Friday, December 28, 2018

2019 Personal OKRs

As I enter 2019, I'm grateful for all the good and wonderful things that happening in my life. I have a amazing wife, gracious kids, good work environment, and my health. In each of these areas, I have recognization, validation and each care about my contributions in their lives. I also see that my personal cognitive abilities, health, and energy seems to have long since peaked and going downward. My plan for 2019 is counteract that downward trend and improve my impact by really focusing on what's important and say No to lots of distractions.

Things that accelerate the downward trend are various stressor in my life that rob of my vitality and energy. Worrying about my health is a source of stress. While, my health is good, I nevertheless worry about it. To counteract the negative thinking, I need to focus and make self-care a priority. After 3.5 years of steady and solid work performance, I can definitely ease the gas pedal at work. Instead of trying to do everything and quickly, I can pace myself and focus on the really important tasks that I add the most value. Saying No at work and set better boundaries of reasonable tasks. Last but not least, as my son enters high school, that's going to be huge area of stress on the whole family. I need to rethink our relationship and focus on the positive impact that I can have on his life.

After much practice at work with all the quarterly and annual planning, here are my personal OKRs.

Improve sustainability and quality of life by rethinking or removing sources of stress.

  • Exercises consistently. Nothing difficult but do something consistently 3 times a week. 
  • Read more. Aim for 20 non fiction books on categories of business, self improvement, personal finance, and teen parenting.  
  • Cut back on coffee and refined sugar by 25% and drink more water. 
  • Lose 15 pounds. 
  • Work less (keep normal hours and turn-off work device during off hours unless highly urgent tasks)
  • Practice digital well-being (less screen time and social media). Less than 30 min per day on random news, social media, youtube, etc. 
  • Recognize and appreciate my family, reduce my negative energy and not be a source of stress on my family. 

Non fiction reading list of 2018

Looking back on 2018, I'm did okay on my objectives. 

  • Sleep more
  • Work less
  • Read more
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Exercises more

I didn't do a good job with these objectives, should have clear target metrics with timeline. But I did sleep more and worked less. My biggest win is definitely reading more. I have read more non fiction books than probably last 5 years combined. 

Here is my reading list ranked from most interesting to boring. I highly recommend the first 8 books, the rest is interesting but a reader digest version is just as good. Looking forward to reading even more books next year. 

  1. The Power of Moments. Heath, Chip
  2. Outliers. Gladwell, Malcolm
  3. David and Goliath. Gladwell, Malcolm
  4. Grit. Duckworth, Angela
  5. Mindset. Dweck, Carol
  6. Homo deus : a brief history of tomorrow. Harari, Yuval
  7. Great at Work. Hansen, Morten
  8. If You are So Smart Why are You Not Happy. Raghunathan, Raj
  9. Drive. Pink, Daniel
  10. 12 Rules for Life. Peterson, Jordan
  11. Smarter, Faster, Better. Duhigg, Charles
  12. Originals. Grant, Adam
  13. When. Pink, Daniel
  14. The Achievement Habit. Roth, Benard
  15. The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family. Lencioni, Patrick
  16. Win Bigly, Adam. Scott