My personal goals: 6 month review

Last week, I wrote a post about how it took me almost 32 years to start setting goals.

I mentioned that I would eventually share my goals for the year once I had them written out on paper.

Well, it turns out I had already completed this task at the beginning of the year to present to the mastermind group I’m in.

In said mastermind, we usually share our weekly wins and challenges when we meet every week. But at the beginning of every new year, we review the previous year and share our goals for the year to come.

I separated my goals into business goals and personal goals, and today I’ll be sharing my personal goals, as well as my progress so far.

Personal Goals

  • Waking up at 6am 5 times per week
  • Journal every day
  • More trips than I went on in 2016
  • Guitar for 15 minutes a day, 3 times per week
  • Meditation 5 times per week
  • Read one new book a month, no business books in consecutive months
  • Find an office or dedicated video production space
  • Pick up a new sport or hobby

As you can see, I’ve been able to consistently meet about half of my personal goals for 2018.

While I haven’t been able to consistently wake up at 6am (it comes in waves), I think I will be able to accomplish this in the latter half of the year.

My system has been to leave my phone (aka alarm clock) in the bathroom so that I’m forced to not only get out of bed, but also go to the room where I can quickly splash water on my face and take a shower.

The number of trips I take is still TBD, since a lot of them aren’t planned out too far in advance.

As far as reading goes, I’ve really dropped the ball.

For one, I’m still only reading non-fiction.

Secondly (and the bigger issue), I’m simply not making the time to read.

My hunch is that screens are to blame here.

I read on my phone. I read on my computer. I read on my Kindle.

I can’t escape the damn screens, which makes me think I just need to force myself to start reading physical books again.

Yes, I love the convenience of being able to download any book instantly, not having to carry around any extra weight, highlighting and saving notes in one unified place, and not taking up the finite space in my Shoebox apartment, but this is really where the benefits of eBooks end for me.

I’m not getting away from the screens.

I’m not able to flip to random pages.

I have to worry about battery life.

Why make reading harder than it already is?


The last personal goal of mine is to find a dedicated office space that I can work on both of my businesses.

I’ve considered WeWork in the past, but considering I already have an insane amount of expenses in this high cost-of-living city, it’s been really hard to justify paying at least $400/month for a shared workspace.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind sharing at all.

The main issue is that I would like to have a workspace that could double as a small video production studio.

I currently shoot many of my videos for Coffee Concierge in my horribly lit kitchen, which already has less space than my bathroom.

This just doesn’t work, especially if I’m going to scale and improve my content creation.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find this dream space where I currently live, but if I’m ever going to be able to find it, I will need to work with what I have so I can hopefully budget for it in the future.

I’ll check in on my business goals tomorrow. Hint: so far it has been a much bigger struggle.

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