Here’s the plan. Current goals are pretty simple. In order of importance (and thus allocated time):
- Work on a day’s worth of japanese learning. This might seem too vague to work as a goal, but it’s absolutely clear what a day of learning is to me.
- Write for 30 minutes. I’m thinking of trying to get fantasy/sci-fi books published, and the first step is to start writing crappy books (and hopefully gradually get better at it).
- Work on music for 6 minutes. I like making music. I’m not doing it as much as I would like bacause akrasia. I’m aiming to get good enough to submit to a competition by end of may.
- Study finance for 6 minutes. It’s just 6 minutes because it’s not a priority just yet; but I plan to invest my savings myself instead of relying on “investment professionals”, so it’s eventually going to grow.
- Study math or code for 6 minutes. I’d just like to understand basic college level math - but I’m giving myself the option to substitute the taxing math studying with some relaxing coding on hobby projects. Kind of arbitrary but I think it’s OK.
High level plan: make all of these habits, then increase writing to multiple hours a day, finance, music and math to 30 minutes each or around there. If I execute the plan and don’t radically change idea, writing is going to become my job, and learning Japanese, math, music and finance is going to make me a better person.
Yeah, beeminder is going to keep me accountable to some degree, but I’d like you guys to do so as well, considering my high level plan, and my occasional postings here.
Somehow, we need to convince my brain that spending time being productive for my own personal goals is worth the effort. Somehow my brain gets it if it’s about working on software or on fixing a PC or something for someone else, but when it’s about learning on my own, it doesn’t.
All goals and datapoints should be public (if I didn’t mess settings up).