January 2021 Goal

I am going to be setting monthly goals.

From here on in, every month is almost like a new year. I will anticipate the beginning of the month like how we anticipate the beginning of a new year. At the end of the month, I will do a review, and set a goal for the next month — that way when the end of the year rolls around, I would have completed 12 useful goals.

January Goal

For January my goal is to:

  1. Read 12 Week Year
  2. Set up the system to track a goal for February.

I will review these at the end of the month where I will expect to have completed this and have the 12 Week Year goal system in place for February.

Let’s get to work.


Commit. Focus. Execute.

If there was ever a formula for succeeding in anything you want to do, it would be this:

Commitment + Focus + Execution = Goal attainment

Of course there are other factors that come into play such has having the right knowledge about what and how to execute and reviewing progress and learning from mistakes, but at its core, attaining your goals comes down to the level to which you deliver on these three things: commitment, focus, and execution.


April – Week 4/5

April’s week 4/5 was productive. I achieved my main highlight for the week. The things that helped are:

  • Focus — other things had to take a back seat so that I could immerse myself in executing and shipping. Lesson learned is that sometimes if you want to get something done, you need to hunker down and be willing to let other things get out of kilter for a while.



How often do you request feedback?

That’s a question I’ve asked myself lately with the answer being “not enough”.

Feedback gives us external input to improve our output.

Sometimes we can think we are doing well but getting some honest external input helps to either ratify that view or correct it.

I would do a lot better to seek feedback often. I’m sure you would too.


I would rather be at the bottom of a mountain I’m excited to climb, than at the top of one that I am not



How to ‘Watch’ a Book

When you watch a movie, do you just watch for 10 minutes and then stop and carry on the next day or next week? No? Why not? Because that’s no way to watch a film. By the time you return to continue watching, you’ve probably forgotten what happened–and even if you don’t forget, it sure doesn’t make for a pleasant and seamless viewing experience. The whole point of watching a movie is to immerse yourself in the story.

If this is how we watch films, why don’t we read books in the same way?


Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence (PCDEs)

Source: Performance Psychology: A Practitioner’s Guide

These are the Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence (PCDEs):

  • Commitment
  • Focus and distraction control
  • Imagery
  • Realistic performance evaluations
  • Quality practice
  • Goal setting
  • Coping with pressure
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Self awareness


  1. Define where you want to be / what you want to be doing
  2. Get around people who are already where you want to be / doing what you want to be doing — let those people make up the numbers you become the average of

Productivity Observations

A few observations to note from my experiments in sleep and productivity:

  • What I eat matters. I might crave high carb (junk food) especially when I have to do difficult work but the outcome is actually a reduction in focus and a general feeling of lethargy. Also eating junk food leads to wanting more junk food which increases the lethargic feeling. It may curb the craving and enable me to work, but soon I’ll feel horrible.
  • Working late. I’ve tried stopping work and packing up to wind down at 8pm and I’ve tried working past 8pm and getting to bed only when I can’t focus anymore. I prefer stopping and packing up at 8pm. For one, the quality of my sleep is much better when I completely go offline at least two full hours before bed. Secondly, when I worked late into the night, I might have gotten “more” done but the quality was a lot less and slower paced. Thirdly, the next morning rather than having a clear mind ready to refocus and do more work, all the information worked on from the night before was still swirling in my mind because my brain did not get the quality sleep (and nutrients) it needed to store, file and process the new connections between information that would’ve made me more creative and productive the next day. In effect, I would’ve been better off stopping at 8pm, winding down and getting quality sleep so as not to impact the next day’s productivity. This is an important point as working into the night makes me less productive and creative the next day.
  • Everything gets out of whack. When I don’t take care of the fundamentals, everything else gets out of whack. A two hour wind down and quality sleep the night before is actually the best preparation for a day of creative work. It will take time to become proficient in executing the fundamentals—it’s a habit change that takes a lot of conscious work over a period of weeks and months before it becomes second nature. But the better I execute the fundamentals, the better I can execute my Highlight.