Many years ago I read advice something like the following:
Every day learn something new that is important, and create something that matters from the total of what you have learned so far, and either give or sale something valuable to others from what you have been able to create.
Here are some examples of when people have really done this.
How I Built 180 Websites in 180 days and became a YC Fellowship Founder
30 Apps in 30 Days
Focus Time – Activity Tracker & Break Timer
Want to focus better on what you’re doing? Focus Time is a beautifully designed timer for people who want to avoid distractions and get more done.
The Focus Time app is my favorite Pomodoro timer app. Super simple, super easy, super nice.
Today I wanted to take a first pass look at improving my financial health with some S.M.A.R.T. goals.
- Create a monthly zero-based budget.
- Use an online budget tool like EveryDollar to track and manage budget.
- Install and use related mobile app proactively for above.
- Reconcile all daily expenses at least 5 days a week.
- Every paycheck withdrawal cash for my blow money.
- Give tithes on time, every time.
- Continue to do all the above until May 1st, 2018, and review and improve from there.
I’m a big fan of the Pomodoro Technique.
There are six steps in the original technique:
- Decide on the task to be done.
- Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).
- Work on the task.
- End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
- If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 2.
- After four pomodoro’s, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.
Sometimes you find yourself with a free pomodoro, spending these on one of your life goals is always a good investment, but which one?
There’s a great app named Decided Now! that can be super helpful making quick decisions like these. Looks great, works great, lots of fun. You are able to eliminate options as they come up so you don’t repeat them if you like.
Looks like I’m spending the next 25 minutes on … my career.
Yesterday, I committed to my first goal of improving my physical health by starting a daily exercise regimen.
There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write goals and objectives.
Ideally speaking, each goal should be:
- Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
- Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
- Assignable – specify who will do it.
- Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
- Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
Here’s my goal as a set of S.M.A.R.T goals.
- I will track what I eat and drink using Lose It.
- I will keep my daily calorie count at 1,700 calories or below.
- I will walk 30 minutes for at least 5 mornings every week.
- I will walk 30 minutes for at least 5 evening every week.
- I will lose at least 1 pound every week between now and May 1st 2018.
- I will lose 20 pounds by May 1st 2018.
- I will share my progress at least once a week.
- I purchased a NordicTrack C 12.9 Elliptical machine to help with all the above.
I’m pretty happy with those, now it’s time to walk the walk…
I’m a big fan of Dave Ramsey and his company. Dave is a big fan of Zig Ziglar’s “The Wheel of Life“. Great tool for managing your goals in life.
The Wheel of Life has seven spokes, and each spoke a core area of life.
Here they are:
I want to use this blog as a tool, together with The Wheel of Life to make sure I always happen to my life, instead of letting my life happen to me.
My first goal is to improve my physical health by starting a daily exercise regimen.
I’ve gone a few years now without much public writing, or “world wide web” community participation. Got the itch again, and wanted to get back into the saddle once more, so here we go…