2015: Goal Results


  1. Read 20 books – 12/20 = 60% I managed to read the same amount of books as I did last year which was a little disappointing. I’ll have to carry this goal over to next year. Below is a great visualisation that was provided by Goodreads:Goodreads   Ben’s Year in Books
  2. Watch 52 movies – 45/52 = 86% Overall I was happy with my movie watching efforts this year. Making this list definitely pushed me to see more movies. This was 50% more movies than last year.
  3. Finish 4 TV seasons that I have started – 5/4 = 100% I managed to finish the following seasons: Weeds, The Shield, The Newsroom, Parenthood and Parks and Recreation
  4. Eat 12 foods I’ve never had before – 2/12 = 16% I can only remember trying 2 new foods this year: Lagan Nu Custard and Orka.

Total Consumption Score: 3/4 


  1. Brew 12 beers – 5/12 = 42% I managed to brew 5 beers this year: IPA, Wee Heavy, Weissbier, West Coast IPA and a Munich Dunkel. The Munich Dunkel was definitely the best of the lot. I need to put more effort into brewing next year.
  2. Build 1 new website – 1/1 = 100% I’m working on a new start-up called Gamface, details to follow. There are the very beginnings of a website here: http://thegameface.com.au/
  3. Make cheese – 0/1 = 0% 
  4. Make a meal of only things I have grown – 0/1 = 0%
  5. Do something to honour Jarrod’s memory 100% I participated in http://www.mardigras.org.au/fairday/ last year to honour Jarrod and the rights he was so passionate about. This is not 100% what I imagined when I came up with the goal, as I want more of a permanent reminder. So I’ll keep looking in 2016.

Total Creativity Score: 2/5 

Personal Growth

  1. Travel to 2 new places – 2/2 = 100% I went to San Francisco and Austin for work in July last year.
  2. Go for 52 runs this year – 52/52 = 100% So I decided pretty early on I was going to count a run as any day I went over 10,000 steps. This didn’t include soccer games as I can’t track those. Overall I was happy with this though 10,000 steps is not that high.
  3. No alcohol intake 2 days per week – 90% I’ve been pretty consistent on this goal. A couple of weeks I intentionally threw it out, but most weeks it was at least 2 days free of booze. 
  4. Make an effort to catch up with a friend each month – 3/12 = 25% Not a great result. Will carry over to next year.
  5. Attend 60% of soccer training sessions – 0%
  6. Lose 10kg – 0% Will carry over to next year.
  7. Be proud of the amount of quality time I spend with Mel and Harriette – 42/52 = 80% Balancing a full-time job, a wife and daughter is not an easy task though I feel like I did my best this year. I’ve scored this based on the number of weeks I was out 1 or fewer nights which I felt was a fair balance of things. It gave me time to blow off some steam, whilst leaving the weekends to the family. I also encouraged Mel to take one night a week for herself, which she started to do more towards the end of the year.

Total Personal Growth Score: 4/7

Professional Growth

  1. Take part in a MOOC – 0/1 = 0% I bailed on the MOOC I signed up to at the beginning of the year as there were more important things to work on.
  2. Read a “… for Dummies” style book in order to come closer to mastering a topic – 0/1 = 0% I felt this was a bit of a stretch and did not prioritise it.
  3. Make an effort to meet 3 new people each week – > 200/156 = 100% I nailed this goal. Working at a company of 2000 plus people made it pretty easy.

Total Professional Growth Score: 1/3


  1. Exceed expectations in my new role –  1/1 = 100% It’s hard to sum up this year at Atlassian, but I definitely exceeded expectations. I will go into this more in a summary post, but coming 2nd in our global Ship IT out of 414 teams and presenting to almost half the company at The Star was definitely a highlight.
  2. Get one of my sites to the top of Google for “Ben Magro” – 0/1 = 0% Deprioritised 
  3. Win a brewing award – 0/1 = 0% I didn’t get to brew nearly as much as I wanted to this year. Also, the quality of my beer has definitely slipped, so I did not enter any competitions.
  4. Do a presentation at a web event – 5/1 = 500% It wasn’t a web event, but I presented in front of large crowds at work, at least five times on technical topics. A few of these talks included Mike and Scott in the audience. 
  5. Commit to an open source project – 0/1 = 0% 

Total Stretch Score: 2/5

Overall I found the process of writing down and publically committing to goals a good one. Most of the benefit was around thinking about what I wanted to change at the beginning of the year, and thus influencing many micro decisions throughout the year.

34 was definitely too many. This year I will aim for 15 or 20. Also, I wanted to do a mid-year update but lost track of time. I think getting a quarterly update out on how I am tracking would have help keep me more accountable.

Calling 60% a pass mark my total this year was:
Total Score: 12/34

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