“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
This summer is one of the last times that most of my friends will ever have free time. They’re graduating school and moving into the business world. The approaching summer also marks the last time that I’ll be in America for a while. Now that I’ve become moderately successful with oDesk I’ll be moving abroad when fall begins.
To commemorate my stay in America I’ve decided to whip up a list of summer goals. All of these are things that I want to knock off before I head out. Next to each one I’ve included a score, ranging from one to 10, based on how difficult I think the goal is:
- Read both Nicomachean Ethics and Faust (6.5/10).
- Write two more books (4/10).
- Finish making my new affiliate website (3/10).
- Swoop at girl at the W Minneapolis (5/10).
- Get shredded for summer (4/10).
- Juice every day (2/10).
- Improve my Spanish skills (7/10).
- Go to a Shakespearean play that isn’t put on by amateurs (2/10).
- Learn more about different writing styles (5/10).
- Get started on my oDesk consulting business (3/10).
- Go windsurfing at least twice (2/10).
- Do 100 consecutive push-ups (8/10).
- Get something published in a magazine or newspaper (8/10).
- Publish a piece in Thought Catalog (8/10).
- Write a philosophical essay (9/10).
- Learn to cook Russian food (3/10).
- Create one mildly viral article (9/10).
- Get back into painting (5/10).
- Work on creating another source of revenue (6/10).
- Read one book a week (3/10).
I’d highly encourage anyone who wants to follow along. Even if you only do about half these things you’ll skill learn a lot and have some fun. Any additional suggestions are welcome in the comment section.