2012 Goals

I spent the previous weekend thinking about 2 things:



Looking back the year 2011, it became crystal clear to me what was required to be done in 2012 and unlike me – this time around I came up with Goals I would like to achieve in 2012. After some thinking, I decided not to call them as Resolutions; but look at them as Goals. My Goals will be categorized into 4 categories. I will share some specific goals with you all while some private ones I am going to keep “private” (this didnt come out that well). But, for the private ones, I will share a higher level of description so that you do understand where I am going with them.

After I was done with the definition, I realized that a lot of these linked and achieving some of those will help me in achieving others – but they are still independent in a way that there could be factors which will influence Goals and make me work hard towards achieving those


In the given nature of the world, this is one segment you can not afford to miss out on. I will not rant about why this is important, because I assume we all are aware of the importance of this segment. The goals are listed below and as you may see they have some overlap and while I may be able to achieve some of those I may completely or partially miss others


  1. Minimum savings should be x-Lacs (updated)
  2. Control Expenses in specific segments (includes only 4 of total 10 segments of my finances) – should not exceed more than an x-amount (updated)


[learn_more caption=”Measurement Criteria”] All these goals will be accessed Monthly. I thought about moving these to a quarterly frequency, but decided against it because this is way too important a category for me to miss out on for an entire quarter. The measurement of these goals will be in percentages.[/learn_more]


2011 as a touch year on my health and I can safely say that past year I was sick on most number of days I even have been in any given calendar year. I had some major issues the last year like “High Blood Pressure” and “Reactive Arthritis” amongst some other issues. It was clear – I am no longer 25 and I need to revisit my way of living. Hence, the goals are:


  1. Be healthy for least 180 days of the year – while this seems way low; I know that I am starting way down and for me to break even it will take a lot. I do not want to set a target that I miss by miles
  2. Reduce weight by 17 kilos
  3. Sleep cycle of 11pm to 7am – This one is going to be HUGE for me and if i can fix this; WOW!!!
  4. Walk/Jog frequently for a year – 300 miles in a year


[learn_more caption=”Measurement Criteria”] All these goals will be accessed Weekly.[/learn_more]

Quality of Life

Ask my wife and she would go for entire day on what is wrong with me on this and she would be right in all aspects. I really do not know how to measure this one except the fact that Preeti can tell me if I improved or not – but I am aware certain habits that lead to this issue. So in this category, I am going to define goals to fix those habits and hope that if I am able to fix them, I will be able to improve my quality if life.


  1. No more than 1300 hours of TV/PS3 in the year – If 25 hours seems more to you, I should tell you that my current average in a week is around 75 hours
  2. Get things done on time – As Preeti says is – “tumse aalsi koi nahin hai” :). I know by living in US that I can do things, but for some reason when I am at home, I just keep postponing things to infinity. This is one thing that needs to be taken care off at all cost. My target is very aggressive on this one – 250 days in a year with no pending tasks for that day
  3. Read at least 20 books
  4. At least 150 blogs – personal + technical
  5. Dine out at least once a month – well I am just too lazy to go out
  6. Do a deed to make someone happy/special at least 180 days in the year


[learn_more caption=”Measurement Criteria”] All these goals will be accessed Weekly.[/learn_more]


I initially though of knowledge, but then it seemed useless. I can acquire all the knowledge in the world but if I dont know how to apply it or provide any meaningful output for other to use then all the knowledge is useless. I have been blogging in the past, but I dont really how many people are reading about it and how they find that information useful. Also, my attempts to help people around me to make use of all the knowledge I have have been scarce in last year. Hence, the goals:


  1. Readership of my personal blog to 10K per in a year (current is at 6K)
  2. Readership of my technical blog to 25K (current of 3.5K in a quarter)
  3. 5 Appreciate comments on my personal blog
  4. 20 Appreciate comments on my technical blog
  5. 1 Person saying to me that I made a difference in their life


[learn_more caption=”Measurement Criteria”] All these goals will be accessed Monthly – most of these have tracking mechanisms and hence I do not need to remember so frequently. I would be able to run reports and get data every month.[/learn_more]

Wish me luck so that I can achieve all of these goals.


  1. 5 Appreciate comments on my personal blog

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Kapil Viren Ahuja

Christened Kapil Ahuja at birth, I took my middle name in year 2001 (dont ask why) I am Kapil Viren Ahuja who is a "Son to Narendera and Saroj", "Brother to Aparna and Manisha (Neelu)", "Husband to Preeti" and "Dad to Aabhya". Who is Kapil? Christened Kapil Ahuja at birth, I took my middle name in year 2001 (dont ask why) I am Kapil Viren Ahuja who is a ~ Son to Narendera and Saroj ~ Brother to Aparna and Manisha (Neelu) ~ Husband to Preeti ~ Dad to Aabhya My family defines most of who I am. But, I am not just that. I am also a Technical Evangelist at heart working in IT industry for last 10 years.

4 thoughts on “2012 Goals”

  1. WOW !
    Of all I know of you, I think you really should target at nailing down the first three for sure. Last one you already have tonnes, but yes, talking of viewership numbers, I wish you achieve more than that.
    Good Luck ! Keep Posting ! 🙂


  2. Just came across a quote in my Google Reader that certifies my decision to use “wisdom” instead of “knowledge”

    Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education positively fortifies it. – by Stephen Vizinczey


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