Personal Goals Review 2020 #4 (the finale)

At the end of 2019, I set out some personal goals for 2020. This is the second year I’ve done this in this form, including reviewing 4 times a year. Links to previous reviews in 2020… #1, #2, #3. Here goes for the end of year review.

Here’s the TL;DR summary from the spreadsheet I’ve set up. I achieved 4 goals and missed 3 which were related to my weight and distance to cycle.

Screenshot of personal goals tracking spreadsheet

>> Read 50 books. Achieved. I read 70 books this year. An all time personal best since records began (in 1996).

Graph of number of books read each year since 1996. Clearly showing a jump in 2009 when we stopped having babies!
Image of my study bookshelves from March 2020. An ever evolving picture as more books get rotated

>> Summarise 100% of non-fiction books read. Achieved. As per my habit for the past few years, the summary is simply a three-sentence summary on the index card I use for a bookmark.

>> Cycle 4000 miles. Target Missed. Cycled 2566 miles, ran 239.5 miles and the difference in walks.

Training calendar image from Strava showing bar chart of exercise logged each month

Didn’t really start properly riding some distances until the lockdown in March, when I built up a good level of fitness to do a couple of Centuries during July and August. I got an injury to my shoulder/neck out of the blue in September which stopped me for a couple of months, but doing the Rapha Festive 500 has helped me end the year with a few extra miles in the bag.

Strava Fitness and Freshness graph showing rise from March to Sept and then drop off until Dec

>> Cycle a Gran Fondo each month. Missed Target — 8 completed. Although I completely failed to do one each month, they are bunched in a few months over the summer plus my end of the year flurry.

Image of spreadsheet listing Gran Fondos ridden

>> Write 10 Blog Articles. Achieved. 11 published. The most popular one with over 1000 reads was the The dire state of cloud-first strategies in NHS Trusts in 2020, which leds to some brilliant conversations and rebuttals!

>> Get 1,000 Twitter Followers. Achieved back in June. Target for next year should be 2,000 I guess.

>> Get to my target weight. Missed Target. This is totally linked to the amount of cycling I’ve done. I’m not into restricting eating, so the inevitable happens when I’m not exercising as much as I like.

>> Spend more time with my family and friends. Yes to the immediate family as we’ve gone through lockdowns and I’ve really enjoyed it. It was one of things I noted I’ve really appreciated in my Lockdown Reflections blog. We saw some friends socially distanced briefly in December and I realised that I’m looking forward to being spend time with friends at some point in 2021.

>> Write weeknotes. No target (intentionally). 48 done this year. I think I’ve settled into a format that works for now, so Series 3 will be the same in Jan.

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Given the year this has been, I’m pretty happy with the results. Now to think of the goals for 2021...

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