Maybe writing about my long term goals occasionally will help me think through them and commit to them.
I currently group my goals into 4 major categories. I try to re-evaluate them frequently. Which means they change. I try to look at them every day so they are top of mind and I don’t get off track.
To achieve these goals I need to break them down into smaller and smaller chunks until I find a chunk thats easy to do. Basically its just a matter of solving problems until all the problems are gone and I reach my goal. Prioritization, measuring progress, and not getting stuck are important too.
I want to be financially independent by 2020. Which means I need to save enough money that I can live off the investment returns.
Some clarification: Its not my goal to sit around and do nothing. And I’m not necessarily going to quit my job. My job is amazing, my coworkers are brilliant, I’m learning a lot, and our product is both cool and useful.
The purpose is to have the freedom to do what I want. And to know with certainty I’m doing what I want. And to be able to protect my family from risk and change more easily.
There are 3 ways to generate wealth. I will need to:
- Keep expenses low
- Keep income high
- Invest wisely
Life is good. I want to live forever. Failing that I’d like to live as long as possible with a high quality of life.
- Eat well
- Sleep a lot
- Healthy teeth
- Weight under 155
- Aerobic: Run 3 miles every day
- Strength: 100 pushups every day
- Strength: 20 pullups every day
- Strength: handstand
- Body fat: 6 pack
- Endurance: marathon
The fitness goals seem fairly simple to achieve but require quite a bit of time. The hard part for me is avoiding injury. Diet is a harder problem. I eat pretty well. Doing better here might require asking some experts and/or just doing more research.
- Friends who live in my neighborhood
- To see everyone in my family at least once a year
- To visit friends who are spread around the world once a year
I’m an introvert, I work too much, and I have a 1 year old. So I suck at relationships. Tribes are helpful and fun. One of the big advantages to financial independence is having the money and time to spend with friends and family.
I believe that like anything else I can do better through analysis, planning, and practice. I have some ideas, but exactly what I’m going to do needs to be fleshed out more.
I’d have tons of kids if I had tons of money and time. Atm having more kids sounds like a terrifying amount of work. But I also think its one of the most rewarding things a person can do and I especially think its going to be totally worth it when I’m old. This objective is woefully non specific atm and needs a lot of work.