I understand that ‘self-mastery’ evokes a very perfectionist feel, but I also don’t think I’ll be content settling for less. I think it’s possible to exaggerate what needs to be done to achieve a satisfactory level of progress in all the domains of our life, but I also think it’s possible to set tenable goals that we can agree to embrace as a win when I get there. My master list includes the following: Academic Goals:*No lower than A in any course; top mark in at least 40% of my registered courses*A thorough understanding of course material*An ability to make captivating presentations Fitness Goals:*Reduce body fat percentage from 17% to 7% over the next 1.5 years*Increase lean muscle mass by 10-15% over the next 1.5 years*Increase strength (300lbs for sets deadlift; 240 on bench; 50 and 80 lbs/arm for triceps and biceps respectively)*Move cardio (jogging) from 20 minutes daily to 2 sets of 30 minutes daily (at 12-14km/hour) Performance related goals (in anti-procrastination)*Develop consistent sleeping/eating/exercising pattern to regulate bodily rhythms *Spend no longer than 45 minutes a day, in aggregate, watching videos/on Facebook/looking at pictures*Develop a list at the beginning of the day; calculate a reasonable time for each task*Accept any time as a good time to begin addressing a task; see no minutes as wasted (the twenty minutes before going to work; the 2 hours before bed, etc.)*Work at the margin Goals related to leisure:*Use leisure as a reward (hanging out with friends / walks / guitar / reading /poetry)*learn 3 new pieces on the guitar before 2012*Read the rest of Reason at Work and the Basic Writings of Existentialism before the end of summer 2011*Submit a poem for publication These will take time, but I must commit myself to them in print before I proceed further. Fate, be kind!