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My Goals for 2023

As 2022 comes to an end, it is time to reflect on the old and plan to focus on the new. We are past the year of adjusting to a new world, and now it is time to excel. Last year for me has been stagnant in terms of learning. I got married, moved back to a new city, shifted houses twice and get into a Fortune 200 Retail company as a Senior Data Scientist. I was also able to give multiple webinars, write many articles on Data Science and help many people understand more about the world of Data Science. I want this to be a dynamic blog, I am going to keep iterating on it.

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Now, that sounds positive. Why am I going on a negative tangent? Because these are things I knew I already wanted to do and was able to execute successfully on them. Growth for me is learning. I was not able to improve myself or learn as many new things as I would have liked. I was an excellent executor and behaved more like an expert, rather than what I would truly want to be - A student and a learner. So, I thought it was time to break out of the cycle and plan out who Anish Mahapatra want to be in this New Year, 2023.

These are my personal goals and you are reading my personal blog. In no way is it indicative of the company I work for or any client I might have had in the past. So, how do people set Goals? I have not really set any goals before, except for that of writing. I figured I would put down what I wanted to do this year, and also a detailed plan on how I plan to achieve it. It is not a strict plan, but merely a guide as to how I would like to see myself grow this year as a 26-year-old.

Let's go!

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A meditative experience like none other, the plan for 2023 is to get fit again. Having gained 18kgs in one year after my wedding, my fitness level is affecting my confidence and mental state.

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The Plan

  • Work out 5 times a week

  • This can be a combination of cardio + weights (Team Body Project)

  • Learn how to do weightlifting with the help of a trainer

  • Become strong and agile

  • Cycling two times a week


  • A few cycling trips this year would be fantastic.

  • I would like to run a 5k or a 10k marathon this year

Time to Myself.

I was busy being busy. Parkinson's law states that

Work expands so as to fill the time available for it's completion.

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Life will go on, and there will always be work to be done. Personal Work, Office Work, Family commitments and the world in general. However, it is important to take a breather once in a while. No, it is important to take time for yourself regularly. This frees up the mind to think, evolve and be better.

The Plan

  • Meditate for at least 15 minutes a day 3-4 times a week

  • Journal twice a week to understand my flow of thoughts and emotions

  • Write about my learnings more often


It would be great if I am able to journal more regularly. I see my ambitions gradually getting bigger, but the work is lacking to actually achieve it. Holding myself to abnormal standards is how I have gotten where I am. It is critical I let my thoughts flow combined with learning from various books & podcasts.

Read Books

It is really important for me this year to read at least 20 books. I used to be an ardent reader, and it helped shape the person I have become today. I need to get back into the habit of reading - be it fiction or non-fiction. I will list down a few books that I would like to read this year. It is not compulsory, but simply a guide to what I can do. Along with the book reading there has to be a short brief on my website, where I write down what I learned from the book.

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The Plan

  • January

  • Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win (Audio Book)

  • How Google Works by Eric Schmidt (Kindle) Video Link

  • February

  • 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene (Audible Membership)

  • Coffee Can investing by Saurabh Mukherjee

  • March

  • How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes (Kindle)

  • Four Thousand Weeks: The smash-hit Sunday Times bestseller that will change your life by Oliver Bukeman (Audible Membership)

  • April

  • The Four by Scott Galloway (Kindle)

  • Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason by Alfie Kohn (Audible Membership)

  • May

  • The 5 AM Club (Kindle)

  • Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss (Audible Membership)

  • June

  • How I braved Anu Aunty and co-founded a million-dollar company by Varun Agarwal (Kindle)

  • Die with Zero by Bill Perkins

  • July

  • Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright (Kindle)

  • Happy Sexy Millionaire: Unexpected Truths About Fulfilment, Love And Success by Steven Bartlett

  • August

  • The Power of Habit (Kindle)

  • It Doesn't have to be crazy at work by David Fried

  • September

  • Deep Work by Cal Newport (Kindle)

  • Can't hurt me by David Goggins (Audible Membership)

  • October

  • Build Don't Talk by Raj Shamani (Kindle)

  • Educated by Tara Westover (Audible Membership)

  • November

  • Practical MLOps by Noah Gift and Alfredo (Kindle)

  • The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco (Audible Membership)

  • December

  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (Physical Book)

  • One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson


I plan to read 20 books this year. It would be great if I am able to finish 25 books this year.

Food & Health

The last time I lost 15kgs two years ago, there was an immense focus on food intake. I plan to bring that back this year, as health and fitness are my primary aim this year. Nothing else matters.

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The Plan

  • Take healthy food to the office

  • Order out twice a week (achieved by setting a monthly budget in a wallet that is only used for food)


Lose 2 kgs a month owing to an active lifestyle and better weight goals

Be Idle

Not sure about this one, it's a little stupid. The thing is, I work like a madman. There is no other way to put it. I want to take 10 minutes a day where I do nothing and have a blank mind. I work so much that I indulge in bad habits to ease my mind

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Writing has been the purpose of my life. I am bored of writing for others now, I would like to learn how to script better and use that to help people on a larger scale. More than anything else, I would like to document my experiences.

YouTube - The Plan

Start a YouTube Channel and churn out 2 videos a week.

Newsletter - Bonus

I want to start a newsletter this year by June to put out my thoughts every 2 weeks

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This is my plan for the New year, let's see how it goes.

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