Time for Change

scale I believe it’s time for a change!

I was inspired by Wil Wheaton’s post Seven Things I Did To Reboot My Life where he outlines changes he needed to make in order to improve his life.

In honor of the new year, and more importantly the new phase of my life that is approaching (whether I like it or not) now that I just turned 40 years old, I’m going to make some changes of my own.

  • Give up chess.
  • Take my climbing to the next level.
  • Improve my social life.
  • Get better sleep.

Much like Wil I’ll periodically check in and see how I’m doing on these goals.

Give up chess.

I love chess and I frequently used it as stress relief, but I think it’s gone way to far into becoming a distraction and escape when there was something else I didn’t want to do or deal with. My goal is to cut it out completely. This is always something I can return to when I’m much older and past my physical prime, but right now it has to go as it’s nearly a minor addiction and consumes significant time that I will need to dedicate to other goals.

Take my climbing to the next level.

I’ve been stagnant in my climbing for at least the last 6 to 7 years. I’ve made it to the mid 5.12’s and have just been maintaining that level ever since. I’m not getting any younger and it’s time to raise it up a notch. First goal is to get solidly into the 5.13 level and see where it goes from there.

This will require several things to come together. First my training will have to become more regular and purposeful. Doing more climbs and exercises that hit my weak areas no matter how much I hate that. Second is solidifying my diet. It’s pretty good now but I’ve been allowing myself way more cheats than I should. Less fatty items and maybe I don’t need that half gallon of ice cream so often.

Improve my social life.

This may be the hardest of all the goals. I have a natural tendancy to want to avoid people, see (AvPD), and this means I don’t make friends easily and therefore don’t have much of a social network in Colorado yet despite being here a couple years. I know I’m not going to ever become the life of the party but I need to work on getting at least a small group of people I can occational hang out with outside of work or climbing.

Get better sleep.

This one I stole right off Wil’s list but it’s definitely something I need also and is the foundation for the rest of the changes in my list. When I don’t get enough sleep not only do my physical performance (climbing) and mental performance (work) suffer, but I become down right grouchy, irritable, and a pain in the ass to be around. This has to be a no compromise goal to always get enough sleep every night even if something else has to not get done. In the long run I’ll be more productive and achieve more goals if this is the first priority.


Posted December 21, 2015