Every quarter I go back end review how my last 3 months have been, and then also try to look ahead towards the next 3 months. These are always based on my goals for the years and then broken into quarters. As described in my “2019 post“, my overall theme for 2019 was going to be lots of work, significant experiences, get ripped and broaden my network.

Generally speaking, the last 3 months has been awesome. I can’t say that I’ve been doing a good job following my goals, but I’ve enjoyed the last 3 months tremendously.

January, February and March

In terms of the fun stuff, I really have a lot to mention. I’ve had so much fun the last couple of months…

I made the goal to be “more cultural”, and have both been to the theatre twice, an art gallery (Lousiana), been to a TedX event.

I’ve been to Lisbon and Saint Petersburg.

To top it off, I’ve seen so many friends last 3 months. I haven’t counted, but it has been 10+ at least, and it has been really great.

But, fun aside, work has been my priority. I’ve had 70+ hour work weeks most weeks, and it has been insane. Without going into much detail, especially January and February was absolutely brutal to me. The company is doing very well, but it’s definitely coming at a personal cost.

What I’ve noticed is that when I get above 55-60 hours, my private life starts to get problems. I start to do less exercise, I eat unhealthy, I get more tired, I don’t find the time to do awesome things, sex gets worse, I forget to meditate and I sleep worse.

Now, I really don’t believe in the whole “it doesn’t have to be crazy at work” or the “never work more than 40 hours a week“. If you work with the ambitious we do, it’s simply not possible. But, I do find a stark difference between for example 40 vs 55 vs 70 hours. It’s very clear to me that if I need to accomplish all my goals from 2019, I can’t do it on a 70-hour work week schedule.

The two goals that I’ve absolutely failed are the health goals (both loosing weight and eating healthy) and the goals around meeting new people. I’ve done exercise 4-5 times per week, and I’ve done a weekly half-marathon every Sunday for 1.5 months now, but that is where the positive things end. I’ve lived very unhealthy & not been social and met new people.

April, May and June – goals

To determine my goals for next 3 months, I’m looking at my overall goals for 2019.

Experiences. It’s fair to say the “experiences” goal is impossible to miss. The first 3 months has simply been so much enjoying, that I’ve done much more than expected here. To add it up, I have the following travels booked for next 3 months:

  • Berlin in end of March
  • Kiev & Lisbon/Algarve coast in April
  • London in May
  • Lviv (Ukraine) sometime in June
  • Brazil in June (summer vacation with both Brazil, Argentine and Uruguay)

Put briefly, experiences should really not be my goal next 3 months.

Work. We’ve now entered a new phase at Likvido. We have a real team, we have good people at core positions and we have a real product people want.

As the technical co-founder, I can now focus on building product. First 3 months of 2019 I’ve been VERY heavily involved in support & operations, meaning I’ve barely focused on the product, resulting in these crazy 70+ hour workweeks.

Next 3 months will be different. I am going to force myself to a new working schedule. I will try to limit myself to 55 hour workweeks in order to focus on other goals as well.

Health. I’ve booked a marathon in September in Krakow, Poland. I have 2 more half-marathons in my calendar. I am going to continue with exercise 5 times a week, which is going to be the easy part.

The hard part, is finally loosing lots of kilos. This has been a continious goal (and problem) for the better part of 6 months, and it’s getting to a desperate stage. My most important (non-work) goal the next 3 months will be getting below 80 kg (~86kg now), cut sodas and medidate 3 times every week.

Relationships. I am not going to add any goals to this right now. I want to keep the next 3 months simple – and rather add that later.

Formulation of goals

Business & Economy & Work:

  • Keep kicking-ass at work, but stay below 55-hour workweeks on average
  • Setup at least 3 “business-events” where I invite people I know (ie. arrange a dinner, goto a restaurant or similar) (doing a horrible job)
  • See at least 8 connections 1:1 for an evening (a bit behind, but should be able to reach it)
  • Find a way to get to know at least 10 new connections (doing a horrible job)

Health & mind & body:

  • Get below 80kg
  • Get down to 1 coke bottle pr day on average throughout whole period
  • Keep doing sports at least 5 times a month
  • Run 8 half-marathons in the whole period
  • Meditate at least 3 times a week 
  • 7+ Hour sleep-average