My Goal Review (Q2 2016)

“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. – Seneca

 

Alright, another three months passed! Can you guess what time it is?

Rape-Time_o_95992

Nope, close though.

Time for another one of my quarterly reviews! This one was a bit better though than last quarter, dare I not say GREAT. You know the drill by now;

  • Achieved
  • Cancelled
  • Failed
  • Use f11 for full-screen. I tried making my blog more distraction-less/minimal since your attention span is the same as that of a goldfish. (This is an over-generalization – you’re probably nicely on track if you read my stuff)

also: click on stuff to enlarge it. (you probably wish that worked in real life as well eh?)

Let’s go.


MIND

GOALS

> Read 6 books (Read 5)
I’ve read 5 books the last 14 weeks for an average of 87 pages/week. Books read include; The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes, Social Skills Guidebook by Chis MacLeod, Rails Crash Course by Anthony Lewis, Deep Work by Cal Newport and Daily Rituals by Mason Currey. I’m currently reading Rails Tutorial by Michael Hartl. Ultimate Sales Machine is a MUST READ for everyone with a pulse and Deep Work is highly recommended. 

Overall

I haven’t really set many goals in this quarter since I’ve already made sure to implement daily routines that make my mind stay on track most of the time.

I have a morning ritual with daily gratitude/excitement journaling, a solid plan of action (in writing) that acts as filter for where I spent my time, a journal I keep for reflecting every day and a process I use every weekend to clarify my most important action points for the next week.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m not overly obsessively tracking and measuring my life – I’ve come to the conclusion I certainly do. And that it makes me happy.

So I’m sticking with it!

I HAVE been trying some new experiments in this area though, which weren’t goals (L to R):

  • Time blocking every minute of my day
  • Putting key objectives and focusing questions on my wall
  • Listening to an audio-relaxation tape of my own voice telling me how great I am (aka trying to brainwash myself)
  • Listening to podcasts whilst riding my bike/bus/doing cardio
  • Working at a standing desk for most of the time to increase focus
  • Daily recording how many pages I read/hours I program/do deep work.

Satisfaction: 8/10


HEALTH

GOALS

> Weigh 80kg in the morning and 8% body fat (or less)
I’ve been focused on losing some weight and wanted to get cut this quarter and have achieved a solid amount of leanness – I still want my lower abs to be more defined so probably going to continue for several weeks and then switching back to maintenance/slowly gaining. Currently weight-in at 76kg & about 8% (visual estimate). Here’s (L to R) a physique update, my current mealplan, latest blood results, daily supplement stack and daily sardine stack.

> Have my back injury cured (I can do back squats & DLs again w/o pain)
I’ve finally cured my back with core stabilization exercises to strengthen my TVA (deeper abs). Currently still doing this 2x/day for 15 minutes by doing planking, lying leg raises, mobility stretches, deep squats, cobra-ups & child pose – Highly recommended to anyone who lifts regularly and is looking for long term injury prevention. Almost cried when I could squat & dl again without pain – literally. You DO NOT want to be injured for 9 months. 

> Have 7,5 Hours Of Sleep Each Night On Average (7.8)
I need about 9 hours of sleep each night if I train 4x/week but I’m never able to reach that IF I want to get some decent work done. Therefore the best alternative is to aim for 8 hours each night (mo-sa) and sleep 6 hours extra (compounded sleep-debt) on sunday (Yes, this is a crash until 14-15h). This way I can ensure I can get up at 6:30 from mo until sa and get some deep work done in the morning but still allow recovery periods (sunday crash) to refuel myself. Sleep is about the biggest determinant for willpower too! 

> Have 7,5+ average perceived energy (had 6.5)
I’ve done some pretty brutal dieting experimentation (vegan + fasted training + no carb + low calories) which caused frequent crashes in the beginning of this quarter. I’ve finally found a GREAT diet plan that’s working and probably something I’ll stick with for a long time to come. See leangains protocol

> Have 85% consistency in waking up & MR (had 79% consistency – 67/84 days)
I’ve woken up at 6:30 for 67 out of 84 required days this quarter. Missed the benchmark by 6% but it’s overall an 21% increase over last quarter, which is great. I’m happy about that.

