January 01, 2021

Goals! Strate­gies! 2021!

Com­plete 40 books

How did I come up with the number 40? 40 does­n’t sound like a lot, but if you put it in a per-week basis, that’s some­where close to a book per week. Do I feel like I’m any­where close to that? I seem to have com­plet­ed some­thing like 13 books since Sep­tem­ber, so 40 is really just an extrap­o­la­tion of that run rate.

I also haven’t quite decid­ed which 40, but surely some of them will be Japan­ese. Most of them will come from my exist­ing queue, but some will also be ad-hoc choic­es. I will also con­tin­ue my effort to read more fic­tion.

Start French lessons

Hope­ful­ly I’ll reach a point this year where I feel com­fort­able step­ping off the accel­er­a­tor pedal for Japan­ese and start on French. I’ve also picked a few lan­guage learn­ing skills along the way that should get me up to speed faster.

Try Olympic weightlift­ing

I must have spent more than a few hours in 2020 bing­ing weightlift­ing videos, espe­cial­ly those about the leg­endary Chi­nese nation­al weightlift­ing team. Makes me want to step into a gym and give it a shot!!


As some­one who’s espe­cial­ly prone to hob­bies that involve spend­ing large sums of money and col­lect­ing mate­r­i­al things, I hope 2021 (and beyond) will be a year of for­bear­ance.

And above all, to stay happy and healthy, to love and be loved. 🎉