For background information on this post, read this.
According to my initial plans, here’s a list of goals that I had outlined in my previous post.
This post will be a mix of thoughts on a variety of subjects because I have not posted anything in a while so every little things which is roaming inside my head will come out. Unedited because I’m a trifle lazy in this chilly winter.
It’s another new year. 2012 is gone now. It will never come back. Ever again. The smart and ideal thing to do now would be to forget everything that happened in 2012 so that we can make room for 2013. However, that’s not quite possible with everything. You can forget small details but you cannot forget whole chapters.
One of my new year’s resolutions was to set goals and complete them. I have set a bunch of goals for the entire year but I think it would be smarter if I break them down month wise from now on. Anyway, this is an analysis on the progress of those goals during the month of January.
Very happy with the progress of this. I have already completed reading The adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes and A Study in Scarlet. Currently reading The Sign of the Four. At the current pace, I should be able to read 10 new books by the end of June.
My blogging goals have been trugding along at an average pace. I had initially set a goal of publishing 10 articles in 30 days and then 20 posts in 30 days. I have so far published:
The social engagement across Facebook, twitter and google was pretty dismal:
I think this calls for changing the goals slightly. Ofcourse, right now my website is not ranking on Google so these statistics will also get affected. However, I still have Facebook and Twitter and if I can get something valuable there, I’m quite sure the traffic will increase. There’s no point publishing new articles if no one’s reading them. I should place more emphasis on achieving better reader metrics because that will also reflect improvement in my writing and marketing.
Fitness goals are also working along fine. I’m now not running that regularly because I’ve joined a local gym which I’m going to quite religiously. Slight change of fitness goals here too.
This is the worst area. I’m not performing well at all financially.
I’ve landed one client (who also happened to be a relative) and completed making his website from which I will earn a cool 50$.
I don’t know how important this aspect is though because ever since I’ve moved to Delhi, I’ve noticed that I’m living a more frugal life. There’s no TV in my house which has culminated in lesser distractions and more reading. There’s limited internet access too so I don’t end up wasting time on useless things. There’s more walking, less eating out, more working, less worrying which is slowly improved the state of my brain. I think living a frugal life is a good thing but then a little more $$ in your wallet doesn’t hurt!
Some goals need improvement here too!
Other random goals:
I’ve started teaching one kid who’s in grade IV. It’s a nice experience, teaching someone. I think I’m learning from that kid too. Visited an NGO meeting also but haven’t got around to volunteering with them – their volunteer program is not managed that nicely because those guys are really busy with other important things.
I think this was a decent month over all. I have made considerable progress. And I’ve tracked it also. After so many months, I’ve fought laziness.
Anyhow, I’ll go and jot down some goals for the month of February.
It’s 2012 already, I graduated from the University of Delhi around the 20th of June. 6 months have flown by and I didn’t even realize how and when this happened. I don’t know about me, but time sure knows how to fly!
3 years of mind numbingly boring Math for 3 years was enough for me to decide that I needed a break from everything. Do absolutely nothing for sometime. Take a sabbatical if you will. And do “cool” things that one should ideally do instead of cramming useless and mind numbing math theorems.
Travel, read books, meet people, have fun, discover life, play guitar, exercise. Chill. And whatnot.
It’s been 6 months and the year has ended. I was reflecting over what all had transpired in the last few months of my existence. Try to remember what all did I do. Or didn’t do.
I travelled. I went to Pune, Lonavala, Khandala, Mumbai, Goa, Dehradun, almost Mussoorie (there was a saturday evening traffic jam so we had to turn our car back), Qutub Minar, the Bahai Lotus Temple and a couple of other places.
And all this left me short of a lot of money.
Yeah I had a lot of fun on these trips but my intentions were to have more than just fun. It was supposed to be a spiritual quest meant to impart me with more knowledge about the workings of this mysterious universe. Apart from the Acid trip in Goa which was completely out-of-this-world and the road accident which happened the day after, nothing too spiritual happened.
I bumped into a budding chef from a tiny village in Bihar who rattled of in tapori Hindi at the drop of a hat. But boy, he sure could cook the tastiest home cooked spiced lamb curry with exotic herbs and garnishing blindfolded. I also met a pretty girl from College whom I had met a couple of times in New Delhi. But these people I met in Pune. The rest were family and friends I knew from before.
I think I will make it a point to step out of my comfort zone and talk to more people. Being shy on a trip in front of people who are not going to remember you the next day is a really dumb thing to do.
Unfortunately, this was one thing which I had wanted to take up but didn’t do, thanks to the telly. The only books I clearly remember reading were the Immortals of Meluha, it’s sequel the rise of the Nagas, a couple of “The Power of Positive Thinking” types of spiritual advice books. Reading is the one habit which can take one to a completely different universe from the comfort of one’s chair. Unlike television, it leaves a lot to your imagination and creativity which further helps in developing these two traits in the long run. Didn’t do much of it this year.
In 2012, reading is one thing I am going to do irrespective of time, place and circumstances.
These were the remaining things on my list of things to do. Lets see -
Fun – I did have a bunch of it but trust me, all play and no work makes Jack a dumb boy. Most of the fun that I had was one or more of the following – booze and smokable stuff, buying stuff, and “resting”. And that stuff gets to you after some time. Your mind starts rusting, you become lazy and complacent. You stop fighting the spiritual quest.
It’s about time I balanced this and got down to some serious things. The real joy of things is other, nobler things. I shall only write about them once I do them.
Discover life – I kinda realize this was the suckiest thing I had planned to do. Discovering life is not a “goal” that you can possible try and achieve. It just happens. It’s not specific, measurable or even relevant. Really stupid to put it down on a list of things.
Play guitar – Just like college made me drop reading, it made me drop guitar and I only have myself to blame. I had thought that once college gets over I will take it up again. Sadly, didn’t happen.
Exercise – The year is over and my weight is 76.7 Kilos. I did exercise, but not consistently. The result of which is a paunch. Thankfully, I somehow got the motivation to go for a run which I did for 20 days out of 31. Yep, made a log. I will write more about it in my next post.
Chill – Again, another ambiguous thing to do. Chilling is actually unemployment and confusion.
That about wraps up all the goals I had set for myself for the few months after college in 2011. It was a really casual, off handed approach to goal setting and this article is my first attempt at tracking the progressing, which is more important than the goal setting part.
Thankfully, the year is over. One of the worst years of my life, I’m quite glad I made through it without killing myself. However, it’s left some really bad, negative habits and thought patterns which continue to float around in my head and my life. If some strict disciplinary action is not taken, their roots will continue growing in my personality. Unless uprooted properly, these thoughts and habits will slowly corrode me from inside.
Inspired by the awe inspiring success of Pat Flynn at affiliate marketing, productivity and performance at his blog, I think I will kickstart the year with some specific and measurable goals. They might just give me the inspiration and kick I need to get the motor running and soar high in life. If you’re looking for something productive to do this year, checkout this list of a few things you could do for a kickass 2012.
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