Overall

My health is great right now, I feel awake/energetic for the whole day on most days and get up when I’m supposed to. My body feels and looks good although I’d like it to be a bit leaner still, I have a layer of remaining fat over my lower abs I want to get rid of to go from lean to shredded. I’ve also dropped a ketogenic diet for a more paleo-approach (meaning I upped the carbs) and it has worked wonders! I’ve optimized my supplement stack and am working out again 4 times a week, which is a great feeling to be able to handle that load again after 9m+ of injury. I’m still careful though not to over-exert myself.

New experiments I’m running for my health (energy & looks) are:

  • Leangains protocol
  • Drinking 2 cups of coffee + 100mg modafinil in the morning (only weekdays – see video)
  • Daily tracking of sleep hours and meal consistency (how well I stick to my meal plan)

Satisfaction: 8.5/10


WEALTH

GOALS

> Build at least 4 serious new web applications (made 2: A Video course & ROR tuturial app by Michael Hartl)
To improve my skills as a web developer I’ve aimed to build 4 different web applications but only finished two (partly because of school requiring a lot of my time). I’ve finished a video-course application and a twitter clone (check them out – won’t add you to a email/spam list).

> Get at least 5 paying clients for truetech & finish their project (had 2)
To make some extra money on the side (+ build up my skills/portfolio for a real job) I wanted to focus a bit on my side-business where I build websites for other people. I’ve had two paying customers this quarter and am currently working on 2 different projects which are both about 85% done;


> Earn at least 80€/week in sidejob (made 82,35€/week from sidejob & 159€/week total)
I’ve picked up a side-job to cover my weekly expenses and made a regular brainstorm on how I could make more money. I’ve made 82,35€ on average from my side-job and 159€/week total. I’ve included an affiliate link in my review of the 67 steps program which has been paying off well and have gotten 2 large donations as well.

> Spend <60€/week on average (94€/week total)
I’m being very careful to not let my expenses rise when my income does. But I do want to afford myself a certain baseline of high quality supplements (omega 3 is expensive), food (steak instead of ground beef) and allow regular book purchases (about 1 book each 14 days). I don’t think that’s excessive and the problem is likewise not the fact I’m wasteful of money but that I don’t fucking earn enough.

Purchases that can be labeled as eccentric though the last three month could be 66,5€ for a blood and stool analysis, 100€ for a pair of dress shoes and 90€ worth of supplements. I also think 60€/week is unrealistic since I pay for most (75%) of my expenses myself (food, books, supplements, gym, phone, transportation, business, …) – going to up this threshold to 80€


> GRADUATE
– Finish the cooking-book and lauch it for my internship and create an initiative for his email-list
– Finish presentation & blogposts for school
– Reach 350 hours for internship
– Have my thesis completed w videocourse
– Have my product portfolio completed
– Have my extra-curriculum map completed
School has been a HUGE time sink for me that has kept me of my real priorities (biggest frustration). I’ve written and finished a 50 page cookbook for my final internship, worked 350h for free, created a portfolio site, written a 20k word thesis accompanied by a video-course on healthy eating. The list of useless tasks is almost endless. That said, I’ve prioritized my sleep and life-balance over making utterly useless deadlines for school and will just graduate in September now. Everything is done – just need to collect the stupid piece of paper.

> LAND IT JOB
– Apply to 4 different companies a la charlie hoehn (did 3)
My diploma isn’t going to provide me with a job, that’s already very clear. Heck – I’m at least three years behind people who have learned actual marketable skills (*gasps*). Again, no use in complaining, just learn from your mistakes and redirect course. So I’ve tried building up my skills and portfolio (further) whilst applying to different companies in the way Charlie Hoehn proposed in his video “The New Way To Work”. I have a meeting next week, we’ll see. I feel very unprepared for “real life” though.

Overall

I’ve had positive cashflow the last three months and have made some considerable money in different ways despite time constraints. This has (partially) allowed me more freedom of time despite the huge time sinks of school. I still need to focus double on getting more clients for truetech and improving my skills/portfolio to get hired for a job that has some actual future potential. Eventually I aim to get hired as a developer and move to Antwerp in Belgium.

