Intention-setting and reflecting

Every year I reflect on the past twelve months to highlight accomplishments, ideas and intentions that mattered most. In last year’s reflection I stated:

In 2016 I set an intention to do better, not more in the new year. I feel that I’ve lived that intention and now it’s time for a new one: Stay more active.

I want to do get outside more, do more yoga, hike more, bike more, run more, play more sports. The other stuff will come. The emails will get sent. The blog posts will get written. Those habits are ingrained and now it’s time to add more healthy tendencies back into my life.

Despite a lot of professional success this year, I can’t say I’ve lived out that intention fully. I did go on more hikes (slightly), biking stayed the same, running stayed the same. I did finally joined some sports leagues, but it’s been hard to find a groove in the activity department. During the summer, I had a two week period of waking up at 6:00am and going to the gym before work. It’s difficult and tiring, but it’s the only way I’ve found to maintain a consistent gym routine. Intellectually, I know that’s the right thing to do, but late nights kept me wanting as much sleep as possible. Hopefully in the New Year I will be able to get up earlier and get into a solid routine.

That’s my intention for the New Year, as cliche as ever: Wake up earlier and don’t hit snooze.