As at 1 Jan 21

I’ve been thinking about

Using the 12 week year to get my goals sorted for the new year. I started re-reading the book to get inspired and motivated and use it as a springboard to formulating more goals. It’s taking a bit longer than anticipated so I decided that my goal for January would be to set up my goal for February. It may even be that I’ll repeat this every other month. That would mean that, in the Agile terminology, January will be Sprint Planning and February will be my Sprint. The first half of March would then be my Sprint Review and Retrospective whilst the second half would be Planning for April Sprint. I’m going to try that out as an approach and see how it works out.

In terms of documenting my goals, I think I’m going to give Notion a try for this. I think I’ll like it so will try it and let you know.

For tracking my goals I’ll have to give life tick a try.

I’ve been listening to

A great podcast on money which gave me new resolution to address my finances and put together a plan to clear debt and increase savings. Ken Okoroafor also has a blog at the Humble Penny. Check that out.

I’ve been watching

20 Feet from Stardom. It’s a fascinating and inspiring story about backup singers. It features the stories of Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, the Waters family (voices behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller) amongst others. These were the voices behind some of the most amazing music from the 70s and 80s. They were in the background but were insanely talented singers. It’s amazing that despite how talented they were their attempts at a solo career never really took off. It’s a reminder that it’s not the most talented that ‘make it’. To succeed takes more than talent and hard work. Those girls had talent in buckets and worked as hard as the lead singers. It also takes the right circumstances, contacts, relationships, and above all the right mentorship. Even then there are no guarantees. Some have the character and circumstances that allow them to succeed. But for others, the jigsaw never quite comes together despite how talented and hardworking they are.

I’ve been reading

Mostly 12 Week Year.

I’ve been using

Considering moving my note-taking from Bear to Roam. I’ve been seeing a lot of detailed videos about this app on youtube so would like to check it out.