 

Although I am A LOT better than in the beginningI still feel like an armless, legless, drooling retard on a consistent daily basis when I’m in front of my keyboard and heavily doubt if my learning speed (which I think is slow – can’t really compare it with others) is an indicator that programming isnt for me/one of my strenghts. But I’ve made the decision and therefore aim to stick to it. People waste so much time chasing passion/purpose/pussy that they NEVER build up any real marketable skills. Good quote my Mikael Syding;

I have A LOT of ideas for experiments but currently am mainly focusing on redesigning/rebranding TrueTech (my company) so I can start implementing them. My current website is hideous and needs dramatic updating. Here’s what the new design currently looks like (full screen is best). Needs tweaking still.

Satisfaction: 6.5/10


SOCIAL

GOALS

> Do 4 meetups/events (1)
Did 1 networking/job event the last three months. Was a cool experience but didn’t really get anything out of it (very few people where there, since there was something much bigger in a nearby city). Isn’t much of a priority either.


> Meetup With Michael & Nicolas – 1x/week  (Missed 3 week)
Haven’t been focused on prioritizing friendships this quarter. Just wanted to make more money and be done with school so I can finally start my real life. Not good.

Overall

I have a tendency to neglect my social life and therefore enforce it with habits/processes and routines. For example, when I’m reviewing my week I ask myself the question; “What new opportunities can I schedule to make new friends/deepen others?/What invites am I turning down?/ Am I being an asocial fucktard OR NOT-PRIORITIZING my social life?” accompanied by a even more endearing quote;

Past experiences cloud your judgment on the value of people and therefore unskilled social people rarely know what they are missing. If you spend a lot of time alone and most of your social interactions are fleeting and superficial that WILL form your reality-detached view based on false perceptions. If you see everyone as shallow or incompetent, the problem is NOT them but YOU. If it’s a case of the whole world being fucked up or you being fucked up, it’s mostly just you; You won’t see the effect until you are in your later 20’s and more lonely than ever. It will be an uphill battle to have meaningful relationships for the rest of your life. As people get older, they become busier with their life and more selective with their friends.

 

I believe anything that does not come naturally and adds tremendously to life quality (like having friends to share life with) should be an enforced habit or procedurized system. Hence why I remind myself of my own stupidity on a regular basis – which is very necessary, Will be prioritizing this again next quarter.

Also: boardgames!

No women though; No dating – no approaches – no nothing. I believe it’s a time-sink for now.

Satisfaction: 8/10 (still not dissatisfied though)


ALIVE

GOALS

No goals set

Overall

Haven’t been focusing on things that excite me/make me feel fulfilled and just plainly on finishing school and channeling my frustration towards improving my life (mainly marketable skills). Still went camping in the woods with Michael, great experience. We picked a random forest, grabbed a tent and some food and just went camping – awesome stuff.

I’m also planning a trip to Prague in two weeks (which I’m really looking forward to!) – last year we went to France, which was the biggest highlight of my year.

I also would like to write more. Life is incredibly vast and interesting and I WOULD LOVE to learn about history, deeper workings of technology, travel a bit whilst doing remote work but I simply can’t afford (figuratively in time) making writing a priority. Marketable skills (aka a real career) is more important atm. Currently I’m just writing a bit on sunday (my “off-days”) simply because I like love doing it.

It’s tuesday at the time of writing though, should be at the gym right now :/.

Also have several good ideas I want to work out (all working titles offcourse)

  • X number of tips for increasing focus & optimizing productivity (just a list with a shitload of ideas to have more output)
  • The top essential life skills to learn to bridge the gap between school and real life
  • The optimal way to learn any skill
  • How to select, read and summarize books to increase understanding and get the highest ROI
  • How I organize my life for optimal output
  • How to systematize life to minimize willpower depletion

Satisfaction: 5.5/10


LESSONS

Learned some lessons (or just things I believe/quotes I picked up and found interesting). Probably stole a bunch of them without keeping the source/person who said it – not my intention :/. So here’s a discretionary note: credits go to the person who thought them first! Probably Ludvig is included somewhere

