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My 2022 New Years Resolutions

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Introduction

For a while, I never really liked the idea of a New Years Resolution. The idea that people were going to just magically restart their life on January 1st and push forward on a high note seemed really cliché to me. As I get older though I realize that it's a great strategy because everyone kind of resets after the holiday season and New Years Eve anyways. Whether you're a company that is finishing Q4, an average investor who is re-balancing/tax harvesting, or a student in college getting ready to come back after winter break, there's an inevitable "reset" that happens around January. If this inevitable reset happens almost every year anyways, then resolutions make sense and they make even more sense to start on January 1st.

For me, I decided that I would create a bunch of New Years Resolutions going into 2022, make them publicly available for increased accountability, and create habits around them to make sure that I'm able to reach my goals. A lot of these resolutions revolve around my health, and I think it's important that I focus on those. I've observed that people who are really high performing have an established baseline of things that they do each day that not only improve their physical health, but their mental health as well. One of the most successful guys I ever knew woke up and worked out every day at 3:30am and was able to work efficiently throughout the day and some! Although many might see that as a little extreme, developing good habits and sticking with them is about doing what's most comfortable for you and is going to allow YOU to succeed throughout the day.

To me this just makes sense. Your body is a like a car, and if you give it good oil/gas and maintain it, you can drive it far for years to come with minimal issues. If I don't take care of my car, well, then where am I going to go?

Improving my physical health

I used to be a huge gym rat. For a long time I was on a strict caloric surplus diet and would go to the gym 6 days a week to train. Before the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, I was the healthiest I had ever been and felt amazing. I looked good, I felt good, and most importantly I was healthy. The shutdown, my psychosis and school kind of got in the way of my gym habits. When things opened back up I wasn't too fond of wearing a mask in the gym because I find it hard to do more intense exercises with a mask on.

I haven't worked out on a consistent basis in almost all of 2021 and I've gotten really lazy about my health since then. I've also gained weight, lost muscle, and developed poor eating habits. My first New Years Resolution is to develop habits that support a healthy lifestyle. If I assess my current habits, I don't really have any good ones. I am addicted to Cherry 7up and DoorDash, and as I mentioned before I don't work out. I rarely cook or eat 3 meals a day and I don't train. Diet and training go hand in hand so my New Years Resolutions around health are the following:

  • Wake up at 6:30am each day to train for 1 hour minimum
  • Train 6 days a week (Push Pull Legs split)
  • Eat 3 meals a day totaling between 3.5k calories and 4k calories
  • No more DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.
  • Gallon of water a day
  • Eliminating pop/soda out of my diet
  • Cook 3-5 meals a day or meal prep
  • 1 alcoholic drink per day

Improving my mental health

My mental health right now is doing really well. I feel confident in myself and my ability to do things. I'm learning to be more patient in my everyday life and I find myself getting frustrated, anxious and stressed less often. Probably because I see a psychiatrist pretty frequently and have people in my life that I can talk to when I'm feeling down.

When thinking of ways that I can really improve my mental health I think of ways that get me less stressed. School is really stressful for me because I've always decided to over extend myself and take a lot of hard classes. Going into my last semester I decided to do the opposite of this. I'm taking my final requirements which have a difficulty level of medium, and one that is considered to be hard.

  • Take easier classes in school
  • Get a therapist

Improving my financial status

I've been day trading here and there and although I ended up net positive and was able to get a new car this year while setting some aside for taxes and building my savings, I realized that I could have made better gains by just doing a buy and hold strategy in the tickers that I was day trading options on (SOXL, TQQQ, NVDA, AMD, more).

  • Trade less risky options
  • Spend less
  • Invest more
  • Take on more consulting contracts

Becoming more minimalistic

I've bought a lot of clothes in 2021. I want to get rid of a lot of them because I've really developed a style that I can rotate with different sets for different outfits. It's kind of a minimalistic wardrobe itself, but there's a lot of clothes that I don't wear so I'm going to give them away.

  • Get rid of half of my wardrobe
  • Don't buy any new clothes

Becoming more intelligent

This one is pretty self explanatory. I want to become more intelligent, so here are some ways that I think I can do that

  • Read one book every two weeks
  • Code every day
  • Spend less time watching the news
  • Pay more attention in school
  • Listen to more podcasts
  • Start my Masters degree in computer science

That's it. Those are my New Years Resolutions for 2022. I hope everyone has a great New Years Eve and a prosperous year ahead!