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Review of my 2018 Goals

I set myself 18 goals last year and completed 10 of them:

  • Improve my swim skills
    While I hit my other swimming-related goals (see below), I failed this one. Thinking about getting a coach this year.
  • Go for a swim at least once per week
    I made it to 119 straight weeks last Monday and hope I can keep the streak alive for another whole year.
  • Swim more than in 2017 (101km)
    Total distance 2018: 128.5km – a 27% YoY increase
  • Meditate at least 5 times per week
    I meditated 99 times last year (~20h), but wasn’t able to make it a habit. This has been the fourth year in a row of me failing at reaching my meditation goals.
  • Finish and launch prototype of monote
    I launched monote in March last year. I stopped working on it full-time shortly after I launched, but it remains a side project with a couple hundred MAUs.
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  • Read at least 15 books
    I ended up reading 18 books (11 non-fiction, 7 fiction). My favorites were The Elephant in the Brain, Finite and Infinite Games and Bad Blood
  • Read/watch more Manga/Anime
    (Need to figure out what books/movies/series are the best to get started)
  • Write 12 long-form blog posts
    While I did post more than 12 long-form articles, the majority were my monthly media consumption updates. I don’t really count those as writing which was the actual goal.
  • Update design of this blog
  • Move to Berlin
  • Do a total of 10950 push-ups
    Did these almost daily until around July, then stopped completely (not sure why).
  • Watch 50 movies from the IMDB Top-250 list
    Realised that a lot of the movies I hadn’t seen yet are actually really boring …
  • Eat less sugar
    (Need a way to better quantify sugar consumption)
  • Limit meat consumption to 24 meals
  • Write more lists
  • Visit a country I’ve never been to before
    Traveled to Poland (Warsaw) in May last year.

My list for 2019 contains 15 goals. I will review those in a year from now.

Jan 02, 2019  ×  Berlin, DE

List of Things I Want to Do in 2019

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  • Go for a swim at least once a week
    Current streak: 119 weeks
  • Swim more than in 2018
    2018 distance: 128.5km
  • Back exercise daily
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  • Spend less time on social media
    Added App Timers for Twitter and Instagram, removed Facebook
  • Read 20 books
  • Get a Switch and play Breath of the Wild
  • Write 50 blog posts
  • Write 365 tweets
  • Limit meat consumption to 24 meals
  • Limit alcohol consumption to 2 days / week
  • Improve my cooking skills
    Try 20 new dishes
  • Explore more new places
    Measured in Swarm check-ins, +25% at new places
  • Visit a country I haven’t been to before

Jan 01, 2019  ×  Berlin, DE

Media Consumption (Nov 2018)

>_ Summary

Read 5 books (315 min, -36%) and 29 long-form articles (+21%).
Listened to 495 songs (-37%), 1 audiobook (80 min, -62%) and 12 podcast episodes (643 min, +13%).
Watched 2 movies (+100%), 7 soccer matches (same) and 2 TV episodes (-69%).

>_ Books

The Man in the High Castle (Philip K. Dick)
░░░░░░░░░░▓░░░░ Progress: 70-75%

1Q84: Book 3 (Haruki Murakami)
░░░░░░░░░░░░░▓▓ Progress: 90-100%

number9dream (David Mitchell)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-5%

The Black Swan (Nassim Nicholas Taleb)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-5%

The Sovereign Individual (James Dale Davidson)
░▓░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 10-12%

Der Nasse Fisch (Volker Kutscher)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-2%

>_ Recommended Articles

The red flags and magic numbers that investors look for in your startup’s metrics (Andrew Chen)

Apple’s New Map (Justin O’Beirne)

How Superhuman Built an Engine to Find Product/Market Fit (Rahul Vohra)

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (Marginal Revolution)

Open Questions (Gwern)

>_ Recommended Podcasts

Elon Musk: The Recode interview (Recode Decode)

Eric Schmidt on the Life-Changing Magic of Systematizing, Scaling, and Saying “Thanks” (Conversations with Tyler)

In 20 Years, China Will Be on Mars — and the U.S. Will Be an Island (2038)

>_ Music

Top Artists: Max Richter, Gorillaz, Radiohead, Hans Zimmer, Rin’

Dec 02, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

Media Consumption (Oct 2018)

>_ Summary

Read 3 books (490 min, +34%) and 24 long-form articles (+33%).
Listened to 780 songs (-6%), 1 audiobook (210 min, -68%) and 9 podcast episodes (571 min, +112%).
Watched 1 movie (same), 7 soccer matches (same) and 13 TV episodes (+63%).

