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Summer 2009 preview

For a number of reasons, I’ve decided to change my system for getting things done again. For a year and a half, I’ve been using a monthly update of goals and subsequent evaluation of progress towards these goals. The result is good, but not good enough. Setting a goal makes me think about what I want to achieve and even though I haven’t always succeeded entirely, I have at least tried and done something most of the time, and, to be honest, it’s this progress that counts, not accomplishing or not accomplishing rather arbitrarily set goals.

However, I think there is a better way of doing this. I’ve noticed that I commonly have two kinds of things I want to do, one kind for which a time scale of one month is too long, and another kind where one month is too short a time. The first kind would be creative and physical output (especially the former, though). Setting a goal at the beginning of the month simply doesn’t make me focused enough for the first couple of weeks, although I sometimes rise to the challenge towards the end of the month. Thus, I want to shorten the time span for these goals to one week, with proportionally smaller steps to coplete. Since I don’t want to write about this once every week in a new post (and I doubt anyone would like to read it), this will be the function of my old project page (which I’ve sadly neglected to update for quite a while), which will be updated later this week.

The other kind concerns large scales projects, which can never be completed in one month, let alone the new one-week interval I suggest in the above paragraph. I think a quarterly assessment of these goals will be enough, since that is a sufficiently long time to make real progress, without being too long and thus making the future hard to predict (this is one of the main drawbacks with projects such as the 101-in-1001 list, 1001 days is such a long time that it’s virtually impossible to predict if the goals will even be desirable after two and a half years). Still, some projects will be even bigger, but these will be broken down into quarterly parts, and then into weekly goals.

Will this work or is this endless quest for the “perfect” system just a waste of time? To be honest, I don’t know, but the trial and error development of my way of doing things enables me to learn a lot about how I work and how I can improve whatever I want to improve. There probably is no such thing as a system so good that I will not feel the need to change again, but again, this might be an intrinsic feature of the process, necessary and even good.

During this summer, I’ll focus on the following things:

Finish writing and testing Magneter och mirakel
Write next version of Nostalgi with Martin
Contribute to next version of Haragada

Planche progression
One-arm chin-up progression
Hand-walking (final goal is 100 metres)
Increase side split and pike flexibility

Maintain revision queue at zero
Finish Practical Audio-Visual Chinese 5
Finish Far Eastern Everyday Chinese 3
Prepare necessary documents for next year in Taiwan
Read 1000 pages in Chinese

Work at least 150 hours

Publish new version of this website
Make sure XP and Ubuntu both run smoothly on my laptop

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