Q2 2017 Review

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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.

Yearly Goals

  • 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.
    • Ghost in the Wires – About the legendary hacker, Kevin Mitnick. Very entertaining. 👍
    • How Google Works – Insider stories of Google by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg. No surprises.
    • Born a Crime – Hilarious yet inspiring and heartwarming personal stories by Trevor Noah. Strongly recommended. 👍
    • The Black Swan – It emphasizes the impact of rare events, which are often ignored by traditional forecasting
    • Origins – Fourteen billion years of history of the Universe. 👍
    • How to Publish Your Book – Practical guides to publish a book. 👍
  • Winning 1 competition – In Q2, I managed to participate in only one, the Quora Question Pair competition. My team finished 36th out of 3,307 teams.
  • Reading the Bible ✅
  • Writing a book on Kaggle (new)

Weekly Goals (new)

  • Reading 1 paper (new)
  • Writing 1 blog post (new)
  • Writing 5 pages of the Kaggle book (new)

Daily Goals

  • 20 pull-ups – 65% success with the average of 18.4 / day
  • 100 push-ups – 52% success with the average of 72.6 / day
  • 2 prayers – 5% success
  • QT – 45% success
  • Writing 1 article of any kinds (new)

Goal Tracking App – Strides

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! 😎