I’ve created this blog to act as a journal to record my thoughts and experiences as I learn and develop new skills in the areas that interest me. As a natural procrastinator I want the blog to act as a focus for my planning and way of capturing results over time – both successes and failures. If we work on the principle that ‘You can’t manage what you can’t measure’ then a large part of what I cover is going to be mapping out my goals and how I can measure progress in trying to achieve them – think SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timebound).
The focus, at least initially, is going to be on three areas: Health & Fitness, Self Development and Financial Independence.
As I write this in January 2021 I am 48 years old, over the next 10 years I want to maximise my opportunities and start living my best life. To do that I need a vision of what that should look like and a plan on how to achieve it. Here are my initial thoughts:
- Health & Fitness: Maintain and improve my health, mental wellbeing and fitness through regular exercise, good diet and mindfulness
- Self Development: Proactively develop new skills and knowledge to improve all areas of my life both personal and professional
- Financial Independence: Reduce debt and grow my investments to provide security and financial independence in a reasonable time scale
If I’m going to be SMART about tracking my progress I need appropriate metrics. Here are mine:
Health & Fitness: Weight, % Body Fat, Resting Heart Rate, Minute of Exercise per Week, restful sleep, how do I feel?
Self development: Structured study progress, hours reading per week.
Financial Independence: Savings and Investment Growth & Networth, Pensions Growth, Debt Reduction.
- Live in the now, plan for the future, take nothing for granted and share what I learn
- Incremental improvement and good habits can lead to profound change
- See one, do one, teach one
- Smile. It makes everyone feel better 🙂
Thanks for reading! Nemo. 2nd January 2021