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New year, old goals

Same same, but different, but still

My attempt a year ago to set public goals was quite successful. I achieved most of them and the average completion score was 0.7. I took a break in the second half of the year, but now I'm well rested and I want to start again.

I learned some things that work and some that don't. For example, tracking number of books read is not too useful, at least not in Beeminder, but tracking number of minutes spent reading is much better. This way, if you are reading through a really thick book, you are not derailed as easily. Also, tracking pro­duc­tiv­i­ty can be done really well continue.

Evaluating goals

The first half of the year has passed, so it's time to see how I did on my goals that I had set out for it. Sorry the post is late, I was travelling for the last two weeks.

I described using two techniques for helping achieve goals. One of them was pre­com­mit­ment, which I did in the form of announcing here on the blog. This seemed to not work too well for me, because some of my goals ended up being completely untouched. I'm not sure why, but I think that it's because I made it through the blog, it increases the psy­cho­log­i­cal distance between continue.

Midway goal checkup

Three months ago I set up some goals for myself. Because ac­count­abil­i­ty is key to ac­com­plish­ing goals and sticking to them, it's time I review them, see how I did, and possibly adjust them.

Losing weight
I'm at 82 kg right now, so I believe getting to 77 kg is still achieav­able in three months.
Doubling my benchpress
That one is not pro­gress­ing as well as I hoped. I managed to increase to about 45 kg. I was gone, with limited access to the gym for 4 weeks, so that might have something to do with it. I think I can make it to 60kg, instead of 80. continue.

Setting goals

Goals should be aggresive, but realistic

While this may seem like a New Years Resolution kind of post, I assure you, it's just a co­in­ci­dence. In December I read two books about pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. The first one is by Tim Challies, a Christian pastor and very prolific blogger, Do More Better, while the second is by Nick Winter, a programmer and quantified self enthusiast, The Motivation Hacker.

They are quite different books, written from vastly different per­spec­tives and with different objectives in mind, by two people who have a very different view on life, but basically both suggested that in order to be more productive, you need to set clear goals, organize yourself, and commit continue.