August's GHD goals went much better than July. I'm still way behind on my 2019 goals, but I made a slight dent which has helped with motivation.

August's Primary Goals

1. Keep on running

I picked up a couple of injuries playing soccer (including a nice scar) so I decided to play it safe a few times. I still managed to run more miles than any previous month, and I tried a couple of trail runs that were way, way steeper than I expected.

2. Use a schedule every week

I've been planning my days since setting this goal. I haven't always stuck to it, but so far it's kept me fairly focused.

3. Complete at least one secondary goal

I migrated this site to a new server, set up automated builds and added functionality for scheduling posts. Everything is configured via ansible which is something I wanted to learn.

4. Write a chapter of my book

Although I didn't write as much as I wanted, I did manage to complete a chapter. I'll probably edit it again in the future, but for now I'm happy with some progress.

August's Secondary Goals

1. Read another book

I read "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo. It's quite a breezy read considering it's about tidying up, and a lot of it reminded me of the GTD process, such as performing an initial inbox sweep and making sure things have a specific place.

2. Plan a diet and recovery plan for the half marathon

The short version: Eat carbs for a few days before the race. Avoid fat and fiber the night before to reduce the risk of stomach ache.

Primary Goals for September

1. Run a half marathon

My half marathon is scheduled for the first week of October so it fits into September's goals.

To say I'm nervous is an understatement.

2. Complete two secondary goals

There are a couple of projects I've been working on that just need a little push to be complete.

3. Write two chapters of my book

At this point the only thing that is going to get this book done is work. I have my chapter plan and notes, now it's just time to make it readable.

Secondary Goals for September

1. Write at least 3 blog posts

I've slipped out of the habit of writing regularly as the year has gone on. I'd like to get back in a rhythm and publish at least 3 posts in September.

Thoughts on August

One lesson I really tried to take from "The Motivation Hacker" was the use of success spirals. The idea is to complete lots of very small actions to build motivation.

Rather than trying to get all of my goals done in the first week (or the last week like I normally do) I tried to break them into small steps that I could do every day. This strategy worked really well for writing (which is normally something I dread).

Scheduling tasks also helped enormously, although I wasn't as disciplined with times as I should have been.

I'm still way behind on my goals, but I'm hoping once The Run is out of the way I'll have more time (and energy) to focus on them.