  • Travel is uniquely for comfort-zone destruction and highlight creation (memorabe life experiences expand life). Don’t just sit there and do nothing when on vacation, do the difficult/uncomfortable stuff. That’s the whole fucking point of going
  • It’s extremely easy to say that you should follow your passion/don’t pursue money when your life is in order and all bills are paid for.
  • I’d rather die by work exertion than anything in this world. When I die, the candle shall be burnt on both edges, mental reserves thoroughly exhausted. And then still it will not have been enough.
  • When wondering how people will respond to something –> Ask yourself: What would I like from other people/what makes sense?
  • Bonding with people is a prerequisite for making a lot of money
  • Make clients instead of customers (client = someone under the guidance, cure and protection of an expert,  customer = someone who buys a product/service.)
  • Most people spend more time planning a vacation than planning their life –> Unbelievably how true this is.
  • If you want something out of life you AGGRESSIVELY execute on it; If you’re not naturally inclined, you FORCE yourself with procedures/routines.
  • “Your job whether in business or personal life is to set up systems, procedures and training that form a machine which produces what you want”
  • Don’t be cautious of the guy who’s read 1000+ book summaries. I’d take the guy who has deeply studied a good 100 books over that. What are the critical few skills (“kicks”) in life that’ll get the most bang for your buck?
  • Reading the great thoughts of history, you will soon find yourself amongst their ranks
  • Deliberate, scheduled and CONSTANT repetition of KEY information is crucial to improvement.
  • “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and a few to be chewed and digested.” & Most to be puked out directly. Speed reading is for getting a taste of books only – Not for practical implementation OR committing the information to memory.
  • The most important factor for willpower and energy is sleep.
  • Success in any area of your life can be reduced to a simple checklist
  • Technology will replace more jobs than it’ll create – especially for lower skilled people
  • Lower grade education fosters lower grade people. You become your environment
  • “How we spend our time says so much more about who we are than does how we spend our money.”
  • The things that get your fired will be the same that will result in your greatest lifetime achievements
  • Trend: the middle class is slowly being demoted or fired. Companies increasingly don’t want to deal anymore with having employees and everyone should recreate themselves in a 4HWW kinda-way. The hybrid workforce (freelance contractors) will force people to work for themselves.
  • Being wordclass at something is possible within 1year!
  • People who have had an early good start (< age 21), have had a more positive environment.
  • Great people NEVER talk about the self-defined constraints of their personality/life. they are ALWAYS solution oriented.
  • So much of getting results in life is defined by your attitude. Always be solution oriented and condition yourself for greatness. (on the brainwashing tape)
  • Don’t ever apologize for claiming someone’s time. Like yours is worthless.
  • Selling = trust + respect which translates in influence (social skills + expertise).
  • The point of getting rich is to gradually eliminate every negative aspect of your life. Making more money is more important than spending less.
  • It’s better to make a bad decision out of action than a bad one out of inaction. Always do something even if it’s the wrong thing.
  • Be a witness instead of a judge (on judging people/being judgmental)
  • Ask intelligent people on what they disagree & need : health, wealth, love
  • Not having a virtual assistant is a lifestyle limiter
  • Use parkinons’ law to reduce worktime (which forces you to do the essential) & paretos law to limit tasks to the important (so you work less)
  • There’s a general consensus that at least 8 hours a day should be spent on income generation, which is absurd.
  • Most people aren’t happy for your success, so fly low on the radar. (in response to this I’ll probably put less personal information out on the internet than I do now)
  • Have an extremely low (no) tolerance of opinions not backed by success
  • Nobody hires you unless they realize they can make a profit of you
  • The unrealistic is more achievable than the realistic, there’s less competiton for BIG goals
  • Best job: the one that takes the least amount of time and generates the most amount of money so you can focus on things you actually care about.
  • You can’t force friendships. Some come and go based on where life takes them.
  • Everyone wants, nobody does.
  • Social welfare isn’t just. People who want to expand the social welfare system so the rich support the poor have no rational arguments for that (increasing tax on the extremely rich). Helping dependent people who should be able to overcome a situation themselves only weakens them + it’s no-one’s responsibility or “moral duty” to live in function of someone else.
  • The upcoming decade will be the clash of the most comfortably raised generation with the hardest career struggle in history. (unsure of this statement – still needs validation)
  • The most difficult part in investing is the psychology behind it. Having real money at stake and suffering losses and how you deal with those is the tuition price you pay.
  • We all have an edginess to our personality which makes us psychopaths
  • We’re in a period of life where consumers are incredibly spoiled & least likely to spend money
  • Nothing is really free. Companies that employ free strategies are simply transferring cost and value to different parts of the value chain – or to a different time in the revenue cycle. (OR plain stupid & ruining the business/industry by inaccurately estimating the former two? – own addition)
  • If you’re selling a product/service, always have a “how it works” video above the fold on the homepage. Peoples’ attention span = 0.
  • “That I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”
  • Keep yourself surrounded with people on a similar mission, even if they are just virtual mentors. (on podcasts & books)
  • There’s relatively little that others can/will do for you that makes a significant impact on your life quality.
  • Most people do better on lower carbs and higher fat (<30% carbs & +-50% fat)
  • We don’t really get perspective on what’s close to us until we spend time away from it. The extreme variety of different experience creates new perspective. Broadens the mind
  • Some diets are aching to religion – not questioning given answers instead of looking for them yourself.

