When I first thought of this post, it was a joke. Literally. I was inspired by a Facebook post titled “30 conclusions & tips for a 30th birthday”. The general vibe of the post ranged from dramatic, yet inspiring, to cute and entertaining. I enjoyed reading the post and the tips the author shared, so I thought to myself that it’s a nice idea to do something similar in honor of my upcoming twenty-fourth birthday. Only the version I thought of was supposed to be filled with jokes and amusing anecdotes – a form of a parody one might say.
This post is heavily influenced by James Clear’s original article. If you like it, be sure to show him some love too. Happy reading!
Then my twenty-fifth birthday came and went and I still haven’t posted the funny post. Not only have I not written the post, suddenly the post seemed meaningless to me. Is this what I want to do at 25? Just something funny? – Don’t get me wrong, I like making people laugh, but I’m sure something more significant can be done in honor of an age that sums up a quarter of a century.
So I decided to do something different. I’ll write down 25 goals I intend to achieve this year and use this post as a reference. I started searching the web to get inspired and came up with a really interesting Warren Buffett method called “The 25/5 Technique“. The same technique he created to achieve personal goals. The method works something like this:
1. Create a list of everything you want to accomplish
At this point, you need to create a list of 25 goals/tasks that you want to achieve this year – without fear and without filtering. Write it all down. Here are some things I wrote down for myself:
- Give a lecture
- Learn to play the ukulele
- Write a book
- Go skydiving
- Gain Weight
- Read more books
And so on. As I wrote more and more things I wanted to do, new things emerged that I had not thought of before. All sorts of ideas I’ve heard from friends over the years and thought to myself “Ah, cool!” But I never put too much thought into them. It’s important not to “edit” anything at this point in the list. Just write down whatever comes to mind.
Before I started my life, I wrote down some guidelines. I didn’t want to write something boring like “buy an electric scooter”. When you think about it, buying something is not such an amazing goal (or at all); with a little financial planning, it can be achieved without a lot of problems. So to make sure I write interesting and worth-while goals that will advance me later, I set up these three rules:
- It must be an action or an achievement
- It must be something measurable (for example: instead of writing “read more books”, write “read 10 books”)
- I can’t list anything that can be obtained by purchasing it
Of course, in your list, you can think of rules that are more suitable for you, but these are great guidelines. still here? Go write some goals!
2. Choose the 5 most important goals
Now that we have all our goals written down, we need to go through the list and choose the 5 most important goals. Not the easiest to do – the most important ones.
Before you continue to the next step, you should make sure to finish steps 1 & 2 if you haven’t already.
3. 20 More to go…
So what do we do now that we have the 5 most important goals? Completely ignore the other 20 goals. Yup, I’m serious. There is nothing more distracting than thinking about other goals that are not the most important. In order not to get lost among all the things I wrote down, I rewrote all my goals, in order of priority. Only when I finish the top 5 tasks will I move on to the next 5 tasks.
Want to read more about Buffett’s technique? Feel free to read this post by James Clear on the subject.
Looking for some inspiration?
My 25 goals
COVID19 kind of scrambled my plans (like the rest of the world). That’s I re-organized this list to focus on things I can actually achieve right now, without any countrywide or worldwide limitations.
- Make this blog profitable
- Earn money from making people laugh
- Publish a book
- Add 10 KG
- Create a community – at least 50 people
- Read 3 books – with a plot, not self-improvement
- Create 3 animations (2/3)
Give a lecture Publish a digital product Learn to play 3 songs on a ukulele Travel to the United States Return the loan I took for my business Write a script
- Go wall climbing – Reach level 6A
- Learn how to salsa
- Go to a music festival
- Get a scuba license – 1st star
Get on a stage
- Jump out of an airplane
- Travel to Berlin
Volunteer – at least 30 hours
- Go to (and participate in) a TED event
- Start the Israel road
- Go to Ashram in the desert
Relocate to Argentina– Cancelled
That’s it. These are the 25 goals I’m going to keep an eye on for now. Of course, I’ll only focus on the top five goals of the list. Only when I complete them (or some of them) will I move on to the next goal on the list. Now it’s your turn to make a list and start achieving your goals! Do you have a cool goal? Do we have a common one? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!