Here's what I wrote at the start of November:
I don't intend to play as much poker this month. I'm going to focus more on working out, boxing and playing football. I also want to ensure that I'm fresh and full of energy each day so that I can play more with my daughters. So poker will have to fit around everything else.
I plan to start earlier each day meaning I can finish earlier so that it's not lunchtime before I go to bed! I may also play during the afternoon a little when the tables are a little tougher so I expect my BB/100 will be lower this month.
I didn't really meet these goals, so I'm going to make an extra effort this month.
I have hired a personal trainer friend of mine for the month to ensure I get to the gym each day. I also have a boxing training so I will try and box at least three times a week.
I am determined that poker will take a backseat this month. It's so easy to let it engulf your life which, even if you're winning, isn't such a good thing.
I devoted even more time than usual during October to poker, really just to see how much I could make in one month. I made over $25k in total and I think I could repeat that (or close to it) for any month if I chose to. However, at what cost? Working nights is not something your body ever adapts to, and the resulting long-term health issues are not clear. Being tired during the day means that it's hard to get anything constructive done including working out and eating well. I also hate being tired when my daughters are round as I feel that I sometimes "short-change" them.
Amazingly my monthly expenses are over $8,000! (How the fuck can it be that high!!?) So as long as I make $10k then I won't have to sell the house and work the streets, so that is my poker goal for this month. Therefore, without putting pressure on myself to make as much money as possible, I should be able to concentrate on my non-poker goals.