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And My targets for 2021 are…

neil u malgaonkar
4 min readJan 2, 2021


A lot of you might find this very odd but, the year 2020 was good for me. When many people worldwide found it difficult to make ends meet, I continued with my job and got a comparably good appraisal. While people were evicted from their homes as they can’t afford to pay their house rent, I was safe at my parents' house. While my colleague lost loved ones to the COVID, my family and I were safe. So, 2020 was a good year for me.

Yes, I did not get to travel to any new destination.
Yes, I was not able to visit my favorite restaurants and have a few drinks.
Yes, I was not able to spend time with the people whose company I enjoy.
But still, 2020 was a pretty good year for me.

But there is one aspect of my life that was pretty awful in 2020, i.e., Discipline and Consistency. For the past few years, I have been trying to bring some discipline into my life and maintain it consistently. There was some progress in both departments in the early stages, like successfully getting off Facebook and reading for 30 minutes daily. But there was no progress after that. I am still off Facebook but haven’t read a single book page in the last 9 months. Before, I always blame it on the traveling to the job as it eats up more than 1–2 hours daily when things are going well. I always told my self thatIf only my company allow me to work from home then I can give more time to it and improve on it.

Finally, my Work from home wish came true on 17th March 2020, when India's government declared a strict lockdown to curb the spread of Corona in India. My company allowed all of their employees to work from home until further notice. The first few days were chaotic as everyone was trying to get comfortable with the WFH setup, but everything was settled by the end of March. And from April 1st of 2020 till 2nd January of 2021, I haven’t spent a single minute disciplining myself or finding a way to be more consistent with my commitments.

One thing that 2020 made it clear for me is that I have no motivation to get discipline and remain consistent. I never set any targets that I need to achieve every year, and without any targets, it isn't easy to stay motivated. So, for the year 2021, I have decided to set some targets that I want to achieve by the end of 2021. Some of them are personal, and some are professional. This article will be a reminder of all the targets I have set for 2021.

Walk 300 miles in a year.
My company has started an initiative of a virtual walk from HQ in Stockholm, Sweden, to Mumbai, India. Right now, they are almost 5000+ Km away from their destination. I have decided to participate in the virtual walk and contribute 300 miles in a year.

Loosing 5kg in a year
I have a back issue for the past 7 years. It is not severe yet, but I had few relapses, and I am worried that it might cause the slip disc in the future as I get older. This is quite a difficult task for me as I enjoy trying out different food and drinks. But I have to do it. My weight is 90kg, and my target is to reach 85kg by the end of 2021.

Writing one medium article per month.
I always struggled to write down my thoughts on paper. So, writing 12 articles in a year is going to be my biggest challenge. To make things a little easy for me, I have decided to start with the articles regarding web development and development frameworks. But I want at least 25% of the articles to be about me and not any technology. Let's see how it goes.

Read 4 books in a year.
There was a time when I was in school; I used to read a book every month. But over the last few years, I haven’t read any books, and I want to change that. I will choose 4 books for the year and update the article later on.

Reduce my time on social media
I have already stopped using Facebook, but sometimes I still find myself scrolling through Instagram's infinite scroll. I want it to reduce it to the time where it does not affect my daily routine.

Exercise for at least 3 days a week
Yes, 3 days are very less for the exercise, but I don’t want to push myself very hard right now.



neil u malgaonkar

developer by accident , web programmer by choice , loves reading , eating and talking , currently works with @Bombayworks