Essence

Wow – guess I DO still know how to write after all this time eh?

Hope you liked it, found something useful and your life is going well too! I’m not available through email anymore though, your best bet for getting an answer is sending me a 1 question tweet to @basicgrowth.

Yes, I’m incredibly anally retentive and asocial and whatever.

But I’m happy about that 🙃 Here’s a last thought I want to leave you with;

Hard work isn’t rewarded, smart work is. There is a huge cultural admiration for hard work and being busy; I believe that’s ungrounded and plain stupid. There is 0 value in doing something the hard way. The economy solely rewards high quality output at the highest possible speed. There are no checks being handed out for cutting your lawn with scissors when you could be using a machine. Leave the socially conformed mindset of artificial busyness, email compulsion and social media posturing and get some real work done.

+ a call to action – ask yourself:

  1. What do I want ?
  2. What is true? / What is working
  3. What needs to be done?

All-right – off to the gym I go now.

Hi-ho Silver awaaaay. 🐎 

Current mood:

– Simon

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14 Comments

  1. Overall, your material is wonderfully reflective and quite inspirational. However, that “Rape” meme is sooo unnecessary. It actually gave me a horrible first impression. I read on anyways and things got much better but I would strongly suggest you replace it with a more peaceful/tasteful meme that goes with the whole aura of “growth.” Just my two cents.

  2. Hi Simon,

    I came across your website when I googled something to the effect of “dumping negative self beliefs” as I have found many creep up as I’m living in NYC where no one is skinny, rich, or pretty enough. I found the info on self limiting beliefs extremely helpful and the interview with Mark Manson enlightening. And hopeful on some level that there are thinking, kind, human, accessible men out there who care about humanity and growth over all the other meaningless externalized things they seem to be obsessed with! Guys and girls can be so shallow, lol. I extended my education, acheived my MBA, work for a bank, but I studied art and art history undergrad, and started an after-school arts related non-profit in Park City, Utah in between. I naturally have my own personal mission statement, vision, and “business plan” for my life, I create annual goals for myself, and check in quarterly on my financial goals, weekly or daily on personal. I am single and happy, except when I have my moments and I’m sooo not..lol. But I bounce back quickly.

