The 12 Week Year: 2021 round 1 wrap up

If you don’t know what this is, check out my goals page.


Last round wrap up: January 4 – March 28, 2021

Overall takeaways:

  • Putting this on my blog helped with accountability. Some mornings I didn’t want to get up and run, but I thought “my 7 readers will be disappointed in me!”
  • I need to schedule tasks for the entire 12 weeks and put them all in my todo list. If I had a todo show up on week 9 reminding me to hire someone to fix the garage doors, then I would have done it.
  • It’s OK for the tactics to change if they are still working towards the goal. But if the goal changes, then that may be a sign that the goal wasn’t flexible enough. 12 weeks is a long time.

Goal 1: Run 250 miles

Weekly tactics:

  • Run an average of at least 21 miles each week.

How it went: I planned to run 252 (12 weeks x 21 miles per week) miles in those 12 weeks and ran 235.9 miles, which is 93.6%. I ran 21+ miles every week except for the 2 weeks immediately following the time change. Daylight savings time screwed up my kids’ sleep schedule which made it hard to get a run in before they woke up.

Goal 2: Spend more quality time with my kids

Weekly tactics:

  • Put my phone away from 5pm until bedtime so it doesn’t distract me.
  • Plan at least 1 weekend adventure every weekend.

How it went: I’m at 100% for the weekend adventure. Even if it was something as simple as going to the playground or building a big blanket fort, we intentionally did something fun every weekend. I failed hard at putting my phone away, but halfway through the cycle I removed Slack from my phone which made it much less distracting for me. So the overall goal of spending more quality time with my kids happened, even though the tactics shifted.

Goal 3: Clean out the garage

Weekly tactics:

  • Week 1: Haul the junk out of there
  • Weeks 2-8: Organize everything left into big plastic containers
  • Week 9-10: Hire someone to fix the garage doors
  • Weeks 11-12: Put in a rug and move the treadmill in there

How it went: The junk has been hauled out and everything is organized into containers. The garage doors are still broken, and there’s no rug or treadmill in there. So overall I’d give myself a 75% for this one.

Goal 4: Have 1-1s with at least 60 new people at my new job

Weekly tactics:

  • Have at least five 1-1 meetings with new people each week, on average.

How it went: I eventually declared bankruptcy on this. Here’s where I screwed up. I had 34 of the 1-1s before it started to feel like a low value use of time.


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