Mundane LifeFocus™ Cards: Week One

Week one was a success. 7 Mundane LifeFocus™ Cards filled out and recorded, and I already feel obligated to continue the path of my new routines. Although some things have been more successful than others.

My ambitious Editorial Calendar plan has completely collapsed, and I will have to regroup on this one to save it. Here is a small synopsis of statistics I have gleaned from a little Excel data:

  • I averaged 6h 17m of sleep every night. I don’t think this is enough to be alert and happy. So I will try to remedy this in the coming weeks. But at least I’m aware of it.
  • I drank 50 cups of water. Normally I’d have had about 5 or 6. So that’s a huge improvement. I’ve discovered that when you drink more water, you don’t drink as many other liquids (like pop or coffee) because you feel full and sated.
  • I scored 100% success on flossing, fruit, and vitamens. Flossing was my easy routine, because it already has been routinized from my last attempt at the MLFC system. But the increase in vitamens, fruit, and even the water, has caused a dramatic decrease in skin blemishes. It has also contributed to feeling more alert and energetic, even in the face of such a poor sleeping record.
  • I did 324 push-ups and 394 sit-ups which impressed me, because I never excercise. I scored an absolute zero however on stretching. I believe stretching is perhaps more important than exercising, so I need to figure out why I’m avoiding it.
  • Exfoliating only missed one day over the weekend when I didn’t shower and the facial wash was hit and miss (I wash my face every day, but this routine involves special products and toners, etc, that I just can’t seem to see the full value in).

That’s it for this week. Now you know why I call them Mundane. Tune in next week when I fuck up my back (Jan 9th) doing push-ups because I’m not stretching enough…

Actionable Happiness & Productivity: My 2007 New Year’s Resolution(s)

This year I intend to take “Happy New Year” literally. I wish this to be my happiest year on record. This isn’t a vague promise and I have specific actionable steps to achieve it. Self analysis has shown that I am happiest when I am creating “Wonderful Objects”. I also stay uplifted when I stick to a healthy routine. For this reason I have created Mundane LifeFocus™ Cards, using the patent-pending method of Routinizational-Imprinting™.

Cards are printed in accordion batches of 7, so that an entire week can be folded and placed in a wallet or Moleskine™. In my time-off during the X-mas season I wrote down a few things I wanted to habitualize. They fell into three basic categories: hygene, health, and fitness. I am no longer in my twenties, so I need to take care of myself better. This should give me more energy to create wonderful objects. Amount of sleep is recorded as well.

I will track my enjoyment of the new year with the Happinessness™ rating: 1=Wost Day Ever, 2=Bad Day, 3=Mundane Day, 4=Good Day, 5=Best Day Ever. Hopefully 2007 will net out in the 4.something range.

Here is a sample of today’s card:
Mundane LifeFocus™ Card 070101

I have included my blogging Editorial Calendar, an idea borrowed from Andy Wibbels, to keep me focused. I can write down ideas as they come to me. I have a few other things I want to remember to do weekly, like spending time with Dayna, cataloging my Moleskine™ notes, and researching investment possibilities.

I will by tracking my progress with the Mundane LifeFocus™ Card System throughout the happy new year.

UPDATE 1: Special thanks to neatorama for linking to this post. The Mundane LifeFocus™ Cards project will be an ongoing experiment and discussion on this blog will continue. As I mentioned on planet pooks, I will make it available as an editable PDF soon, and probably add an excel doc for recording and presenting the statistics over time (because I’m a bit crazy about numbers). The part that needs more explanation (and is also coming) is implementation, maintenance, and of course, how to come up with the right things to put on your list…

UPDATE 2: A new section has been added to this site to work on the Mundane LifeFocus™ Card System, including explanations of use and downloadable pdfs. Go check it out, and please make comments or suggestions.