    I never write or share on social media anymore, and barely ever leave comments to anyone on anything, unless I meet you or know you in person because that is real and more human and comfortable to me. Being a 37 year old INFJ, however, I found you familiar and likable like a younger brother, and just wanted to say, that your inclination to push yourself and track yourself is like nothing I’ve ever seen, but does remind me of my younger self-control obsessed self. I am impressed but also horrified to be honest. Ultimately I think I’m worried you will burn out when life throws you a curve ball because you can’t control it- which it does and will, or maybe even has. And I think I’m just randomly worried about you and that this is potentially how many young men are approaching life. Or maybe I’m just scared because I’m not doing enough or as “hardcore” about my goals and focus, right(?), who knows. It seems to me though like dating might be hard because you would want to stack rank and analyze the number of dates and how well they went somehow like a computer program rather than just be a vulnerable, tangible, real, human, although I think you know better… but again, (and being sensitive to that crazy male ego that exists out there), your thirst for progress and self growth is admirable, just maybe needs a little softening somehow. I just hope it doesn’t in and of itself, get in your way in my humble female opinion- and like a good feedback giver, I will take the same worry and advice for myself! I have no idea why I was so compelled to write all this other than it is Friday pm and I’m killing some time (while looking like working shh don’t tell!) before jetting into the weekend, but I did, and it came from a sincere, albeit slightly frightened, place. All the best, I think you are going to do amazing things in life and for a lot of man-boys who want to be men out there you need you badly. Proud of you. I think we all need to be less hard on ourselves.

    With care and admiration,

    Karen

    • Hey Karen,

      Loved this really honest & open comment!

      + Glad you found my writing helpful!

      “I have found many creep up as I’m living in NYC where no one is skinny, rich, or pretty enough”

      Yup, counts for any place on the earth really. Brainwashing yourself for better thoughts on a continual, daily basis is the best remedy I’ve found so far. Human brains are so damn inefficient at getting better.

      that there are thinking, kind, human, accessible men out there who care about humanity and growth

      I really appreciate that compliment although I also still care about meaningless externalized things (chasing women, money and a six-pack). I can understand the justified disappointment in men though, if that’s ALL they’re about. Brings me to the following;

      Guys and girls can be so shallow, lol

      “(negative) past experiences cloud your judgment on the value of people. If you see everyone as shallow or incompetent, the problem is NOT them but you” – this quote counts equally for me as it does for you. There are great ones out there, don’t let yourself forget that.

      I create annual goals for myself, and check in quarterly on my financial goals, weekly or daily on personal.

      This is epic :) You sound like a strong, independent women. Probably intimidating for a lot of men.

      Ultimately I think I’m worried you will burn out when life throws you a curve ball because you can’t control it- which it does and will, or maybe even has

      Although I have 0 experience with really hard situations (see below) and therefore my advice is inaccurate, I believe things like depression, burnouts or worse can be controlled and prepared for. Every negative situation can be handled with the right mindset of solely focusing on solutions and not problems.

      Things like extreme poverty, death/betrayal of a deeply loved one, severe disability/sickness are all included.

      Life is indifferent and brutal at times but I believe it’s the responsibility of the individual to handle whatever load they’ve been handed (or chose). The poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling more accurately words how I feel about this.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rStDBO82F2g I like the narration starting at 1:20.

      I increasingly find security in my capacity (trust) to handle difficult situations. I find no use in worrying, only in reflection, planning and action.

      I see no better way.

      maybe I’m just scared because I’m not doing enough or as “hardcore” about my goals and focus, right(?),

      Isn’t that a question only you can answer?

      dating might be hard

      It still is – and I still do all the things you described. It’s the only way I know to approach life.

      But I feel it doesn’t get in the way of meeting and connecting with women when I’m looking for it (these days). I’ve partially fused my analytical obsessions and male ego with the capacity to be a normal cool guy who’s able to be vulnerable and human when needed.

      Just got back from Prague and had a great connection with an amazing girl I met there.

      I just hope it doesn’t in and of itself, get in your way

      It’s up to me to find a balance between the two and schedule some time for softening. I won’t allow it to get in my way nor block the long-term things I truly want.

      I think.

      I have no idea why I was so compelled to write all this

      Doesn’t matter and I’m glad you did. I highly appreciate the insights, concern and feedback.

      , I think you are going to do amazing things in life and for a lot of man-boys who want to be men out there you need you badly. Proud of you.

      I hope so too.
      I’m not perfect nor have to be, but still have a lot to learn.
      Thank you for that Karen. Thank you.

      – Simon

  3. Hey Simon, its nice to hear back from you. I wanted to know how do you set these quarterly goals, do you have the same format each quarter (i.e read so and so books, talk to so many people etc), if not where do you write down your goals? Online or on good n old pen and paper? Also do you track your progress only quarterly, or do you also personally track your progress on a monthly, weekly or daily manner? I wonder because I can set goals for myself in the long run so easily but if i don’t keep track of my progress everyday i tend to leave everything until the last moment.
    Thanks in advance,
    Andrew I.

