Personal Goals Review 2019 #3

At the end of 2018, I set out some personal goals for 2019. One of these was to review the goals 4 times a year. Links to previous reviews… #1, #2. Here goes for review #3.

Here’s the TL;DR summary from the spreadsheet I’ve set up. I’m still just about on track, apart from my weight.

Image of goal tracking spreadsheet

>> Read 50 books. Exceeding target. 42 read. Managing to keep on track. Helped that I read 7 books on holiday in August. Now I typically have 3 books on the go at any time — a fiction and non-fiction by the bed and a further book in my rucksack, just in case.

>> Summarise 100% of non-fiction books read. On target. 14 non-fiction read, 100% summarised! Although one I read over the summer was pretty hard to summarise, given that I gained nothing from it.

>> Cycle 4000 miles. Target Met. 4,045 miles done. Since completing LEJOG I’ve backed off the mileage and have done more running and playing football (which I stopped playing ahead of LEJOG for fear of injury). I started running with my eldest kids which has been a good challenge for me to try and keep up with them, when I can tear them away from the XBox.

>> Write 10 Blog Articles. Behind target. 6 published. Not had the time or energy to write much over and above weeknoting so far, but have a few ideas brewing.

>> Cycle LEJOG. Completed! A very rainy nine days of Cycling — a summary is on our JustGiving page.

>> Get to my target weight for LEJOG. Failed. I could ignore this target since the date has passed, but I’m still at least half attempting to get somewhere near by the end of the year. Our holiday in France over the summer had a serious impact!

>> Write weeknotes. No target (intentionally). As at review point #2, I’m finding it a really useful technique for reflecting on each week, regardless of whether anyone else reads them. It’s also been a good conversation point with people around work. So far, I’ve not discovered anyone else at work who does it, but there seems to be a few people in my wider network who have dabbled. I have continued to maintain doing one every working week this year so far. I’d like to progress from the day by day structure I use, but that will take a bit more effort in-week to note things as I go, and I can’t find the head space to do that just now.

>> Find some decent podcasts. The podcasts I was listening to in July have stuck. I’m still regularly listening to WB-40, Safe for Work, Inside Science and The Kings Fund.

Conclusion — I continue to do ok against the goals I set in 2019. It has also started to make me think about the 2020 goals and how they might differ.

Husband. Dad to 3 smashing lads. Cub Leader. MAMIL. Group CDIO for Northampton and Kettering Hospitals. Ex NHS Digital. Views own. Always learning.