A look back at 2018

Amidst the downtime of the holidays, I decided to tabulate statistics in key areas of my life like fitness, wealth, happiness, friendships, etc.

Dec 27, 2018

  • I called my grandfather 55 times this year 
  • I called my mom and dad 35 times this year
  • I called my sister 22 times this year 
  • I've run 542 tracked miles this year so far
  • These runs equate to approximately 88,346 active calories burned 
  • My total tracked fitness in Strava increased from 4 to 50 since July
    • Quick definition of fitness from Strava's site: "While fitness is a complicated concept, it can be simplified to an accumulation of training. The Fitness Score is calculated using Training Load and/or Relative Effort to measure your daily training, and an impulse-response model to quantify its effect over time. This will intuitively capture the development of fitness from training, as well as the loss of fitness during a break."
  • Net worth increased by 32% from the beginning to the end of the year
  • I finished 8 books this year:
    • Make Time, Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky
    • Blood Meridian, Cormac Macarthy
    • The Hunt for Red October, Tom Clancy
    • 40 ways of looking at Winston Churchill, Gretchen Rubin
    • House of Leaves, Mark Danielewski
    • Getting Things Done, David Allen
    • The Thirst, Jo Nesbo
    • The Snowman, Jo Nesbo
  • I have 5 other books in various states of progress:
    • Inferno: The World at War 1939-1945, Max Hastings
    • The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin
    • Atomic Habits, James Clear
    • Make, Pieter Levels
    • Ancillary Justice, Anne Leckie
  • I've maintained 14 active friendships this year (outside of family, but close enough to consider a friend. Regular contact and good feelings.)
  • I have 24 inactive friendships (outside of family; a pal. Fallen out of touch or regular contact)
  • I have 12 acquaintances (A developing friendship or one I'm holding at arm's length---or someone holding me at arm's length. I also need to remember their names for them to count. This disqualifies people I meet in a blur at a party or something and never followup with) 
  • Lowest happiness index: 82/100.
    • Happiness Index is a number I assign to an instantaneous point in time that takes into account my general satisfaction and joy in my life. I rate it on a scale of 0-100 with 100 being the maximum (perfect bliss) and 0 signifying that I no longer wish to go on with life. Factors: level of productivity, creative satisfaction, physical condition, amount of travel, relationship satisfaction. For me, anything lower than an 85 tends to mean that I'm in some kind of depressive state.
  • Highest happiness index: 91/100
  • Listened to approximately 197 hours of podcasts this year. My top podcasts:
    • NPR politics
    • Reply All
    • Love + Radio
    • 99% Invisible
    • More Perfect
    • Crimetown
    • Radiolab
    • Hardcore History
    • Unerased
    • NPR updates (Trump Era)
  • I meditated for 360 tracked minutes
  • I commuted approximately 441 hours on a tech bus
  • I sent approximately 5,406 emails this year, both personal and work related
  • I've sent and received approximately 21,012 text messages this year
  • Approximately 8,415 mins of iPhone screen time this year
Written by Nick Roberts