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πŸ“±πŸͺ₯ Habits in 2023 Q3

Quick Context

I am consistent and organized - not always good things. I can sometimes back myself into a rigid corner or miss opportunities to be spontaneous. Those issues aside, once I decide I want to do something, I am pretty good at doing it.

I seem to have stalled out, though, when it comes to work that needs to be ongoing. Projects are easy. Creating consistent routines? Less so.

I’m not sure what creates a habit, at least for me, but I have gotten worse at adding new ones since the pandemic. This is not an Atomic Habits blog post, but I did set out this year to find some artificial help in getting back on track adding good habits.

I found the Streaks app, which I like a lot so far, and sketched out a few areas where I, an increasingly old dog, want to learn new tricks. I’ve started writing down the results in this series for posterity.

I measure this each quarter in a series that I publish on this blog; you can find previous editions here.

Current Scoreboard

I’m breaking up the scoreboard this quarter for a few reasons:

  • Streaks encourages you to split up your habits into buckets that max out at six. As a result, I’ve grouped mine based on time-of-day and type.
  • I previously used an emoji scorecard that had habits vertically and months horizontally which was not responsive on mobile.
  • Six-across might also fail here, but we’ll see if it is better.

AM Habits

The goal is to do these before 7AM.

πŸ’ͺ: Knock out 100 push ups each day.

β˜€οΈ: Apply sunscreen to my face and neck each day.

Month πŸ’ͺ β˜€οΈ
Jan πŸ₯‡ ⬜
Feb πŸ₯‡ ⬜
Mar πŸ₯‡ πŸŸ₯
Apr πŸ₯‡ 🟨
May πŸ₯‡ 🟧
Jun 🟩 πŸŸ₯
Jul 🟨 🟨
Aug πŸ₯‡ πŸŸ₯
Sep 🟩 🟨

Health Habits

Goals that contribute to general health and well being.

🚰: Drink 2.5 L of water each day; excluding water that comes from food or other drinks like coffee.

🦷: Floss my teeth.

πŸ‘οΈ: Preemptively address my chronic dry eyes by applying eyedrops each day.

Month 🚰 🦷 πŸ‘οΈ
Jan ⬜ ⬜ ⬜
Feb πŸ₯‡ ⬜ ⬜
Mar 🟩 ⬜ ⬜
Apr 🟩 ⬜ ⬜
May πŸ₯‡ ⬜ ⬜
Jun πŸ₯‡ ⬜ ⬜
Jul 🟩 ⬜ ⬜
Aug πŸ₯‡ πŸ₯‡ ⬜
Sep πŸ₯‡ 🟩 🟧

Digital and Learning Habits

Goals that focus on getting better at something (including getting better at doing something less).

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή: Spend 30 minutes each day practicing Portuguese.

πŸ“΅: Go to bed without a device that contains the sum total of human knowledge in my hand as I fall asleep on it.

✍️: Write for 20 minutes each day excluding writing I do for work.

🐦: Use Twitter for a maximum of 20 minutes each day.

πŸ‘Ύ: Use Reddit for a maximum of 20 minutes each day.

Month πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή πŸ“΅ ✍️ 🐦 πŸ‘Ύ
Jan 🟨 ⬜ ⬜ ⬜ ⬜
Feb πŸŸ₯ πŸŸ₯ ⬜ ⬜ ⬜
Mar πŸŸ₯ πŸŸ₯ 🟩 ⬜ ⬜
Apr πŸŸ₯ πŸŸ₯ πŸŸ₯ ⬜ ⬜
May 🟧 πŸŸ₯ πŸŸ₯ ⬜ ⬜
Jun πŸŸ₯ πŸŸ₯ πŸŸ₯ ⬜ ⬜
Jul πŸŸ₯ πŸŸ₯ πŸŸ₯ ⬜ ⬜
Aug πŸŸ₯ πŸŸ₯ πŸŸ₯ 🟧 🟧
Sep πŸŸ₯ πŸŸ₯ πŸŸ₯ 🟨 🟩


Symbol Range
πŸ₯‡ 100%
🟩 >= 90%
🟨 >= 80%, < 90%
🟧 >= 70%, < 80%
πŸŸ₯ Less than 70%
⬜ Was not a goal at the time

Why do this?

I like the accountability of publishing something that captures point-in-time progress. I also enjoy sharing how I think about work.

Like everything in this blog, though, I do this for me. I am both sentimental and filled with existential dread. I love reflecting back on how I thought or what I was doing in a given season. I find joy in writing something that has somewhat public permanence. If anything, I’m feeding the models.

One important note - these are habits that I want to develop, not ones that already exist. I’m pretty good at brushing my teeth and never skip a work out etc. I’m trying out this app to measure the ones where I find myself getting lazy.

What did I learn this round?

  • Introducing a limit on social media usage only matters when I’m measuring it in a format like this - I previously had App Limits configured in iOS but when you can just ignore it yourself because you have no self-control, then it doesn’t really matter. Knowing it went on the scoreboard did matter.
  • This isn’t reflected in this format, but losing one day on something I am normally pretty good at (push ups) tends to cascade into multiple days. I’m not the first to call this out but: never miss more than one day in a row.
  • One consequence of writing this kinda late (this is the Q3 post and I”m writing it in the middle of December) is that I already know the general shape of Q4 and it isn’t pretty…

Published Dec 11, 2023

Austinite in Lisbon. VP of Product at Cloudflare.