Originally Posted by Julebag
[ ] Stop making goals thread every month after it's become pretty clear no one gives a ****
That one got a chuckle from me. Is it that you want someone to respond to your monthly goals but you're getting no feed back? If so, here's some feed back for you.
I read everything posted in this forum and I care. I don't know why I care because on another level I also think whatever we do doesn't really matter.
To each his own. Years and years ago, when I was interested in chess, I studied and solved chess problems and I think that approach helped my game more than actual matches. Honestly, though, I didn't do that to improve my game. I did it simply because I enjoyed doing it. But I do think that approach made me a better chess player.
Also if you don't use a chess clock, I think you focus more on learning the game than on beating your opponent. What I'm suggesting is focusing on learning the game rather than on beating your opponent. If you know the game of chess better than your opponent, then winning will take care of itself.
[ ] Play some poker, have some fun
I don't focus on having fun. I'll be playing some poker and, I imagine, enjoying myself when I do. I don't think of playing poker or having fun as goals, but I think it's fine if you do.
What's "early"? In any event, just get an alarm clock, set it for when you need to get up, and then get up when the alarm goes off. It's just a matter of deciding that's what you'll do and then doing it.
But don't set your alarm for earlier than you need because if you're like me you'll just shut it off and go back to sleep. If you're like me you need some thought in your brain, some need to be somewhere by a certain time, propelling you.
[ ] Start training for Olympic Triathlon this Fall
I don't set goals for myself. I think I might have gotten farther in life if I had set long term goals for myself and then had broken those long term goals into monthly goals.
I remember when I was an undergraduate student in college going into finals week I used to plan to study certain hours for this and certain other hours for that... and then sometimes I'd end up reading a novel instead.
Over the years I gradually built up the time I was able to study. By the end of grad school I was able to study almost all of the time. I didn't need to write out a schedule for studying. I didn't get behind in any class, just studied topics as they arose in each class. And then when it was finals time I reviewed. And that was what I wanted to do. The key to studying was getting to the point where studying was doing what I wanted to do.
And then the rest of my life fell into place. In terms of my job, I just did what I wanted to do and that somehow coincided with what I was probably supposed to be doing. I think if you can get to where what you want to be doing is what you should be doing, you'll be in a good place. And then advancements and rewards will take care of themselves.