That's not a typo. I just read over the last couple years of goal posts and realized something,I need to be working on my goals in smaller chunks because my life changes too quickly for yearlong goals.
As one guy said in the comments last year, I sorta suck at goal setting. So this year I have a new idea.
First, let's get to last year's goals:
1. Hold myself to a very high standard and accept NO excuses from myself. If I do accept an excuse I will write it down and post it publicly for others to judge.
2. Focus on output. Every day I will make a list of my daily output. I will also make this public.
3. Work harder than I've EVER worked. Every day I will grade myself on a scale from 0-3. I will publish this daily. My goal is a weekly average of 2.75 (I'm not trying to eliminate fun, just useless and unproductive activities). I will only count time that I SHOULD be working.
#1,I held myself to very high standards and publicly shared all excuses for around six months. After that the no-excuse habit became totally ingrained and I stopped writing them. I can still definitely hold myself to higher standards, but I achieved my goal.
#2,I focused on output big time. With a few exceptions, I really shifted my behavior to learn things as needed and create a high amount of output.
#3,I have worked harder than I ever worked. I can still work much harder, but I am happy with progress this year. I don't think I actually maintained a 2.75, but I know that it was very close,around a 2.7 or so. I also stopped publishing my output and rating every day after about six months.
Overall I give myself a B+. Hey, high standards, right?
Here are the other things I did this year that I'm proud of:
There are a lot of other smaller Life Nomadic related things that I could include, but I think that would make the list a little boring. All in all, I had a fantastic year.
So for the first half of this year, here are my goals:
#1,Become THE authority (along with Todd if this is his goal too) on the Nomadic Lifestyle.
Some measurable subgoals:
You know what? That's my only goal. Everything else in my life is just about perfect, and it's time to focus and push through a dip.
Some questions for you:
What are your six month (or 1 year) goals? How did you do last year? What is the MOST important goal for the next 6 months?
I'm looking forward to '09 goals. Personally for me, '08 felt like it was never going to end!
I used to use Dvorak, but after a couple years I gave it up. I was making too many typos, and read some analysis that suggested the Dvorak layout was actually inferior due its key placement- if you typed too fast, you're extra viable to type two letters out of order since they're close together. The original intent of QWERTY- to keep the bulk of your keys further apart to slow typing (to prevent typewriter jamming), may actually be beneficial in ordinary use. Of course, there's no way to suggest QWERTY is the best, but it's still the standard layout.
Funny, though, when I did have my keys in the DVORAK layout, a girl I dated told me it was the first time she decided she was attracted to me.. I had to be different doing something like that. I've since gone back.. partially because I couldn't get my Thinkpad keys off.
Have you heard? Malcolm Gladwell's new book will be called:
"Do: Why Some People Do Some Things and Other People Do Other Things."
I suggest not removing the keys _or_ relabeling. Just remap the keys in the OS. Then when you want a letter, peck around on the keyboard till you find it instead of looking down at the keys. You'll learn 100x faster that way, and touch type right off to boot.
Tynan, Great post and great job on last year!
I just wrote my goals after celebrating new year's in Prague. Highly recommended experience especially because I kissed the most beautiful girl I've ever met and she's from Canada like me so we're going to keep talking. What luck!
1. Be able to dunk a basketball whenever I want.
2. Buy six more rental properties.
3. Meet a girl worth chasing(may have done this already)
4. Do 5 interviews for my book/film project.
5. Double the quality and organization of my company's reporting system.
6. Surf at 3 new beaches.
Thanks for all your inspiration this last year!
Happy New Year!
Thanks for sharing Tynan. Your blog is awesomely inspirational:)
My goal for 2009 is to make myself the number 1 priority in my life. I also have a goal to raise and save up over $300 000 by September 2010.
I would really just buy solid (not transparent) dvorak keyboard stickers ($4). Voila, you get the same effect, and when you want to resell the laptop you dont have to do a time consuming/keyboard damaging keyswap.
Sadly... I'm missing my entire keyboard on my macbook at this very moment.
Removed the required keys.. Now let hope I can get themm back on in the Dvorak layout.
Thanks Tynan for the new project for the new year.
Looking forward to LN09
Just a few things I've thought up:
spend some time in rural japan
learn to fly helicopters
get skydive certified
dive the great barrier reef & explore new zealand
ride in a private jet
meet more customers & forum members who are scattered across the US & world
crank out some awesome products
finish a return/warranty system for my ecommerce site
treat my employee's to something special (maybe a trip to hawaii, vegas, etc)
build an iPhone app
spend at least 1 week away from the modern world (no cell phone, internet, tv, etc)
I'll be posting about my goals on my blog in a day or two, but my big one for 2009 is to reach $8,000 per month in passive income (blogging, real estate, online businesses). My goal for 2008 was to get $2,000/month passively and I think I reached it (haven't done financial statements for december yet but if not it was very close).
Also, I'll be moving to South American in May so I'll be nomadic which will make it even more interesting and fun.
I'm not sure if I mentioned some of this already, so I'll explain what's happening with LN this year.
LifeNomadic.com is no longer a blog. We've decided to make it a resource site for nomads and hardcore travelers. We're working hard on it now and it will be up very soon.
Instead of blogging on LifeNomadic.com, we're blogging on Gadling this year. Gadling is the most popular travel blog on the internet, which means that our articles will be read by millions instead of hundreds. This gives us more incentive to produce really high quality posts and videos, and to make them more often.
Tynan recently wrote how if you have mediocre performance, you will never achieve your goals. Right now I’m being far too mediocre.
For students, our year ends in May. New Year’s marks an arbitrary measure of how to quantify a year for us students. May, however, marks an end as well as a new beginning. Another year of school passed by for me. I am left with 30 credits to graduate, allowing me to graduate a whole year early.
I ponder life as I sit on my patio’s chair drinking tea every day when I wake up and came to the conclusion I must obtain my teacher certification. My psychology degree has the value of an art degree and I can’t imagine a job I would enjoy more than teaching high school English. Worse comes to worse, I’ll end up at a job I enjoy that pays decently.