Archive of posts with tag 'goals'

Progress Report, August 2023

August 31, 2023 • #

Health & Habits


  • 17 activities
  • Distance: 87 mi
  • Total Time: 15:35:31
  • Average Pace: 10:43 / mi


  • Average: 7:04 / night
  • 8 hr nights: 7


  • Journal entries: 9; 7,009 words
  • Blog posts: 7
  • Newsletters: 1



Outlive, Peter Attia ░░░░░░░░░░▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ 50-100%

Solaris, Stanisław Lem ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ 0-100%

Dominion, Tom Holland ░░░░░░░░░░▓░░░░░░░░░ 52-57%

The Wright Brothers, David McCullough ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░ 0-36%

How Buildings Learn, Stewart Brand ▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ 0-27%

Wool, Hugh Howey ▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░...

Progress Report, November 2022

December 15, 2022 • #

I’m late getting my November update posted. November (and still, in December) was a rollercoaster of a month. Just so much happening with professional and personal, I’ve hardly had a moment to do much at all — neither focusing on any personal progress goals, nor writing or other fun side deals.

My running performance was pitiful. I did 5 runs, but honestly I’m surprised it was even that many. Feels like I’m totally off the wagon on that. I did alright on my sleep, but I swing too much back and forth to be a healthy pattern. I’ll do a...

Progress Report, October 2022

November 1, 2022 • #

This time I’m including the previous month’s to see month-over-month change, so progress (or lack of) is visible.

Health & Habits


  • 8 activities (6)
  • Distance: 26.44 mi (17.33 miles)
  • Total Time: 3:59:24 (2:32:34)
  • Average Pace: 8:56 / mi (9:08 / mi)


  • Average: 7:32 / night (7:30)
  • 8 hr nights: 10 (8)

Slightly better on sleeping more this month. Very slightly. Probably would’ve been even better improvement without a cross-country trip in the mix.


  • Journal entries: 14; 6,428 words (14; 7,292 words)
  • Blog posts: 14 (19)
  • Newsletters: 1 (2)
  • ...

Progress Report, September 2022

September 30, 2022 • #



  • 6 activities
  • Distance: 17.33 miles
  • Total Time: 2:32:34
  • Average Pace: 9:08 / mi


  • Average: 7:21 / night
  • 8 hr nights: 10


  • Journal entries: 14 (7292 words)
  • Blog posts: 19
  • Newsletters: 2



The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer

░░░░░░░░░░░░░░▓░░░░░ 70-78%

A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander

░▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ 9-16%

The Captured Economy, Brink Lindsey & Steven Teles

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Progress Report, August 2022

September 1, 2022 • #



  • 5 activities
  • Distance: 14.55 miles
  • Total Time: 2:06:54
  • Average Pace: 8:42 / mi


  • Average: 7:22 / night
  • 8 hr nights: 9



The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer
░░░░░░░░░░░░░▓░░░░░░ 68-70%

Termination Shock, Neal Stephenson
░░░▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ 17-31%

A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ 0-9%

Scene and Structure, Jack Bickham
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ 0-100%

Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░▓▓▓ 85-100%

Underland, Robert...

Progress Report, July 2022

August 1, 2022 • #

Kind of a wild month. I had a good week in the middle with consistent running, but otherwise underwhelming. I did do better with sleep this month.



  • 9 activities
  • Distance: 23.2 miles
  • Total Time: 3:25:28
  • Average Pace: 8:51 / mi


  • Average: 7:30 / night
  • 8 hr nights: 8



The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L.Shirer
░░░░░░░░░░░░▓░░░░░░░ 62-68%

The Tacit Dimension, Michael Polanyi
░░░░░░░░░░░░░░▓▓▓▓▓ 73-100%

Progress Report: June 2022

July 1, 2022 • #



  • 13 activities
  • Distance: 28.67 miles
  • Total Time: 6:28:54
  • Average Page: 9:03 / mi


  • Average: 7:20 / night



The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer
░░░░░░░░░░▓▓░░░░░░░░ 52-62%

The Law, Frederic Bastiat
░░░▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ 17-100%

Underland, Robert Macfarlane
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░ 0-57%

The Tacit Dimension, Michael Polanyi
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░ 0-73%

Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░ 0-40%


Progress Report: May

June 1, 2022 • #

Another month is in the books. I had a couple of trips this month, but did slightly better on running. Still pretty far away from the regular habit I used to have.



  • 12 activities
  • Distance: 26.7 miles
  • Total Time: 3:53:14
  • Average Pace: 8:47 / mi


  • Average: 7:00 / night



The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer
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The Future and its Enemies, Virginia Postrel

Progress Report: April

May 1, 2022 • #

This month was a weak one on the health front. I think I only got 2 or 3 runs in, and my sleep has been garbage. Maybe I can do better in May. We have plans to join the gym nearby, so that should coerce at least working out semi-weekly. If I could get to 3 runs per week and 2 workout sessions, I’d be happy to build from that.

I did, however, make inroads on eating better and cooking at home, so that’s a plus.




Progress Report: October

November 8, 2021 • #

I’m going take a stab at rebooting the monthly progress posts I used to do back when I was diligently tracking several goals through 2019 and 2020. Each month I’d look at how I was tracking against plan for fixed targets like “run 650 miles”.

This time we’re gonna try something different. I’ll include my workout activities, because I still want to note my monthly quantities even if not tracking against a fixed number, books I’m reading, and other media I’ve been consuming, inspired by Julian Lehr’s regular “media consumption” updates.

