Personal OKRs for 2021

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions because you really don’t need to wait on some external event to set yourself goals and start making progress toward them. Nevertheless, I do like setting annual goals with a multi-year horizon in mind.

We just turned the page on a turbulent 2020 year. I’m optimistic that 2021 will be a great year for humanity, even though we continue to be in the midst of a global of pandemic. I'm excited to work on bulding a better and brither future for all of us. So, here are my personal goals for this year in the form of objectives and key results (OKRs).

[Intellectual] Objective: Have fun building stuff with bits and atoms

Key results

  • Reviewed all material from the MIT class How To Make (almost) Anything 2020 edition.
  • Workshop space has been setup with tools for woodworking and electronics.
  • Worked through two math books with exercise problems, or equivalent online classes.
  • Designed and built five simple software projects.
  • Designed and built three woodworking projects.
  • Designed and built two projects involving electronics.

We swapped the condo for a house last year and I finally have space for a small workshop. The longer term plan here is to spend the next five years self-learning applied math and experimenting with digital fabrication. Also, can’t wait for the kids to grow up so we can build things together!

[Physical] Objective: Lower resting heart rate below 50

Key results

  • Exercised 4 times a week for 20+ minutes.
  • Averaged sleep between 7.5 and 9h a night (e.g. 11pm-6:30am) for 40 weeks of the year.
  • Fasted intermittently five days a week, 16 hours a day (e.g. 7pm-11am) for 40 weeks of the year.

The goal is to continue maintaining such levels of resting heart rate going forward. Here is what my current resting heart looks like.

Resting heart rate chart

I also need to become more disciplined in prioritizing my sleep, as much as our young kids will allow it. Sleeping five to six hours a night, as you can see on the graph below, is definitely not enough for me. I need at least 7.5 hours of sleep to feel rested.

Current resting heart rate

[Social] Objective: Have more fun with friends

Key results

  • Hosted friends for brunch 15 times.
  • Enjoyed 20 days of outdoor activities with friends.
  • Went to five cultural events (e.g. musicals, plays, concerts).

Hopefully the western world will deal with COVID-19 by July and we will be able to socialize with friends again. I also can’t wait to have our parents to come visit us from Europe. It will soon be three years since I’ve seen my father and a year and a half since I’ve seen my mother and mother-in-law.

[Financial] Objective: Increase value of family assets

Key results

  • Achieved 20% internal rate of return on the securities market.
  • Reduced family monthly burn rate by 10%.
  • Renovated the finished basement which should increase the value of the house.

In addition to personal goals I also have family and professional OKRs that I would rather not share with the Internet.

Game on.

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