ME BEFORE 2020


I went through a massive transition during my college years. I started writing goals on paper…no, I’m not talking about that the value education course I had to take in my second year. I started writing my goals on paper.

I think with anyone starting their self-development journey, you are bound to come across a bunch of things, like journaling/positive affirmations/meditating/’making your bed’/working out and so much more. And with all this information overload, it’s easy to get really motivated for a small period and then dejected when you see no progress. Of course, it’s important to contextualize what habits you are going to adopt.

Writing down my goals was one of the good habits, and of course, I called it bullshit and didn’t care for it… until I did.

My life started to change when I bought this funny looking weird pencil with a head at the top.
I’ll wait for that reference to settle in… nope? nothing? Shakalaka boom boom?

Okay, jokes apart.

I thought to myself what’s the worst that could happen? I would only lose time that I was gonna spend playing a video game anyway. And it was really helpful. Visiting the list every month to measure progress was therapeutic to me, here’s my theory on why it worked out for me – the book held me accountable, measuring progress every 30 days was a non-negotiable and I could see the progress that otherwise wouldn’t have been so evident. Life was good.

And then I happened to miss my monthly check once and then twice and before you know it, I wasn’t even using the book.

As much as I would like to get back to my old habit, I thought of doing this online. Thus, I will be using this page as a tracker and will be updating the list with a strikethrough as and when I’ve completed them.

Health

  • Weight goal – 63 kgs by end of the year (current weight as of 10th September – 59.6 kgs)
  • Wake up at 7:00 every morning/get 7-8 hours of sleep every night at least 4 days per week for the rest of the year.
  • Go to the gym at least 4 days in a week for the rest 16 weeks
  • Meditate every day for a month (30-day experiment)

Professional goals

Money

  • Hold off any big purchases(anything exceeding 10k) till the end of the year
  • Research about equity funds and invest in them(even if it’s a small amount)

Declutter

  • Revisit my wardrobe again to get rid of items that I will not need for the year 2020
  • Sell books I don’t/won’t read (Don’t be surprised, that wasn’t a typo – I just can’t get myself to read, I do audiobooks instead) Completed on 30th Oct

Others

  • Finish 6 audiobooks
  • Watch 3 Kannada movies – I would say I’m somewhere around 50-80% fluent in Kannada and I think consuming more content in Kannada will help me be more fluent
  • Try basketball (21 years old and never touched a basketball)
  • Start taking more photos of myself/document more

In case you’re wondering how I plan to track my progress for working out and waking up early, I will be using Coach.me
Looking forward to doing a post on Jan 2020 when I revisit this post again. I need to think of something cool to say to the future Karan. Umm… you are

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