October was a pretty normal month....


June 17, 2021 • #

“Bring yourself back online…“

Bernard Lowe


When I pumped the brakes on my daily writing routine last year, I had designs on some other interesting projects to spend time on that the daily demand wasn’t giving me space for.

Throughout 2019 and 2020, I’d built a decent muscle for repetition and managing good habits through the accountability of publishing monthly reports on each goal. The first of each month I’d put together my stats on progression. I never shared them...

2020 Goals Review

January 2, 2021 • #

I’m a few days late in getting around to reviewing how I did on the goals for 2020, but what’s new there in a year full of challenges? It’s an understatement to say that for anyone that set quantified personal goals at the start of the year had a rude awakening in March. We all encounter setbacks along the progress bar throughout any year, but this one was a doozy, and a protracted one that just kept dragging out.

Luckily here in Florida we’ve been able to have some normal(ish) activities the past few months. Even just taking the kids...

Rolling Windows for Goal Tracking

April 26, 2020 • #

Since the beginning of 2019 I’ve been tracking ongoing goals using a Google Sheet I made, where I can enter each activity day by day and generate a rollup showing how I’m tracking on each goal throughout the course of the year.

Andy Matuschak put it well in this post where he talked about his system for habit-building. A calendar week isn’t great for tracking overall progress because it’s artificially-constrained.

Let’s take my current goal of running 650 miles this year. That averages to doing 12.47 miles per week to hit the number. With something like running,...

2019 Final Thoughts

December 31, 2019 • #

Since I already wrote up my overview of 2019 a couple weeks ago, here are some final notes to close out the year.

  • I continued the practice of posting here every day this year. I’ve been enjoying it as a means to keep me focused on learning and writing. No intention on stopping!
  • Worked on some major evolutionary changes to the business that’ll start bearing fruit in 2020.
  • Didn’t do as much traveling as previous years. Notable trips to San Jose,

Goal Summary: Meditation

December 18, 2019 • #

First up on the year in review is the meditation practice. I started out doing short meditation sessions sort of randomly late last year. I’d only remember to do it occasionally, maybe a couple times a week. While that’s better than zero, it never became a habit or a thing that I would think about consistently. Not to mention that meditation itself is a skill you need to hone over time with experience to get the benefits out of it. Committed practice is the only way it feels useful. This year I set a target to do some meditation each...

600 Miles

December 11, 2019 • #

The goal at the start of 2019 was to hit 500 miles running this year. Tonight’s run pushed me up to 602 miles for the year, with a couple of weeks left to go.

150+ miles more than any prior year 150+ miles more than any prior year

Through the mid-summer time I was only averaging 42 to 45 miles a month, which was barely keeping me over the pace mark week to week. I would log my runs and watch the moving plus/minus number I track and see myself float above...

The Every Day Blog

October 29, 2019 • #

Inspired by Fred Wilson’s AVC blog, I started posting something every day here last year on October 4th. The 1 year mark passed by and I didn’t even notice. It’s become such a part of my mental routine to keep up with that it’s become pretty painless.

Most of my posts are topics I find interesting or links I run across. I find myself zeroing in on themes that tend to appear in my reading patterns. Through the process I’ve also come up with a few recurring “series” type posts to do regularly:



October 27, 2019 • #

Today I finished my first half marathon. Felt great until about mile 10 when things got a lot harder. The final mile was painful, but I got it done and even ended up pushing it to under a 10 minute mile average pace (a goal I decided to shoot for around mile 8 when I was still feeling good and thought I could push myself).

Halloween Halfathon

Time for a week off!

Elevate for Strava

August 29, 2019 • #

Jason turned me onto this Chrome extension for Strava data analysis called Elevate. It’s a pretty amazing tool that adds deep analytics on top of the already-rich data Strava provides natively as part of their Summit plan.

Elevate fitness curve

In addition to having its own metrics like this fitness/freshness curve, it overlays additional metrics into the individual activity pages on the Strava website. My favorite ones are this (which Strava has its own simpler version of) and the year-over-year comparison graph, which lets you see your progression in total mileage...

Half Marathon

August 2, 2019 • #

I’ve committed myself to running my first half marathon, coming up in October. This sort of happened on a challenge from a couple folks at work. I didn’t really intend to throw something like this into the schedule that could interrupt my regular goal progress, but in looking at Strava’s training plans, their half marathon one starts mid August and scales up in a way I think I can tackle relatively comfortably. It starts off with easy runs in the 40-60 minute range, with weekend long runs up to 75-90 minutes. I’ll need to bring the...

Habits vs. Goals

July 8, 2019 • #

As I’ve written before on this topic, separating goal-setting from habit-forming is important to do if you want to have success at either. Often people set goals without defining the daily behaviors that will enable them to achieve said goals.

I felt the goals I set this year were firmly in the SMART category, but it’s required diligence not to fall off the wagon of the daily habits. I set some big numbers down (importantly, only in a few areas), so I needed to break down those into daily and weekly patterns to pace...

Run Shore Acres

May 12, 2019 • #

For no particular reason I decided to try and run every street segment in my neighborhood. A while ago I saw this project from ultrarunner Rickey Gates where he ran every single street in San Francisco. Of course my neighborhood is a fair bit smaller, but attempting it will keep things interesting. You can already see the progress zigzagging through the street spurs of waterfront property, with canals in between each row of houses.

Running Shore Acres

I’ve been doing a route regularly out onto Venetian Isles. This will mix it up and give...

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