    • That’s a pretty expansive question I aim to answer (sometime) in a post. Here’s the ‘short’ of it though;

      1) I set my goals on a three-monthly basis with BIG product-oriented goals at the moment. I write these down in an excel file (ex: get to 75kg and 6% body fat). These are 5 big goals in total and mostly I have 1 for each area of my life.

      2) I set monthly benchmarks (numbers) I aim to reach for these goals which I track in an excel file on a weekly basis.

      3) I break down my monthly benchmarks in weekly actions (strategies) I should prioritize in a weekplanner. These are more process-oriented. (go to the gym x-times a week, cook multiple meals on monday, spend x hours/week in programming,…)

      4) Each evening I plan my daily priorities based on that weekplanner the evening before. (See the daily planning in blocks under the Mind section in this article)

      5) I reflect on my days each evening and on sundays using templates to re-correct when I’m off track. It’s a continuous cycle of setting, correcting, achieving and re-setting goals.

      The most important thing is finding a system that works for you and customizing it to your personality and requirements. I generally have the same format all the time although I tweak it regularly. At the moment it’s basically the combination of;

      > 1 excel file (goals + progress tracking)
      > 1 paper planner/week
      > 1 small notebook paper/day
      > + 1 handwritten journal

      Lately it does feel quite streamlined though.

  4. Simon, do you have any public repos to critique?

  5. Nice!
    I have the impression that we think similarly about a lot of things, wich I think is funny since I’m from Brazil.

    Keep up the good work.
    Cheers.

  6. Hi Simon,

    Thanks for your update. I am interested to know what exercise cured your back pain? Is there a helpful guided tutorial you can point to? Thanks

  7. Hi Simon,

    Awesome. Congrats! This review is so positive, great.

    Keep on improving yourself. :-)

    Love the Seneca quote, it fits completely. Love the full-screen mode. Love the Greg Plitt video, it’s one of my favorites.

    It’s interesting following you through the reviews. Inspirational.

    All the best.

  8. Great Simon!!! been missing your updates and posts! it seems like you´re defintely going into the programming world, I´m sure you´ll do great! I am meeting many good programmers with good jobs lately and some are bright some aren´t, just like in any other job.

    Have you taken the CS50 course? It´s free from Harvard

    Can you give a bit more info about this part:

    ” If you’re not naturally inclined, you FORCE yourself with procedures/routines”

    Also, have you ever thought aboit building a forum around basic growth? I would live to connect with like minded people that read this sort of stuff and I´m sure I´m not the only one!

    Best!!!

    • Hey Alvaro,

      Glad you like what I’m writing man! Means a lot to me :).

      I haven’t – but I’ll google it and see if it’s relevant for where I’m going at the moment!

      ” If you’re not naturally inclined, you FORCE yourself with procedures/routines”

      I just feel many people complain a lot about their weaknesses or doubt their abilities/possibilities based on bad reference experiences in the past instead of just doing the stuff they’re supposed to be doing to get the life they want.

      For example; it would’ve been easy for me to opt out of social events or dating altogether because I used to be worse with people and have had a lot of negative experiences in the past. Yet going to the gym, eating healthy and reading/programming comes more naturally.

      But since I recognized this would lead to a worse situation in the future I just enforce being social regularly and believe that’s exactly how people should approach each area of their life they don’t feel they can excel at BUT that’s necessary to achieve what they want.

      “i don’t like going to the gym since I have a rare health condition which makes it harder for me.” –> force yourself to stay healthy with regular training and a food regimen.
      “I don’t like approaching women since I’ve been rejected so many times in the past. I’m just not a natural charismatic person” –> force yourself to speak to x number of girls, x times a week.
      “I don’t like learning a difficult skill since I have trouble memorizing stuff and am not sure if it’ll lead somewhere.” –> force yourself to spend x number of hours, x numbers of days in it.

      A great man has his shit together in ALL areas of life.

      It’s just a mindset-shift to make enforced habits out of things we tend to neglect yet are incredibly important in the long-term.

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