1 year ago for day 12, 2021 with 345 words.

Thinking About Goals

A lot of people set goals at the beginning of the year. Most people however are notoriously bad in actually reaching them. That's why January is the busiest month in the gym and December the exact opposite.

I believe that the only way to make meaningful progress on your goals is by doing something small everyday. That's why I formulate my goals in a way where success is measured by how consistent I can do something. Instead of saying "I want to get better at writing" (not very measurable), I say: "this year I want to commit to writing at least 300 words for 100 days straight" (perfectly measurable).

Setting goals is the easy part. The much harder part is actually doing the work.

Setting the habit of writing everyday has some implications. It means that I need to book time in my agenda to actually do the work. I'm a notorious procrastinator, but with my self enforced daily output function, I now need to post at least something. Even if it's bad, by posting everyday it will eventually become better.

I created habits and systems that support my intended outcome. I have blocked my internet, cancelled all meetings before 13:00 and deleted my socials. This sounds like a lot of effort but I believe that this is the only way to actually reach the intended goals. The internet is just too big of a temptation to resist.

I wonder though if technology and platforms could do more to stimulate us in reaching our goals. Is it possible to create a platform for goal setting specifically? A platform where you set an intention, and where others follow your progress and keep your accountable. I believe that Write Together is an early exploration to that question for writing specifically. But I believe it can be so much more than that. Let's explore that further tomorrow.

Until then, I will keep on writing. And I'm pretty sure that I will come out as a better writer. And à la, that was exactly my original intention.

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