>_ Books

The Man in the High Castle (Philip K. Dick)
░░░░▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░ Progress: 26-70%

1Q84: Book 3 (Haruki Murakami)
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░ Progress: 0-90%

High Growth Handbook (Elad Gil)
░░░░░░░▓░░░░░░░ Progress: 47-50%

The Sovereign Individual (James Dale Davidson)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-10%

>_ Recommended Articles

Tokens are not Equity (Tony Sheng)

I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant On TripAdvisor (Vice)

The Security Token Thesis (Hackernoon)

The Rise and Fall and Return of the Fraktur Font (The New Yorker)

>_ Recommended Podcasts

Keith Rabois on Career Strategy, Identifying Talent and Evaluating Markets (Village Venture Stories)

Tyler Cowen on Maximizing Growth and Thinking for the Future (Sean Carroll)

Tyler Cowen’s Stubborn Attachments To Freedom and Prosperity (Reason Podcast)

>_ Music

Top Artists: Travi$ Scott, Bob Moses, The Decemberists, Thom Yorke, Max Richter

Nov 17, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

Media Consumption (September 2018)

>_ Summary

Read 1 book (365 min, +28%) and 18 long-form articles (-25%).
Listened to 829 songs (-36%), 2 audiobooks (650 min, -15%) and 7 podcast episodes (269 min, -44%).
Watched 1 movie (-67%), 7 soccer matches (+133%) and 8 TV episodes (+400%).

>_ Books

21 Lessons for the 21st Century (Yuval Harari)
░░░▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 20-100%

Rainbirds (Clarissa Goenawan)
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 0-100%

The Man in the High Castle (Philip K. Dick)
▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-26%

>_ Recommended Articles

Apollo (New Yorker)

Paul Singer, Doomsday Investor (New Yorker)

Money Crypto vs. Tech Crypto (Atrium)

>_ Recommended Podcasts

Slack Chief Product Officer April Underwood (Recode Decode)

Bruno Maçães on the Spirit of Adventure (Conversations with Tyler)

>_ Movies

Movies crossed off the IMDB Top 250 list: 0

Suburbicon (Rating: 2/5)

>_ Music

Top Artists: Max Richter, Bob Moses, Death Cab for Cutie, Travi$ Scott, Hans Zimmer

Oct 03, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

Media Consumption (August 2018)

>_ Summary

Read 2 books (285 min, -52%) and 24 long-form articles (-37%).
Listened to 1301 songs (+98%), 2 audiobooks (769 min, +1%) and 10 podcast episodes (482 min, +132%).
Watched 3 movies (+200%), 3 soccer matches (-70%) and 2 TV episodes (same).

>_ Books

High Growth Handbook (Elad Gil)
░░░▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░ Progress: 20-47%

21 Lessons for the 21st Century (Yuval Harari)
▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-20%

Conspiracy (Ryan Holiday)
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 0-100%

Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse)
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 0-100%

>_ Recommended Articles

Is Facebook causing anti-refugee attacks in Germany? (Marginal Revolution)

Why “hearables” are finally tech’s next big thing (Fast Company)

The Power User Curve (Andrew Chen)

>_ Recommended Podcasts

Thinking About Thinking (The Knowledge Project)

>_ Movies

Movies crossed off the IMDB Top 250 list: 0

The Martian (Rating: 3/5)

Isle of Dogs (Rating: 5/5)

Toni Erdmann (Rating: 4/5)

>_ Music

Top Artists: Max Richter, Death Cab for Cutie, Zoot Woman, Deichkind, Element of Crime

Sep 01, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

Media Consumption (July 2018)

>_ Summary

Read 2 books (590 min, -40%) and 38 long-form articles (+3%).
Listened to 657 songs (-1%), 2 audiobooks (760 min, +355%) and 8 podcast episodes (208 min, -61%).
Watched 1 movie (same), 10 soccer matches (-33%) and 2 TV episodes (-67%).

