I just turned 41.
It's not exactly a milestone, and it wasn't particularly tramautic — 40 feels big, 41 is a cosmic hiccup. To the geek crowd, though, my next birthday is 42, the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything. I'm fond of granting significance to arbitrary events — any motivation is good motivation.
I'm breaking my rules.
You remember what I said about starting small? Well, it's been working. This project began after I started to make small changes in my life and, one by one, saw them stick. I feel like I'm ready to take on something big, and so I'm going to launch my first 1-year challenge. Here's the self-indulgent part: this one's all about me. These are my own personal development goals (not counting work and family, but of course it's all connected).
Part 1 - Fitness goals
Many of these are already in progress, which is why they're so specific:
- Push-ups - Do 200 in 6:00
- Push-ups - Do 100 in 2:00 (1 set)
- 5K - Beat 2007 race PR (27:47)
- 5K - Beat 2006 treadmill PR (26:55)
Part 2 - Diet goalsThese are more generally nutrition-oriented. I'm not trying to lose weight, but I've got a lot of bad eating habits:
- Give up soda completely
- Go 30 days without dairy
- Eat 5+ veggies/fruits per day
Part 3 - Learn ChineseThis one has been on my list forever — I've taken some classes with my wife, but need to just put in the time, long-term. This is ideally suited to a 1-year plan, and I'm going to break it down into specific actions:
- 100 ChinesePod Newbie lessons
- Finish Pimsleur CDs
- 100 Elementary lessons
- 100 Intermediate lessons
- 50 Upper intermediate lessons
Part 4 - All the restThese are a couple of miscellaneous goals, some already in progress:
- Finish off unread books
- Juggle 3 bags 50X with no drops
- 4-hour work day (8 x 30:00)
So, there it is.
I want to say "This time, it'll be different", but those are famous last words. Instead, I'm just going to quit talking and get to work. Expect quarterly updates, and let me know about your own big plans.