January 2016 Update

IMG_1975Wow, it’s been a while since I published anything here. (This is becoming my default opening line for blog posts.) ­čÖé

I should probably do a 2015 recap post at some point. It was a big year for me with a lot of ups and downs, and lots of lessons learned (hopefully). Honestly, I can’t believe how fast the year seemed to fly by. I accomplished a few of my goals for the year, but slipped up on more.

Anyway, now the calendar says 2016, and I’m sure a lot of you will be thinking about your goals for the new year.

If you’re into making New Years Resolutions, you might want to check out the post I wrote back on January 1st, 2013 about how to make resolutions that stick.

I’m making a few resolutions this year. One of which is to actually stick to a writing and publishing schedule on this blog. I used to have a pretty solid writing habit, but I’ve been really inconsistent lately. It’s kind of funny┬ábecause I talk so much about writing and habits, you’d think I would have actually figured that one out. My first experiment of the year is going to be to write every day (again). This will be Round 3 of that experiment.

I’m hoping to follow in the footsteps of one of the Monthly Experiments community members, Bradley Charbonneau, who has written and published something for more than a thousand days in a row.

I’ve got a few other key habits I want to rebuild, but of course I’m going to be taking them one at a time. I’ll announce some more of my goals for the year soon, and also catch up a bit with writing about the experiments I did last year.

Monthly Experiments Podcast

In the meantime, if you want to hear the origin story of how and why I started doing Monthly Experiments, I was interviewed for a really cool┬ápodcast a few months back. It was a fun experience, and I shared some things that I haven’t talked much about here on the blog before.

If you want to give it a listen, check out my episode of Challenge Your Thinking with Dr. Linda Tucker.

Ok, I’m going to wrap up there for now.

A few questions…

Are you making any New Years Resolutions? Are you taking on a personal experiment for January?

Let me know in the comments, and/or hop over to the Monthly Experiments Facebook community and say hi there.

Happy New Year!

 

What to Expect in 2012

Hi there. This is going to be a quick introduction post so you know what to expect in 2012 and beyond.

My name is John Muldoon. You’ll get to know me a lot better as this site comes together. What you need to know right now is that I’m an entrepreneur living in the San Francisco bay area.

I’m starting this site for a few different reasons.

Taking Control

I don’t know about you, but my life can get pretty crazy at times. Between running a business multiple businesses and trying to have a life, things can get unbalanced pretty easily. Many of the experiments I have planned are about getting back some sanity, about taking control of a hectic schedule and having more fun.

Better Habits

You’ve probably heard people say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. That sounds great, right? I mean, if we can reprogram ourselves with better habits in less than a month, why wouldn’t we? That’s exactly what we’re going to do. We’re going to take things one month at a time, and design our experiments around a better habit that we’d like to make permanent. I say “we” because I hope you’ll be excited about challenging yourself to make a change for the better–I hope you’ll want to join me.

One of the first challenges I’m going to do is to Stop Working Late. My work hours have been out of control lately, and every time I pull an all-nighter, I feel like shit the next day. Not just physically, but emotionally. During the Stop Working Late challenge, I’ll have a rule that my computer has to be shut down by 5:00 pm everyday. Working late simply won’t be an option. Stopping work at 5:00 might not sound like a big challenge to some of you (congratulations!), but I often work from sunrise to midnight. I’m really excited about this and I’ll write more about the experiment in an upcoming post.

Fun

I’ve always loved a good personal challenge. My idea of a fun vacation it to go mountain climbing. I like to push myself and discover more about my limits. It’s fun to set a goal and then meet it. This site isn’t just going to be about serious stuff like business and fitness. I’ve got some fun challenges planned that I think you’re going to like. I could even see some people wanting to follow along. The more the merrier! It would be great if we could all use this site to support each other as we push ourselves.

I’ll post another update soon.

I can’t wait to get to know you all.