Working on the how, what, and why of Clever Beagle – Thinking beyond just me and a small group of folks doing the work. Documenting processes—everything from how to write code to company culture—and cleaning up broken/poorly implemented systems underlying our mentorship business. Goal is to move toward being able to delegate without fear of wasted time/money in January 2019.

Coming out of my shell – I’ve spent the last few years in full-blast hermit mode. Partially for personal reasons and partially because I was so heavily focused on work (and if I’m honest, using my work as an excuse to be a hermit).

Improving my personal life – Making a habit to make more friends, get away from the desk, and reconnect with friends/family I haven’t seen in awhile.

Sleeping! – I used to force myself to get up and be at my desk at 6am every day, often at the expense of my sleep cycle. After listening to the work of this fellow, though, I took stock and decided to try adjusting my schedule so that I could get a full 7-8 hours of sleep every single night. Overall, the time that I used to “gain” by not sleeping has not been lost by forcing myself to get a full night’s rest—quite the opposite; I’m far more productive and efficient.

Getting in shape – I’ve been a lil’ butterball most of my life and I’ve started to cross the point where I’ve lost most of the fat (got damn). Down to 165 from 260 at the start of 2016. If you’re curious my current routine is:

  • Run 7 sprints, 30 seconds apart at 8.2 MPH (on a treadmill at a 1.5 incline).
  • Weightlifting. Five exercises, three sets each, 12-15 reps per set. I use a set of 25lb dumbbells, a 30lb kettlebell, and TRX straps (bodyweight) for this.
  • Powerlifting. I joined a local Starting Strength gym and a Saturday morning session here replaces my usual running/weightlifting.

    I repeat this Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as Saturday mornings. If I’m efficient, my workout usually lasts about an hour. If I take my time, about 1 ½ to 2 hours.

    I’ve also started to take supplements which seem to have helped with my overall strength, stamina, and state of mind. My current stack:

  • Ashwagandha (1 capsule in the morning)

  • B12 Melt (1 tablet in the morning)

  • CVS Men’s Multivitamin (1 tablet in the morning)

  • CVS Melatonin (1 tablet before bed—only a night or two a week as this stuff knocks me out).

  • Testosterone Booster (New. Seems to work well enough. 3 capsules in the morning. The last one gave me bad headaches).

  • GNC Creatine Monohydrate (5 capsules pre-workout, or immediately after if I forget)