Log 2 - Selecting Goals

In the previous post, I mentioned how I tend to generate multiple goals at the beginning of each year and I don’t accomplish all of them. I often tackle multiple resolutions simultaneously since some are plans to develop habits; however, I find that it can be overwhelming and easy to fall off track once other responsibilities take up more time than usual.

Although it feels great to accomplish goals within the proposed year, some require continued commitment and subjecting the learning of skills to deadlines might not be the best approach.

Some of the goals set at the beginning of 2021 are:

  • Experiment with intermittent fasting
  • Sleep 8 hours per day with a regular schedule
  • Exercise at least 5 times a week
  • Learn how to do a handstand
  • Meditate daily
  • Learn how to speak Mandarin
  • Read 4 books
  • Embrace minimalism and buy fewer material goods
  • Start a YouTube channel

I tried intermittent fasting and was strict about it for over two months except for a few cheat days when going out. The thing I liked about fasting is that it made it easier for me to hit my daily fluid intake goals since I would drink water to help me get through the fasting period. The downside was that I couldn’t have my late-night snacks and I also realized I was slowly losing weight. Because of the undesired weight loss and stalling workout progression, I decided to stop intermittent fasting and eat more. I am going to check this item off my list but revisit it in the future with a plan to help me ingest enough calories.

In addition to that health goal, I also slept a consistent 8 hours each day for a few weeks but wasn’t able to sustain it as work and other responsibilities took up more time. As a result, I have been getting less than the ideal amount of sleep and it has affected the frequency of my exercise sessions.

Besides taking action on health-related goals, I have been studying Mandarin but not with the rigor required to make adequate progress. What started as an hour-a-day goal decreased to sporadic study sessions as hour-long commitments were no longer possible.

I read around 10 books last year but wanted to focus on fewer this year and practice the gained insights. As a result, I decided to focus on 4 books and apply their principles. These books don’t have to be new and could be ones I would like to review.

What’s listed above is a little more than half of my 2021 goals. I typically get through half of my list each year so these should be somewhat doable but I will take a different approach this time around and focus on a few objectives at a time. Yes, a quarter of the year has passed but starting sooner is better than starting later!

The three things that I will initially focus on are:

  • Sleep 8 hours per day with a regular schedule
  • Learn how to do a handstand
  • Learn how to speak Mandarin
  • (I may also read a book 🤓)