The AL(L)-IN review 2021

  • I was 6 minutes more productive when I surfed once a day compared to none. #surferentrepreneur
  • I’ve spent approximately 13130 minutes surfing. This is 219 hours, or a bit more than 9 days. #passionsurf
  • I was 19% happier when I drank more than 5 quantities of alcohol compared to none. #happyalcoholic
  • I was “55% happier” with at least 3 people I love than on my own. #happysocialboi
  • I made 453.59€ from 96 deliveries Uber Eats deliveries. #utileetagréable

Why this Year-in-Review Report?

Feeling

  • Go fast when you want something
  • Take the good opportunities that are offered to you.
  • Life is random.
  • My favorite day is Saturday with 8.99 points.
  • My least favorite day is Wednesday with 7.64 points. I like the least the middle of the week.
  • My weekdays average is 8.03. My weekends average is 8.53. This is 0.5 points of difference.
  • I prefer Mondays and Fridays to Sundays.
  • The months I like the most were August, then September and December. I can’t explain why I liked August this much. Biarritz felt overcrowded, cloudy, and with no waves. Maybe my memory is playing me a trick.
  • The month I liked the least was February. No evident reason for that.

Location

Productivity/Work

  • A small e-com to sell surf racks
  • This quantified-self work that is always evolving
  • A small website for surfers to list their incomplete fins sets

Friends & Family

  • I’ve spent only 30 days on my own which is less than 10% of the year.
  • Spending the day on my own I appreciate the day as a 5.46
  • I’ve spent 100 days with 1 quality interaction with a friend of mine or less.
  • I spent two-thirds of the year with people I love.
  • I was “55% happier” with at least 3 people I love than on my own.
  • The more I was with people I love, the happier I was.
  • The difference is not very significant between one and more than three.
  • I’ve phoned 196 friends/family this year.

Sports/Physical Activities/Health

Sport

Surf

  • 191 sessions of ski or surf
  • 174 surfing sessions
  • 139 days of surfing (I can have 2 or even 3 sessions during the same day)
  • In total, I’ve spent approximately 13130 minutes surfing. This is 219 hours, or a bit more than 9 days.
  • I tried 26 different spots. 24 of them in France and 2 in Marocco.
  • I tried 18 different boards. Of these 18, 12 were mine. (Wow, this is a lot! It is also fun to try a lot of boards while buying and reselling them for a bit of extra cash.)
  • The average session score was 5.48.
  • The spot where I surfed the most was the Grande plage in Biarritz. Then it was la côte des Basques next to my coworking and Pavillon Royal in Bidart.
  • The best surfing months were September through November.
  • Another highlight of the year was a last-minute trip with my friends to see big wave surfing in Nazaré. If you want to discover what we saw, you can watch the video my friend made.

Sleep

Alcohol Consumption

  • 202 days without alcohol 😇
  • 163 days drinking alcohol 👿
  • 817 alcohol units (25cl of beer or a glass of wine is 1 unit of alcohol) or an average of 2.24 units per day..
  • Meaning that when I drink it is usually more than 5 units of alcohol… 🥲
  • On average 4.81 units on Saturdays
  • On average 4.04 units on Fridays
  • On average 0.39 units in February
  • A big spike in May/June, probably when the bars reopened.

Eating Habits

  • 21 breakfasts.
  • 188 days during which I ate in an 8-hour window or less. This metric was at 210 last year. Let’s do better next year
  • 199 days when I ate some bread (so 🇫🇷)
  • 197 days when I ate some cheese
  • 117 days when I ate at least one chocolatine
  • 47 days when I ate some ratatouille or more than once every 8 days.

Overall Health

Meditation

Tracking my Digital Life

  • 160 minutes or 2 hours 40 minutes on my phone on average… And this is not counting the time on calls.
  • This totals to 971 hours, or more than 40 days…
  • 128 days using my phone less than 2 hours
  • 50 days using it more than 4 hours
  • The standard deviation of my phone time usage is 70 minutes. This is quite a lot

Curiosity/Learnings

  • read 10 books
  • read 389 articles
  • listened to 232 hours (nearly 10 days) of podcasts
  • wrote 6 articles

Books

  • 3 of them are from the GOAT Nassim Nicholas Taleb and especially the 2 I liked the most.
  • 4 of them are fiction. I loved the three body problem as a SF book. I’ll read the next ones soon.
  • 1 is about surfing
  • Fountainhead by Ayn rand
  • The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson
  • The Dark Forest and Death’s End by Liu Cixin
  • Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order by Ray Dalio
  • The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant

