I realize that I spend the majority of time on consuming what others produce. Reading, watching, and listening to materials created by others.
It makes sense to do so when I was young and in the exploration stage of my life. I needed a lot of advice and information from others when I was uncertain about what to do for my career, who to live for the rest of my life together, where to settle and live, and so on.
However, now I entered into the exploitation stage – I’ve developed my expertise in my career, data science. I married love of my life and had our children together. My family moved to a place where we’d like to live for generation. I need to start to focus on producing.
It’s not to say that I’ve already figured out everything and I don’t need to learn anymore. It’s opposite. It’s time to learn new things about how to produce best by utilizing what I’ve learned in the past.
Studies on the secretary problem state that the optimal stopping point of exploration is 37%. e.g. If you’re recruiting a secretary next 100 days, it’s optimal to pass all candidates during the first 37 days to learn about the total distribution of candidates, and then to hire the first person who is better than all candidates who you interview in the first 37 days.
I spent little over 37% of my life so far, by assuming 100 years of life expectancy by 2080. From now on, I will focus on exploitation, execution, and production.
Q2 2017 passed by quickly with a couple of major events at work and family, which I will share when things get settled down.
In spite of a challenging schedule, a new goal tracking app, Strides, helped me track the progress of goals easily and keep on track of completing those. Even I added a few new goals for the rest of the year.
Running 200 miles (50%) – I ran 42 miles in Q2, and 100 miles so far.
Reading 24 books (63%) – I read 6 books in Q2, and 15 books so far.
Yesterday, I subscribed to a goal tracking app, Strides at $39.99 per year. Among hundreds of apps that I use, this is the third most expensive app after Yousician ($119 per year) and Dropbox ($99 per year). So, by my standard, it must be very useful.
Strides helps you set and track goals by either the occurrences (e.g. for smoking, smoked or not), target numbers (e.g. for reading, 1 book per month or total of 12 books in 2017), or milestones (e.g. for a website, research, design, development, and launch) over various time intervals.
The first screen is the dashboard that lists all the goals currently being tracked. Once a goal is selected, it shows the trend and progress of the goal based on the tracking method.
I like how simple and straightforward it is. Once downloaded, I was able to use it right away after spending just a couple of minutes.
Strides is available for free up to 10 goals with few limitations on tagging and filtering. Therefore, you can try it out before purchase.
If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.
Hope it helps you make improvements on your goals. Good luck! 😎