[Updated 7/2/19 ]
Lose 1.5% body fat – exactly 1.5%
Complete morning routine 60 times – didn’t do this. got in the habit of getting up an running straight to the gym. want a little more space between waking up and obligations to install a mourning routing
One 3+ minute standup comedy set – Did 5 mins at an open mic in June. You can see my set here.
Complete 75 exercise sessions including Family First Fitness challenge – gave up on F3 in favor of Orange Theory Fitness as I like having a trainer and people around me.
Nevermore than 30 minutes of time unaccounted for on the calendar – this was hugely impactful on my productivity. even when I wasn’t being productive I made myself log the activity so I can see how much I was getting off task
25 FOMO affiliate prospects – only did 5 as it kept falling behind things that made me money. Success here is a volume game so I will do a campaign to a set of leads in Q3
Review all linkedin and Twitter connections and reengage relevant people – reconnected with a bunch of great people. want to make this a recurring habit
complete two online courses – nope. got 15% through one and didn’t make it a priority
Install and update website to including services page
Never more than 30 minutes of time unaccounted for on calendar
Three blog posts (not including goals and recaps) + writing about underutilized marketing and bad business models –
$250 NEW affiliate MRR – didn’t give this the focus it needed but going to kick this over to next quarter as it is still a priority for me.
Finalize 1 LP commit – don’t have ink to paper but definitely made strides towards this goal
30 job applications – got to about 20 but don’t believe # of applications is a great proxy as all of my professional opportunities have come from networking not formal applications
Guest lecture in class (or scheduled by end of Q1) – speaking in my friend’s HS class in May on “$0 businesses” that will overview low hanging money making opportunities high schoolers can pursue today
Push Website Updates and rebrand – didn’t even touch this. not a high priority compared to other things on my desk.
1 3+ min Standup Comedy set – have enough material for three minutes and a location near my home. Will be done in Q2
60 exercise classes – 66 classes including Crossfit, HIIT, OrangeTheory, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Spin, Barre, Bootcamp, Rock Climbing, Yoga and more
Log 60+ days fully in calendar – 74 days. was very focused on logging how I spend all my time and it is something I will continue
Journal 60+ days – have three journals that I have been using each for a different purpose.
- Productivity Planner – This one is action oriented. Each day asks what the most important task of the day is. I like that it forces me to focus down and prioritize. I know that if I do the most important task each day I’ll be successful. I try to reconcile the journal before dinner and check what I’ve done as well as make plans for tomorrow. Especially working from home it creates separation between work and fun.
- Daily Stoic Journal – This one is more soft and emotional. Asks me stoic questions each day about where my life is going. Almost nothing to do with productivity but gives me important perspective.
- Q&A a day 5 Year Journal – This is just fun. Asks a random question each day and it is my second year doing it so I see how my answers compared to from last year.
With these goals I kind of did “set it and forget” meaning that I wrote them start of the month and didn’t continually come back to them. Out of sign out of mind. For quarter 2 i’m going to make a habit to come back to the list of goals every sunday. Now just to think about Q2.
Skimmed through Purposeful Productivity by the venerable Taylor Pearson and he mentions that for a variety of reasons 90 days is the perfect planning window. It’s a lot easier to see the end of 90 days than 365. I like this framework and instead of one yearly goals post, I’m going to break things up into quarters.
When I think of goal setting I’m often reminded of the story of Warren Buffett’s private pilot, Mike Flint. James Clear has a great summary of the story. Essentially Buffett encourages Flint to write down his top 25 career goals. After writing these 25 down Buffett instructs Flint to circle his top five goals. Then comes this powerful exchange:
Flint: “Well, the top 5 are my primary focus, but the other 20 come in a close second. They are still important so I’ll work on those intermittently as I see fit. They are not as urgent, but I still plan to give them a dedicated effort.”
Buffett: “No. You’ve got it wrong, Mike. Everything you didn’t circle just became your Avoid-At-All-Cost list. No matter what, these things get no attention from you until you’ve succeeded with your top 5.”
The point here is if I have 25 goals It can be hard to make decisions. If I’m only driving towards one goal I can evaluate every decision through the lens of whether or not it helps me reach that goal.
With that in mind I have two “top-level” goals for Q1 2017:
Lose 1.5% body fat: In 2017 I went from obese to just plain fat. I’d like to get all the way to fit this year. I’m absolutely on the right track it’s just a function of continuing to exercise and not eating like total garbage. Measuring by pure pounds is only half the equation. I’d like to get to 20% body fat by this time next year. That means 1.5% each quarter which is just over .1% a week. Feels achievable.
Find a job I can be proud of: Tim Ferriss has a post I think about regularly on “Top Five reasons to be a jack of all trades“. Having diversified interests is not without complications. I’ve never been the type of person to have one sole north star. At some level, I envy friends who know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they want to be a doctor or lawyer or police officer. That’s not me. That said I have a few clusters of areas I’m interested / expect to find work in:
Venture Capital: Anyone who knows me knows I’ve been interested in this space for a while. I absolutely love the idea of investing in something a few years before it becomes mainstream. If you look at Pepsi’s previous earnings and growth rates, it’s pretty easy to guess where they’ll be next year. Startups exist in an environment devoid of data. Angels invested in Lyft in 2009 because the people, product and market were all at the right point in time, there wasn’t enough (if any) data to make this a math-based decision. I consider VC intelligent gambling because it involves evaluating people, technology, markets and the future. What especially intrigues me is operating in a qualitative environment.
Corporate Innovation: Lately I’ve become fascinated by The Innovator’s Dilemma and what large enterprises need to do to avoid being disrupted. Startups generally build something that doesn’t exist yet. This means they can focus solely on building the new thing without concern for legacy issues. Corporates have to build the new thing AND determine how it affects their current business. In some respects, this makes corporate innovation more challenging than building a startup as it can make someone a slave to two masters. Given my experience in this space I’d love the opportunity to explore it further.
Marketing: If I boil myself down to one thing professionally, I think it’s a marketing consultant. I love the process of analyzing and improving how people and organizations communicate with their constituents. It all boils down to 1) understanding your product/service 2) determining who your target is and 3 ) communicating with this audience effectively.
Consulting: I really enjoy the consultant’s mindset. Consulting is essentially a three step process 1) look at the thing 2) make suggestions to improve the thing 3) optimize and implement suggestions. I love this notion of being an external party that helps improve the status quo. I have a few friends who work at management consulting firms and regularly hear how they enjoy this component of the work.
So for Q1 2017 I plan on processing every decision through the lens of whether or not it helps me accomplish either of these two goals.
That said I’d like to add a few “process” oriented goals. These are ones that are 100% in my control and doing the activity every day or week will undoubtedly help me reach to where I want to be. My process goals for Q1 2017 are as follows:
- Use a dating app every day: I can’t control when/where/how I meet my wife. I can control looking for matches on dating apps. It is the best time leverage that exists in the dating world.
- Learn to code via 5 exercises each day on Mimo: I’ve found Mimo to be a delightful way to get bite-sized lessons on programming.
- Answer 100 questions on Quora: Oh how I love Quora. As of Jan 1 I’m at 90 answers. So 190 is the goal
Finally there are three goals that I’ll consider bonus goals. They aren’t important enough to be considered above but still worth writing down:
- Finish Google Analytics course: GA is the foundation for all internet marketing. My skills here could use some polish.
- Draft “Redundancy” medium post: I want to write for an audience that isn’t just myself. I’d like to publish one long form medium.com quality post this quarter
- Polish bestroomba.com: A fun experiment in internet marketing.
2018 here I come.
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