Looking back at April, I realize I haven’t done a lot of the things I wanted to do. I fell behind on a resolution I’d made that I would plan my days the night before.
The workday starts the night before – Jeff Gitomer
Now I’m not saying this is an exact science but I can connect the dots directly between failing to write a detailed plan some nights and low productivity on the next day… which means I am back to making plans. If that’s the only way to succeed, it’s what I’ll do. Whatever works, right?
Health and Fitness
I started a vegan, low-sugar, whole-food plant-based eating plan and was successful at it for a couple weeks. My body never felt so pure. Overall, it was really good while it lasted and I plan to do it again in May – as soon as I’ve eaten all the fish and sugar-cakes that my parents sent me from Jamaica. 🙂
I read a book called Business Secrets from the Bible: Spiritual Success Strategies for Financial Abundance that changed my perspective on money and that is making me revisit some of my financial goals. More on that later.
My reading goal this year is 100 books – so far, I’ve read 19/50 Fiction and 13/50 NF for a total of 32 books. My Goodreads tracker says I am still 1 book behind schedule but I’m okay with that. In April I read 10 books:
- Business Secrets from the Bible
- The Richest Man in Babylon
- Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn
- Little Red Book of Selling
- The Art of People
- Eleanor & Park
- Summer Weddings
- Other People’s Children
- The Number Devil
- Sheltering Rain
- In April, I released my book Its Complicated: Short Stories About Long Relationships with the Kindle version to be released on May 9th.
- I started editing my second book which I plan to release in Summer 2016.
- I took 2 more classes toward a Leadership Certification in my church. 2 more classes and I’ll be done.
Blog and Social Media
- I have a goal of 7K Instagram followers by 12/16 (wouldn’t that be awesome?). So far, I’ve made 1117 IG friends at the end April…
- … and 690 of them on Twitter 690
I neglected my blog a little. Most weeks, I only posted a couple times and I didn’t visit as many blogs as I used to. But I’ve put those things back into my daily schedule so expected more interaction in May. When I did post, my favorite April posts were:
- Do you need drugs?
- 5 reasons to visit the bookstore
- What you see is what you get
- Oops, I did it again
- Is money spiritual?
- Tumbled Thoughts
- The trade-off
And the post that got the most interaction was:
How was April for you?
What did you learn that you can apply to make May even better? (My lesson is to go back to planning my day from the night before)