In order to live your best life, you need to consciously choose the things that you want to do and focus on. The things that make you happy. This quote sums this idea out well, 'No Wind Blows In Favor Of A Ship Without Direction'. Without consciously deciding where you want to focus your energy, your life will be dictated by whatever fate throws your way. Since the age of 18, every December, I have always created a big annual to-do list. Granted when I was 18 this list did not contain tasks as productive as my current list. I'm not sure meeting girls, drinking, and partying in Ibiza counts for much, but it helped me start a habit.
After reading The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran, I have decided to mix things up. The 12 Week Year makes the case that the people who follow goals make the most progress when a deadline is looming. When it comes to life goals, setting them once a year does not provide enough urgency. To become more productive, you can create a 12-week year. Every 12 weeks is treated as a new year. You set your goals as normal but they all need to be finished within 3 months. This year instead of planning out my whole year, I am committing to my first-ever 12-week year! In this post, I’m sharing my 1st 12-week year goals. With the world the way it is, I'm not sure it will be the best 3 months ever, however, I am committing to them! When it comes to goal setting the most used technique is the SMART goal:
An example of a smart goal would be 'I will write a blog post about goals and publish it on my website by 29th January 2021. If you think the concept of a 12-week year sounds interesting then I am challenging you to join me. Write down your 12-week year now in SMART format and let's see if we can make the start of 2021 the most productive ever! I would love to hear your goals, especially programming and tech-related goals, so leave any comments below!
🎯 Big Goals (To be completed by the end of 2021)
🥇 By the end of the year, I would like to create a new business that makes 1k a month. I have no idea what business yet. In the first 12-week year, my aim is to do all the research as to what this might be. My current thinking is an e-commerce store. This is not set in stone so keep your eyes peeled 👀
🥈 To continue to improve the production of my Youtube videos. In 2020, I invested quite a lot in time, effort, and hardware in order to improve the production of my videos. Due to all my amazing supporters, I'm getting more subscribers and positive feedback! I think I still have room to improve. This year, I'm moving house so I'll finally have space to set-up a proper studio. The plan is a buy a new camera to make improved 4K content, a new mac that allows me to edit videos, and to undertake a video editing course. I am also committing to producing one video a week for all of 2021! This year's aim is 1k subs & 4,000 watching hours. Please help me out by subscribing!
🥉Complete a house renovation. I am in the final stages of buying a new house. The house we are buying needs a lot of work. As we are likely to be in lockdown for a good part of the year, the aim is to renovate it to a standard that we can rent it out for a profit.
12-Week Year Goals
📦 Content Creation
In my content-creation business, I am going to release these things:
- Finish writing Episerver The Missing Manual ✔️
- Finish writing Umbraco Secrets Exposed
- Start writing third-book
- Publish 12 Youtube Video
- Finish Getting Started With Umbraco Course
- Start to create a developer portfolio for less than $25 course
- Publish 24 blog posts
- Publish 12 episodes of my weekly newsletter, the Sunday sessions
In my life, I'm committing to doing this:
- Complete on the house I'm trying to buy ✔️
- Get Nike Run Total KM over 4500k (2020 aim is over 5000k total, starting from 4000k)
- Create a home-gym
- 10k Steps every day
I am going to create these cool things:
- Create a simple todo app using Svelte. I've heard a lot about this framework and I want to create a simple app to learn more.
- Re-factor https://www.dailymotivationalthought.com/ to use a new SAAS based CMS
- Stackoverflow overflow rep 100+
I want to read these books:
- Groupon Adventures ✔️
- David Goggins - Can't Hurt Me
- Jay Shetty - Think Like a Monk
- Brandon Sanderson - Way of Kings
- Bill Bryson - The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid
- Try Audible
What are your goals for 2021? Have any tips for me? Please share!