Today is my 39th birthday and I’m about to undertake one of the most difficult projects of my entire life. I’ve decided that it’s time for me to Hack My Midlife Crisis!

In the first part of this episode I explain the circumstances that led to the necessity of making some significant life changes and give an overview the process I’ve crafted for determining the life categories and specific goals I plan to work on.

The remainder of this episode focuses on the Shaun Tabatt origin story. I realize that I’ve asked hundreds of guests to tell me their story and figured that it was about time I share my own.

It’s going to be a wild ride as I hack my way to improving my health, family, faith, and vocation. Join me on this journey and let’s transform our lives together.

Are you going to join me on this journey of self-improvement and transformation? Here’s how to get started.

Step 1: Identity the life categories that need improvement

As I explain in this episode, I’m focusing on making improvements in four specific life categories. These are health, family, faith, and vocation. I can be a bit of a glutton for punishment, so don’t feel like you need to work on four life categories at once. Pick one, pick two. You decide what’s right for you. The only tool you’ll need for this step is a piece of paper and a pen or marker.

Hack My Midlife Crisis Life Categories

Step 2:  Brainstorm on specific change/improvement goals

Write down five to ten change/improvement goals for each of the life categories selected.

Hack My Midlife Change/Improvement Goals

Step 3: Select a starting goal from each life category

Choose a goal to potentially start with from each life category. Circle them, highlight them, make note of them somewhere. You’ll set these aside for know and visit them again in two weeks.

Step 4: It’s time to collect data, so you’re going to need some tools

For the next two weeks you’re going to be collecting data. In order to be successful, you’ll need to have a handle on your habits, routines and schedule. You may also need to compile data that is very specific to one of your life categories and related goals. Here are some examples of the health-related data points I’ll be tracking right out of the gate:

  • Weight each morning when I wake up
  • Hours slept each night
  • Exercise
  • What did I eat?
  • How much water did I drink?
  • What is my general state/feeling of wellness at the beginning and end of the day?

Here are the tools I’ll be using to keep daily notes and compile my data:

Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook ATracker Pro - Daily Task and Time Tracking Health App

Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook – I chose this particular notebook for several reasons. First off, I’m old school and still love taking notes on paper. This particular Moleskine notebook is designed to take advantage of Evernote’s Page Camera feature, so you’re able to capture the pages of your notebook with your smartphone or tablet and upload them directly to Evernote. It was also very important to me that I work with a bound notebook for this project. In the past I’ve used legal pads, but my notes are too easily misplaced. This notebook will allow me to successfully keep my notes in one place.

ATracker Pro – Daily Task and Time Tracking – ATracker Pro empowers you to get a handle on how you’re actually spending your time each day. This is critical as you strive to understand your schedule and work to discover time that you can recapture to put towards achieving your goals.

Health App – The Health App is included out of the box on your iPhone. The primary thing I track with this app is my daily weight when I wake up each morning.

What now?

The next Hack My Midlife Crisis episode will air Friday February 3rd. I’ll be sharing about what I’ve discovered in my first week of data collection. Also, I’ll be explaining the method I use to choose books and other resources that will propel me towards achieving my goals.

Do you have changes to make in your life this year? Join me. This is the year we take our lives back! Let’s walk this road of self-improvement and transformation together.

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