New year resolutions

I have made a lot, and failed at, every new year resolution I committed to in the past.

Some because, well, they were too optimistic, others, because I was not disciplined enough.

The reasons I'm writing down my resolutions for 2014 here is:

  1. I want them to be public : This acts as a motivator, (and sometimes as a gun on your head) when I'm down.

  2. To remember : Otherwise, I always end up making a list of resolutions, only to forget them by end of January, and remember them again by end of December, to make some more new ones.

Now getting to the resolutions. By Dec 31, 2014, I want to:

  • Launch a startup
  • Get weight down to <= 72Kg, and build more stamina.
  • Make a $100k
  • Make a trip to the Himalayas
  • Take a nice vacation abroad
  • Have written 60 good articles on this blog
  • Give a talk at a (Ruby/Rails) conference
  • Learn 4 new programming languages this year. (1 every 3 months)
  • Push atleast one open source commit to Github every day

Another thing I've learnt from my past failures with New Year resolutions and from Mr. Wise Internet is this,

Do not make vague resolutions. Have very clear resolutions, with metrics, to determine whether or not you met your goals, and an action plan to get there.

I hope to come back to this post many times next year, and update on the status of some of these resolutions, or just cross them out, once they are achieved, or (very unlikely) to add a few new ones.

And for some inspiration,

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Have a great 2014, y'all!

Murtuza Kutub

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Chennai, India

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