62 days. A friend recently pointed out that, if I don’t stick with it, it will become mathematically impossible for me to hit my goal of 300 posts in a year. And, true, I have missed a few days, but I can still make it. Stick with me. I’ll get there.

Interviews

If there’s been anywhere that I’ve fallen down, it’s been here. I’ve done just two of the four interviews I should have done by now, but I’m refocusing and hope to catch up. I’ll get my 24 by the time the ball drops on 2016. It’s just been harder to find the time than I thought. I’m readjusting my plan and will get caught up over the next couple of months.

That’s where I stand. Seven big goals and I’m about 80% on track. I knew this would be hard when I started. That was the point. I wanted to push myself to do something hard. And I wanted to do it through consistency, through iteration. Every day, I work a little bit toward achieving big things. It’s possible. In fact, the only way to take on big things is to do it a little bit at a time.

What are you working on? I’d love to know. Contact me at craig(at)craigheimbuch(dot)com. We’re in this together.

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