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.


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.


Hello 2021

With a new year comes renewed vision, hope and optimism. I’m thankful for where I am, who I’m with and what I have. But I know there is more. I want this to be a year of setting and pursuing goals. Instead of resolutions, I’ll opt for commitments. One commitment. And that is to the process of setting goals and to the process of achieving them. It will require me to keep my promises to myself. To show up when I don’t feel like it and, in the words of Steven Pressfield, to do the work. That is what I commit to in 2021.


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.



  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


Perhaps the biggest differentiator between those who succeed and those who do not: the level of commitment.

Commitment determines execution, and as you probably know the measure of one’s success is the measure of their execution.


Performance Review – March 2020

March 2020 Performance / April 2020 Targets

The final figures are in. Above are some performance metrics I’m tracking in the area of fitness, finance and reading. Come back next month for the April performance review figures.


Life in Half a Second – Matthew Michalewicz (2013, Hybrid Publishers)

The Score

There are a couple of metrics I use to judge the value of a book.

  1. To what degree does it change the way I think or live? (5/5)
  2. How likely am I to immediately buy copies for friends? (4/5)
  3. What is the quality level of the book (author’s credibility, quality of writing, reliability of research and information)? (3/5)

Based on those questions, I have scored this book with marks out of 5 and taken an average as the final score of its value. (i.e. 12/3 = 4)

For Life in Half a Second, I value it as a 4/5 book.


BAU vs Strategic Work

BAU provides forward mobility.

Strategic work provides upward mobility.

When you put this into context against the backdrop of the mountain / sphere that you are climbing, you find that BAU alone will keep you circling the mountain at whatever level that you currently are – at best it will move you forward very slowly.

Combining BAU with Strategic Work however, you will find you start to climb in a forward and upward trajectory.

Strategic work is key to climbing your mountain.



“Automattic is creating the operating system for the web, from websites to ecommerce to social networks,” said Matt Mullenweg, founder and CEO of Automattic and cofounder of WordPress. “As we zoom past 1,100 employees in over 70 countries, we wanted a financial leader with experience taking businesses from hundreds of millions in revenue to billions and even tens of billions, as Mark has. I’m excited about working alongside such an experienced leader day-to-day to build one of the defining technology companies of this era.”

Nobody ever achieved anything significant by dreaming small dreams. I love the audacity of Matt Mullenweg.