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.

Financial independence

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:

  1. Keep expenses low
  2. Keep income high
  3. Invest wisely

Good health

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.

Basic goals

  • 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

Stretch goals

  • 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.

Better relationships

I want:

  • 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.

Awesome kids

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.