I still haven’t found a way to maintain a blog along with 2 jobs and all my family responsibilities (BTW, my body fat percentage as of 12/08/14 was 24%, down from close to 33% in May.), but I have still tried to complete some various goals related to self-improvement. Some are easy to maintain, others are hard. I’ve been doing one for a week and a half now and it has been very hard to not fall behind, so now I’m posting it publicly so I’ll be more inclined to do it.
I have found that in the last 6 years or so it is much harder to pay close attention to General Conference the weekend it actually airs. Part of that had to do with the fact that UNT held a campus wide open house the first Saturday of April while I worked there, but part of it has to do with the fact that with 4 kids in the house it is hard to just sit down and listen. We find things for them to do and encourage their participation in conference, but distractions pop up. For some reason I was thinking about this during sacrament meeting a couple weeks ago while we were visiting Texas, and I thought up a way to play catch up with some of the recent session: each week I’d devote to listening to one apostle (including those in the First Presidency) and listen to one talk a day from the last 5 General Conferences on weekdays.
…and then I promptly forgot that I wanted to do that.
But then on December 7th I remembered and made a chart on my Google Drive and actually put on all the links to the talks and assigned them to days. Luckily if I started on the 8th, I’d still finish before the April 2015 General Conference. I listened to the two talks assigned for the 8th, and 9th
…and then didn’t listen to another one until yesterday when I started playing catch up on the goal.
Today I managed to properly catch up, but seeing as how I forgot for two weeks that I wanted to do this, and then got 4 talks behind right in the opening days of the goal, I needed more accountability. Thus this blog post.
While I’d like to promise that I will publish something each Friday when I finish with my thoughts about the theme the apostle seemed to have, the last few months have shown that I don’t have a schedule that can permit such a promise. However, I will likely post an update every so often on the progress I’ve made or something I’ve learned.
So if you like this goal or idea, feel free to share in it or modify it to fit your schedule and lifestyle. Or come up with your own goal to do, after all a good healthy S.M.A.R.T. goal is necessary every so often for all of us.