I’ve found that quests for personal betterment are usually easy to derail with a little unconscious rationalization. A little concession here, a little laziness there. By the time August rolls around, it’s easy to say, well, I did almost everything I said I was going to do.
In 2009, I made it a point to track every live poker session I played. Using the iPhone app Poker Journal, I managed to keep tabs on every hour of poker played and in the end could tell you exactly how much I won per hour, where I was winning, where I was losing, and all the little things that poker players need to know about their game to keep from lying to themselves.
And, so this year, I created a spreadsheet to keep track of almost everything in my life. Some of it’s personal info, bu I intend to put some of it here on the last day of every month in an attempt to shame myself into a certain amount of accountability. It’s not worth reading, but I’m going to do it anyway. Here’s a taste. Feel free to mock.
All things exercise: Massive fail. Travel accounted for part of it. Laziness accounted for the rest.
Freelance pieces written and submitted: 3
Freelance pieces sold: 1
Travel days: 13
Best meal(s): Seafood, Haven (Nassau, Bahamas)
Books read: Under the Dome, Inherent Vice
Movies watched: Primer
Documentaries watched: Vernon, Florida; Food Inc.
Live poker hours: 16 (profitable)
Here’s to February being a little more productive.