2016: Q3 Review & Retrospective

Third time using Google’s (OKR) framework for my personal goals setting, and it’s been another challenging and rewarding 3 months. Here’s how it went!

Q3 Review

Overall Score: 0.59

  • 0.37: Be Healthy {Body & Mind}
  • 0.74: Be Happy {Fun & Tribe}
  • 0.65: Be Wealthy {Craft & Career} 

Here’s a breakdown of each of OKR: 

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Q3 Retrospective

Based on the results, here are a couple of the things I think I did well and some areas I need to improve upon for next quarter. ( *using the Scrum Retrospective Approach)

Did Well

  1. Lots of Time w/ Family & Friends

    Much of my sense of well-being comes from surrounding myself and spending time with people I appreciate and care about. The time was well distributed between dinners with my family, hanging out with friends and spending time with Victoria.

  2. Ship it. (Specifically, the writing) 

    I find that writing not only helps me clear my head, but also gives me an opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences with others. Even though they weren’t excellent or perfect, I pushed myself to continue writing and shipping my thoughts. Practice makes perfect; not the other way around.

Do Better

  1. Didn’t take care of myself much. 

    Evident in the results, I failed at my goal of daily rituals to take care of myself. I need to identify ‘daily’ steps that’ll help me better manage stress and ensure I’m always at my best.

  2. Overwhelmed by Technical Challenge. 

    I failed to start or even make any progress on the ‘build a rails app’ goal. I was simply overwhelmed about where to start and what to do. Given how important it is to  ‘sharpen the saw’, this should be a priority for next quarter.

Q3 Highlights

1. Hosting Vickie’s Family in Panama!

Victoria’s parents and uncles came to visit Panama. We had a great time exploring the sights, the countryside and simply enjoying our time together. We were even able to spend a day on a Catamaran in the beautiful San Blas Islands! 

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The Young & Alvarado Family. Photo Credit: Luis Picard-Ami

2. Blog: Traction & Proof of Value

For the first time, I started seeing some ‘organic’ traction on the blog. One of my posts was even shared on LinkedIn and Twitter and I started receiving repeat visitors from abroad. It made me feel really proud to see others getting value from my experiences.

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2x Growth in July, August and September Visitors

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Retweets and shares of my post on Customer Support Success

Closing Thoughts..

If you haven’t done it yet, I definitely recommend trying out Google’s Goal Setting Framework to help you advance your professional and personal life. 

I’ve found that pushing myself to accomplish specific, tangible goals has empowered me to better identify the things that I care about, that matter to me, and that contribute the most to my personal growth. It’s really been about finding focus through discipline and challenge.

That’s it for now. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments!

Cheers till next time!

3 thoughts on “2016: Q3 Review & Retrospective

  1. Great to see the blog is growing. I need to get more clarity in my goals in order to produce more. Also need to get the ship it attitude. What has made you keep you producing constantly, what’s the main driver of your ship it mindset?

    I would recommend doing something very small every morning such as 2 mins of guided meditation and 5-10 pushups just to start building the routine, after two weeks you will probably have the need to increase the load.

    Keep it up, hope you have a great Q4.

  2. Great to see the blog is growing. I need to get more clarity in my goals in order to produce more. Also need to get the ship it attitude. What has made you keep you producing constantly, what’s the main driver of your ship it mindset?

    I would recommend doing something very small every morning such as 2 mins of guided meditation and 5-10 pushups just to start building the routine, after two weeks you will probably have the need to increase the load.

    Keep it up, hope you have a great Q4.

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