Been away a while. Amazing, only 6 days ago I was on top of the world. Now I’m recovering from a spiral.
I recognize that I will go up and down often. My job, my goal in life, is to keep myself on the up for as long as possible, learn how to avoid and escape the downs, and always elevate myself higher.
So, here comes recovery and rocket fuel.
My New Years Plan
Yes I know it’s cheesy. I wasn’t even planning to do this. I’ve always thought it was kinda stupid.
But I need to recover from a spiral, and I’m hearing a lot of new years resolution crap lately. So it’s the first thing that came to mind when I thought that I need to get back on high. And it seems like a damn good idea (with a few loop holes).
In this post, I’m gonna cover a lot. I’m gonna start with creating a goal hierarchy, starting from life goals and multi-year goals, down to year goals, multi-month goals, month goals, week goals, and day goals.
I will cover how I will define these and keep myself pointed at them, how I will ensure that I fly towards these goals while still having time to live on impulse and do nothing (aka base line recovery).
Starting with life goals
Simply stated, these will change. At least, I expect them to eventually. But I will live them as if they are the divine purpose that I exist at all. And I will drop them without a second glance as soon as I have decided on another reason for living.
At the moment, my life goal is entirely selfish. I do not aim to change the world for the sake of changing the world. I do not aim to improve others and make them more excited in their existence for their sake.
Everything I do is so that I may improve and enjoy my life further. Ideally, this will be a mutually beneficial action. If this is not possible, it will benefit me at any cost to anyone else. If this is not possible, it will benefit no one, so that I can devote no time or effort to it and move onto something more beneficial. I do not plan on ever doing something solely for the benefit of another.
This means I will not donate. This means I will go to any length to help a fellow pick up artist or entrepreneur, because doing so will give me someone to improve off of. This means I would rather risk getting kicked out of a house than do something I hate to stay in it.
I am a selfish person. I do not see this as a bad thing. And being able to drop all pretense and masks and embrace it will allow me to use it to get as much enjoyment as possible out of life.
It also means I will not have many friends. This is good. It will serve as a screening test for everyone I meet. If they do not like it, they will not associate with me. If they do, we will have a mutually beneficial relationship.
So, to state it once more for my own clarity: The purpose of my life is to maximize my enjoyment and excitement, and to minimize my boredom and stagnation.
This may come at the cost of breaking rules and blocking relationships. I’m more than okay with this.
Now multi year goals
These are goals that serve huge purposes in keeping to my life goal. I have to be careful with this, because if I create a multi-year goal that does not need multiple years to achieve, I will end up wasting a lot of time and possibly giving up for lack of progress and inspiration. I’d rather push myself too hard than to little.
I can’t think of any goals yet that justify a deadline longer than 12 months, so I will move on for now to…
This is more like it. Here is where I can down to concrete planning and execution.
This new year will consist of two simple goals.
1) Make $3500/month with less than 5 hours of required work per week
2) Become a master pick up artist. This entails a lot of things, so I’ve gotta get super specific.
I will do that in the next blog post
Multi month goals
…will be large parts of yearly goals, that can stand by themselves as individual goals.
An example of this is getting the Minimalist Backpacker Shop to $600/month is 6 months.
They can also be side goals (covered next in this post), that are big enough to take multiple months.
Every month will consist of a maximum of three goals.
The first will be a financial goal that relates to my yearly financial goal ($3500/month w/ <5hours/week).
The second will be a step in a major pleasure goal (Becoming a Master Pickup Artist).
The third may not always be there. When it is, it will be a goal for fun, or from my Dream List. This goal can suffer without any guilt, and can be put on the backburner to make room for my yearly goals.
At the beginning of each month, I will outline in detail what these goals are, and how I plan to achieve them.
I will re-read this post every Sunday of the month.
The last or first Sunday of every month will be devoted to writing a goal review of the last month and the goal outline for the new one.
I can have up to four goals a week. The first two will be my yearly goals (Financial, Pleasure). The next will be the optional monthly goal. The third will be a quick and fun skill or experiment I want to conquer (handstands, shuffling cards, a dance move, a recipe, etc.).
Those last two are optional. If I do not do them, I will remove them from the task list and put them in the notes list. They are for shits and giggles, and will cause no guilt. They are the bonus questions on a test: do them and you get extra credit, or don’t and your test is unaffected.
I also get Saturdays off, if I want. I will not plan any mandatory tasks on that day, and will try to schedule random fun stuff for then. This will allow me not to crack under constant pressure, and have a day without obligation.
I can have up to four goals a day.
The first two are the yearly goals. They should consume no more than four hours, and aim for three. They are mandatory, and the day cannot end until they are completed.
The second two are the for fun monthly goal, and the mini week goal. They can be skipped if I don’t have time or inclination, without any guilt.
So, in review:
Everything I do will be in pursuit of my life goal: The purpose of my life is to maximize my enjoyment and excitement, and to minimize my boredom and stagnation.
This will be achieved via my two Yearly and Multi-Yearly goals. Which will be reviewed every December. I will re-read my yearly goals on the first/last Sunday of each month.
These yearly goals will be broken down into monthly steps. Each month may have an extra side goal for fun or to achieve a goal on the Dream List. My monthly goals will be reviewed and planned at the first/last Sunday of each month. My monthly goal will be re-read every Sunday.
These monthly goals will be broken down into weeks devoted to the completion of a step. Each week may see it’s own mini-goal that would never make it to a major goal but would still be fun to achieve.
I get Saturdays optionally goalless.
Every day will have a minimum of two mandatory goals and maximum of four goals. The day cannot end until the two mandatory goals are achieved or deemed unobtainable. These two mandatory goals should not take over 3 hours to complete.