I have wanted to write something about my goals for quite some time, but I have never gotten myself down to actually doing it. Today, I looked back at my notes in Evernote, and I saw that I had listed many books which I wanted to read but I didn’t. I had also stumbled upon the 2014 and 2015 list of books I read. I clocked my monthly book goal in 2015 and failed miserably in 2015. What is worse is that I did not record anything for 2016, and it was hard trying to figure out what I had actually read.
So it’s the month of July and it is timely to review what I had promised, sort of, at the start of the year. So here are the goals:
- One book a month
- Sit ups and push ups daily
- Continue to read The Edge magazine and read up on companies
First, the one book a month. I completed a book, “Smarter, Better, Faster” by Charles Duhigg during my honeymoon. It was the perfect time to relax and read books. I made use of my time well. I had also recorded key snippets, though I have yet to do my review to refresh myself of its contents. I had also begun reading two books, one on networking for introverts and the second titled “Superbosses”. I am not sure whether I did read anything in the first few months of the year, though I recall giving myself a break for Jan and Feb as I had to read extensively for an essay. Well, not books but still reading materials. I should really be more consistent. I think my goals were measurable (part of the SMART goal methodology) as I specifically said to read 20 mins a day. The problem was, I wrote it and forgot about it. There must be an accessible way to have a daily reminder of my goals.
The second, I failed. There is nothing to explain. I was lazy. I did abs exercises enthusiastically but I did not continue. Shame on me.
The third, I did. I missed a few copies of The Edge when I was on holiday as I focused on reading my books. But other than that, I read the weekly magazine about 95% of the time. I had also read up more on companies this year. I had set up a template last year to record down financial information whenever I go through the five year annual reports, and I stuck to it. So far, I had read up on Capitaland, a little on Keppel Corp, Cogent Holdings and started on Dairy Farm.I have a list of stocks to read up on but it wasn’t being clocked as consistently as I would have.
As a whole, there are two key mistakes. First, not having daily reminders of what I need to do. Second, not planning my time well. I might have been setting myself up for failures when I bunch too many things together.
Aside from my 2016 goals, I also thought about the goals I had in previous years. One of which that stuck on me was my desire to write a book. I had begun writing a chapter but that’s about it. And that was a year or two ago. The plan was to write a book and try to sell it online. Then I thought about making it into a platform for people to come together and share ideas on several important topics such as Productivity, Leadership etc. It was all very appealing to me, but I need to take the first step.
And I need to be more exact.
- Read my book (End Goal: One book a month)
- Exercise (Sit Ups and Push Ups)
- Clear my Financial News emails
- One++ annual report (End Goal: One company with five years worth of annual report a month)
- Read The Edge
- One chapter of the book (End Goal: to have a rough draft by end year)
And I will do a weekly review to see my progress.
I hope that I would have more favourable things to report at the end of the year.