>_ Books

1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)
░░░░░░░░▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 51-100%

Debt (David Graeber)
░▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 8-12%

Bad Blood (John Carreyrou)
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 0-100%

High Growth Handbook (Elad Gil)
▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-20%

>_ Recommended Articles

Why were early psychedelicists so weird? (Slate Star Codex)

What Happens When a Computer Runs Your Life (Future Human)

How Technology Grows (Dan Wang)

While We Sleep, Our Mind Goes on an Amazing Journey (National Geographic)

On Radical Markets (Vitalik Buterin)

The Twitch Streamers Who Spend Years Broadcasting To No One (The Verge)

How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions (The Daily Beast)

>_ Recommended Podcasts

Vitalik Buterin on Cryptoeconomics and Markets in Everything (Conversations with Tyler)

>_ Movies

Movies crossed off the IMDB Top 250 list: 0

Der Knochenmann (Rating: 4/5)

>_ Music

Top Artists: Nine Inch Nails, Max Richter, Paul Kalkbrenner, Rin, Kings of Convenience

Aug 11, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

Media Consumption (June 2018)

>_ Summary

Read 3 books (990 min, +113%) and 37 long-form articles (+247%).
Listened to 661 songs (+21%), 2 audiobooks (167 min, +∞) and 8 podcast episodes (540 min, -8%).
Watched 1 movie (-50%), 15 soccer matches (+750%) and 6 TV episodes (-25%).

>_ Books

The Elephant in the Brain (Kevin Simler,‎ Robin Hanson)
░░░░░░░░░░▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 65-100%

Finite and Infinite Games (James Carse)
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 0-100%

In Praise of Shadows (Junichiro Tanizaki)
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 0-100%

1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-51%

Debt (David Graeber)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-8%

>_ Recommended Articles

Computing in Concert (MG Siegler)

Alexa, Please Send This To My Screen (Jan König)

Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality? (New Yorker)

Why We Need Web Brutalism (Imaginary Cloud)

Koks, the World’s Most Remote Foodie Destination (New Yorker)

How To Read (Robert Heaton)

>_ Recommended Podcasts

Identity & Honesty (Waking Up with Sam Harris)

>_ Movies

Movies crossed off the IMDB Top 250 list: 0

Beirut (Rating: 3/5)

>_ Music

Top Artists: Max Richter, Nine Inch Nails, Paul Kalkbrenner, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Kanye West

Jul 04, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

Jun 15, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

Media Consumption (May 2018)

>_ Summary

Read 2 books (465 min, +258%) and 15 long-form articles (-29%).
Listened to 545 songs (+2%), 0 audiobooks (same) and 10 podcasts (590 min, +228%).
Watched 2 movies (+100%), 2 soccer matches (-60%) and 8 TV episodes (+167%).

>_ Books

The Elephant in the Brain (Kevin Simler,‎ Robin Hanson)
░░░░▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░ Progress: 23-65%

Akira, Vol. 1 (Katsuhiro Otomo)
░░░░░░░▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 50-100%

>_ Recommended Articles

Why German companies fail at digital innovation (Handelsblatt)

Invisible asymptotes (Eugene Wei)

Basic Income, Not Basic Jobs (Slate Star Codex)

>_ Recommended Podcasts

Earning Your Stripes (The Knowledge Project)

Bryan Caplan on Learning across Disciplines (Conversations with Tyler)

The Case Against Education (a16z)

Tyler Cowen on the painful end of American complacency (The Ezra Klein Show)

>_ Movies

Movies crossed off the IMDB Top 250 list: 0

Frost / Nixon (Rating: 4/5)

AlphaGo Documentary (Rating: 4/5)

>_ Music

Top Artists: The XX, Kanye West, Interpol, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails

Jun 03, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE
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