Archive: 2022 Goals

Below is an archived page for my 2022 goals, with notations and links where appropriate. For my current goals (and a link to other archived goals) visit my primary goals page.

Overarching goals: Seek answers, solutions, or improvement for Life, the Universe, and Everything

Life: This incorporates all things health and fitness including my overall diet, fitness goals, and the management of my chronic health conditions. It’s about keeping physically healthy so that I can keep living this thing called life.

The Universe: This is about the “greater good” and community, including service to others through volunteering my time, giving monetary gifts to charities and causes in need, or sharing my talents and skills to help others.

Everything: This is about balancing the rest of life. The balance between my working and personal loves; between prioritising my needs and giving to the needs of others; between being active and finding time to sit and reflect.

Read more about these primary goals here.

Read a narrative update on my successes here.

Measurable goals

In addition to my overarching goals, I have a set of measurable goals and objectives that I will work on throughout the year. I believe that these goals will help me to succeed in seeking answers, solutions, or improvement for Life, the Universe, and Everything. (Yes, it’s all connected!)

Health and Fitness

  • Run 750 miles [Success]
  • Sub-28 5K [Failure]
  • Sub-60 10K [Success]
  • Sub-8 mile [Failure]
  • Sub-2.30.00 half-marathon [Failure]
  • Sub-5.00.00 marathon [Failure]
  • 4,500,000+ steps [Success]
  • Regular yoga practice (work towards 60 minutes per week) [Failure]
  • 365 miles of walking [Success]

Travel and Adventure

  • 16-hill walk in the Pentland Hills [Failure]
  • Walk the full length of the Water of Leith Walkway [Failure]
  • Summit Ben Nevis [Failure]

Professional Life

  • 3+ academic publications [Success]
  • Submit a large grant application [Failure]
  • Develop 3-5 long-term goals (update from existing goals) [Failure]
  • Re-organise and archive all pre-lectureship academic files [Failure]
  • Refresh all top-level pages on PhD website [Failure]

Personal Improvement and Skill Building

  • Get a UK driver’s licence [Failure]
  • Make a memory quilt from Paul’s old running t-shirts [Failure]
  • Read 12+ books for leisure [Failure]
  • Enjoy 12+ tech/digital-free days [Success]
  • Develop 3-5 long-term goals (update from existing goals) [Failure]


  • Find 42 geocaches [Success: Geocaching goal in half the time]
  • Complete family cookbooks in Mum’s memory [Failure]
  • Cook at least 1 recipe from family cookbooks each month [Failure]