8 months ago for day 11, 2021 with 297 words.

List of Goals, Habits & Rules for 2021


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  • Publish 6 long-form research essays ~ This is my most important professional goal. I believe that writing on the internet has so much leverage power in all sorts of ways.
  • Publish 12 times on kentdebruin.com
  • ██ ██████ ███ ██████ ~ coming soon(ish)
  • Launch a new design studio
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  • Build a quantified self dashboard ~ This implies learning how API's work so I can connect all my data sources like Oura, Strava or bank transactions to one Airtable (?) dashboard.
  • Improve my programming knowledge significantly
  • Have an in-depth conversation (60 min +) with 25 interesting people I have never met before ~ Julian Lehr inspired me for this one.
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  • Redesign and rebuild kentdebruin.com
  • Build an automatic budgeting spreadsheet
  • Spend a week in nature without internet
  • Publish my public Are.na research on my website

Habits and rules

As I wrote here earlier: "To make progress on your goals you need habits." I see habits as the forcing function that will move my work forward. By settings some rules/habits I hope to make my goals easier to reach. My list of rules/habits for 2021:

  • No internet before 10:00 ~ I block all distracting websites and email via an app called Freedom
  • No outside meetings before 13:00 ~ This way I keep my morning open for creative work.
  • No social media on Sundays ~ Again blocked via Freedom
  • A weekly review on Sunday evening
  • A quarterly review with friends ~ Every 90 days I want to look back and set new priorities
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  • Plan sport at least 3x per week
  • Read 18 books ~ You can follow my progress here
  • Run 52 times ~ Follow here
  • Surf 10 times
  • Write 100 days in a row ~ Together with some friends I write daily on Write Together
  • Limit meat consumption to 24 meals
  • Break all routines, goals and habits for at least two weeks ~ unlimited dooms scrolling, plenty of steaks and chicken, and absolutely zero planning.

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