I have three categories of goals for 2018:
The numbers above for Build and Learn weren’t picked arbitrarily. There are 52 weeks in a year and 12 months in a year (about 4 weeks/month), so these goals break down very managably into intermediate monthly goals of:
Which in turn break down into managable weekly goals, which will help define clear daily goals.
Keep doesn’t need to be broken down into monthly or weekly goals. The yearly goals flow directly into daily goals:
To make sure I have the work bandwith to accomplish my 2018 goals, I need to be working for 8 pomodoros (poms) every weekday, or 40 poms every week, or 2,080 poms in 2018. With clear daily goals, each pom will be easy to define.
40 - 8 - 8 - 5 - 4 - 6 - 3 - 6 = 0 ✅
Notes: first week doing my fresh new 2018 productivity system and I did 40 poms! Huge success there, even with two unexpected family emergencies that ate up a lot of time. Next week I’d like to go over 40 poms to bank up some time for the 7-day Denver ski trip I’m taking from the 21st to the 28th. Working 8 poms a day, I could bank up 32 extra poms before the trip and only need to squeeze 8 poms over the entire week (~1/day). My “Relationships” outline is two chapters short of publishing, so I’ll finish that up next week.
40 + 16 - 8 - 8 - 8 - 8 - 8 - 8 - 8 = 0 ✅
Notes: Wow - a perfect week. 16 poms banked for my ski trip! I started this week wanting to push out a feature for an app, but two days in I realized my time would be much better spent going back and learning the fundamentals of the frameworks I wanted to work with: redux and firestore. I pivoted and wrote guides on those technologies instead of building stuff and I think it was a great decision: I have a much better fundamental understanding of what these tools do and how to use them, and I published several guides on them, which satisfies another yearly goal. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” I like the progress I’m making just learning these technologies at a deeper level, so I’ll continue that next week and delay the Apricot Book improvement.
40 + 8 - 8 - 8 - 8 - 6