Podcasts

  • All-in podcast. First the name! Second, it is a lot of fun to listen to 4 friends discussing the world, politics, tech, science, and poker nights.
  • The farmspot (in 🇫🇷). Two friends discussing the world of startups with a lot of cryptos and NFT’s. They are full of great ideas. As they say, listening to their podcast might be the best and fastest way to dig the internet. They do it for you and then share their learnings.
  • Indie Makers (in 🇫🇷). A great podcast to discover various stories about the solopreneur way of life.
  • The Tim Ferriss Show. It is so interesting to see Tim Ferriss evolve with time. He still does some great podcasts, especially this year as he dug more into the crypto/decentralized world.
  • Lex Fridman podcast. Fascinating podcasts about a wide variety of subjects from politics to tech and love.
  • The knowledge project with Shane Parrish.

Articles/Podcasts/Videos of the year

  • Jamie O’brien for his “best day ever” everyday vibe
  • Ulysse Lubin for his great curiosity and how he shares it. He is for me the French Tim Ferriss.

Side Projects

  • I’ve sold many surf racks on an ecom and directly to consumers on the French craigslist. I’ve made 300€ on my website and 2500€ selling direct. But most importantly, I’ve learned a lot of business skills. I’ve made my Shopify website. I’ve created some FB ads. I’ve managed the social media accounts. This was all on my own. Last but not least, I’ve met a lot of very nice people who love surfing. This might be a trigger to some more surfing entrepreneurship.
  • I’ve created a sort of database to connect people having a missing fin in their fin set. (Personal problem, you know). The next step would be to make it compulsory for people to add a photo of the fin they have/are looking for. I would do this using Airtable and Softr.
  • Digging and investing in the crypto space. The farmspot podcast helps a lot to dig the internet faster. I also love the Blackpool project.
  • sell at least as many surf racks as this year (if the supplier’s price is still ok)
  • Transfer the fin project to Softr and promote it more
  • Invest more into crypto
  • Launch a template of my Quantified self process.

My personal Finances

  • Starting the year with a basis of 100, I’ve ended the year with 148.
  • 54% is in Tesla stocks
  • 40% is in ETH and BTC
  • 3% is in a blackbool finance ($BPT)
  • 3% is in other projects.

Retrospective of my 2021 objectives and 2022 objectives

  • Save, and invest at least €6,000 or about €500 per month
  • Earn 300€/month or 10€/day from freelance or side businesses
  • Get to 25% of my portfolio in highly risky assets (NO TSLA, NO BTC, NO ETH)
  • Launch/Improve 3 surfing projects (RackOne, Le retour de la dérive, another one?)
  • Do 180 sessions of surfing/foiling/skiing
  • Do 15 “big wave” sessions (+2m more or less)
  • Surf a tube
  • I fast as much as I can. I had 187 days when I ate on an 8-hour window.
  • I exercise a lot, 223 days during the year.
  • I still eat a lot of processed food and carbs. I only had 37 days without those. I clearly need to be more strict with my alimentation, but I also like to enjoy food. Especially as I was eating nothing except pasta for a long, long, very long time.
  • As explained in the alcohol section I “rarely” drink but when I drink it is a lot… Maybe there should be an objective on both.
  • I wasn’t able to fast this year. Maybe next year. Let’s start with 3 days more regularly.
  • Eat on an 8-hour window or less for 5 days a week or 260 days in total
  • Exercise 5 times a week or 260 times in total
  • No processed food for 3 times a week or 156 days in total
  • 208 days without alcohol or drink maximum 3 times a week
  • Eat some vegetables at least 5 times a week or 260 days in total
  • Fast for 3 days in a row 2 times
  • Meditate 6 times a week or 312 days in total
  • 3 days a week being less than 100 minutes on the phone or 156 days in total
  • 4 days a week with a work satisfaction of good or excellent
  • 4 days a week grading the night quality as excellent or 208 days in total
  • Read 12 books or 1 per month
  • Read 547 articles or newsletters, equal to 1.5 per day
  • Write 12 articles or 1 per month
  • Listen to 45 minutes of podcast a day or 274 hours in total
  • Spend quality time with my parents 3 times
  • Spend quality time with my childhood friends from Lyon 2 times
  • Spend quality time with my friends from engineering school 5 times
  • Cook for my friends once a week or 52 times in total
  • Meet (or improve relationship) with 3 inspiring and ambitious people

Medium Term Plans

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