Four Goals for 2019

Hi all, Ben here for WeAchieve. As one of the creators of a platform designed around helping people to achieve their goals, I felt a bit more pressure than usual to set good targets for myself in 2019. And given our business, it makes sense for me to share what I came up with.

In particular, I wanted to share it to give a sense of what can be done with WeAchieve and get your minds going on what you want to accomplish in 2019.

Particularly, any goal in WeAchieve has milestones – traditionally outcome-focused objectives, and tactics – the daily/weekly/monthly processes you’d use to get to the milestones. This split helps you take a goal and answer two key questions:

  • What constitutes success for this goal? (These become the milestones)
  • What do I need to do to get there? (These become the tactics)

So without further ado, I wanted to share my four goals for 2019, and how I plan to get there:

1. Make WeAchieve Great

This goal in WeAchieve. The meta is strong with this one.

As an Entrepreneur, my top priority for the year is to make WeAchieve a viable business, and 2019 is the key year for this. We have the product ready, now we need to share our approach and get the world achieving more! The list of targets for this one could be endless for me, but I tried to distill it to the important steps for now. As with any startup, these can change and/or be appended at any moment.

Milestones:

  • Release Android App
  • Obtain Seed Investment
  • Reach 10,000 Users
  • Reach 2,500 Returning Active Users

Tactics to Reach it:

  • Blog 2x per week
  • Make at least 3 investor/connection contacts per week
  • Release 3 product improvements each week

While you may not be starting your own company, setting some basic milestones and goals for a side-project and for your “real job” can be really effective in making sure they both progress. We’ll be sharing more on that next week.

2. Reach a new level of Fitness

I’m a huge believer in the power of exercise and cardio. Or rather, I enjoy it, and thus choose to believe the studies of its benefits are accurate! In any case, I’m excited to try to go to new levels there, as I’ve been building my fitness over the past eight years or so. At 30 years old, I’m only 5 pounds above my weight at the end of high school and overall have never been in better shape. As such, I have a long list of new personal bests I’d like to set in 2019.

Milestones:

  • Run 1,650 miles
  • Bike 1,650 miles
  • Do 1,650 burpees
  • Do 1,650 pushups
  • Swim 16.5 miles
  • Bike a Century Ride
  • Do 165 km of interval work
  • Climb 100k vertical feet on foot
  • Run sub-5 minute mile
  • 5k PR (19:51 or better)
  • 10k PR (44:14 or better)
  • Half Marathon PR (1:36:53 or better)
  • Sub 3:30 marathon for marathon #8
  • Do 2 Triathlons (any distance sprint+)

Tactics to Reach it:

  • Monthly mileage targets
  • Weekly Marathon Training Plan
  • Weekly interval training targets

3. Continue to Learn

Like many, after college I was kind of over structured learning. I had crammed a full M.S. into a fifth year that had me taking 5 grad courses each semester, but in the end I was fairly done with structured learning. Over the past seven years, I’ve learned a *TON* through hands-on applications and learning on the job. But in 2018, I also discovered that I’ve recovered from my structured learning exhaustion. As part of returning to that, I received my MBA from Smartly and started to discover the wonders of what is available on sites like Coursera and EdX. On the side, I’ve also been learning German and Vietnamese, so it’s been busy. But in any case, I have some fun plans for 2019:

Milestones:

  • Complete 12 Coursera courses
  • Expand German Vocabulary to 1,500 words
  • Expand Vietnamese Vocabulary to 1,000 words
  • Read 18 books
  • Learn 12 new cooking recipes
  • Meditate 100 times

Tactics to Reach it:

  • Complete 2 course-weeks per week
  • Read 10 pages of a book each day
  • Meditate 3x per week
  • Weekly German/Vietnamese Learning Targets

4. Stay Connected to Folks

For a long time, I’ve struggled with staying in touch with people when it becomes less convenient to do so. With plans to move to Texas in 2019, this will get even tougher. Fortunately, WeAchieve will help with this, and we have some exciting features planned to make this even better!

Milestones:

  • Send at least 150 Birthday notes
  • Have at least 25 phone conversations just to catch up

Tactics to Reach it:

  • Reach out to at least one friend per week just to catch up
  • Weekly/Monthly/Quarterly reminders to reach out to some friends/family

Other Things that Matter

Outside of those four main goals, I’m also monitoring some vices to ensure that these stay within reasonable ranges. I did this to great affect in 2018 to reduce the amount of alcohol that I drank, as well as the amount of time I spent staring at my phone. In 2019, I’ll be monitoring a few things to keep myself in check:

  • Monthly Drinks – generally keep below 30 per month
  • iPhone Screen Time – keep below 8 hours per week
  • Average Phone Pickups – keep below 50 per day
  • Average Out-of-Bed Time – try to improve this to average 7:00am
  • Keep my apartment clean – a perpetual struggle, but basic yes/no is it clean keeps me honest

Lastly, there are a few other good habits that don’t fit neatly into any one bucket, but that I try to keep myself to. These aren’t critical, but are fun things to try to keep myself to:

  • Step Count – normally not an issue due to running, but have a nominal 100k/week goal that can help me get out there and walk on low-mileage weeks
  • Journal – do at least 3x per week
  • Writing (Other) – write at least 200 words per day on any subject.

I could go on, there are of course at least a few life-related things that fall outside of this. Even so, this may seem like a lot. Fortunately, WeAchieve makes it super easy to manage all of this!

The Setup in WeAchieve

Basically, I have five main goals (the four listed plus a “vice reduction” category). And within each I’ve created the milestones and tactics. WeAchieve provides constant feedback via a goal’s star rating of whether I am executing my tactics for the week, and areas where I fall behind are highlighted for me. With a quick glance & update each day, I can see if I’m slacking and make plans to fix it.

For some where I know I have friends and family with similar goals, I’ve created challenges within WeAchieve to add some social pressure to things.

One last thought: if you haven’t setup your 2019 goals yet, that’s not an issue! Goals should always be adaptable as you never know what’ll happen a year or even a couple months out. In any case, the best time to start is now!

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