amir one year challenge

Amir One Year Challenge 2015

Happy New Year,

December 10 is my birthday and it reminds me of year’s end, like every year 2014 also ended, but it doesn’t need to be reviewed as it’s already gone and nothing can be done about it. But, I have added one year experience and am a bit smarter and wiser than before and I can tailor the future based on my needs, wants, wishes and expectations.

You can’t rewrite yesterday’s pages, but tomorrow’s are blank and you have the pen … So write something good.

Sharing my 2015 Goals, Targets and Resolution, which I refer to as Amir’s One Year Challenge. Below a list is given and in case you are interested to see an expanded version, you can scroll down further.

  • Prayers
  • Timings
  • Health
  • Reading – Writing
  • Personal Books and Trainings
  • Personal Growth and Learning
  • Job – Startup – Venture
  • Laziness – Procrastination
  • Life
  • Charity – Volunteer – Help
  • Accountability – Monitoring and Reporting

Prayers: 2015 is about thanking what you have already.

  • I’ll pray Five times a day.
  • Recite One Chapter of the holy Quran daily.

Two reasons I started setting my goals with Prayers:

  1. It’s the easiest part and is something that I almost have control of.
  2. It will help me build a foundation for my other goals. Setting an alarm five time a day will bring consistency and discipline in my life, besides peace of mind and other endless benefits.

2015 is about early to bed, early to rise.

I’ll wake up early (Fajr) and sleep at the earliest possible. The timings will vary depends on the season, but it will range from:

  • 3:00 am to 5:00 am. (Wake up)
  • An hour or couple. (Sleep or Rest in Noon)
  • 10 pm to 11:45 pm. (Sell all my horses and Sleep tight)

2015 is about healthy and active life.

I might not join a gym but will religiously follow mentioned below:

  • One KM walk daily – or
  • 15 to 30 minutes running daily.
  • Quarterly health check tests.

Reading and Writing:
2015 is about Reading and Writing.

I will read a book per week and write an article daily.

  • Read One book per week, Four books per month.
  • Write One article daily.
  • Write a brief review of the book read on weekend.
  • Improve English and Writing skills.

Personal Books and Trainings:
2015 is about portfolio.

I have been writing a book on Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification since 2010 and it’s almost 60% but is stuck there. This book will not only be completed but will be followed by another book. My Target is to publish Two books and Three trainings :

  • Publish Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Book: End of 2015.
  • Publish Project Management Formula’s (PM Formula’s) Book: First quarter of 2015.
  • Project Management Professional Online Video Training: Second Quarter of 2015.
  • Project Management Formula’s (PM Formula’s) Video Training: First quarter of 2015.
  • Microsoft Project 2013 Video Training: Second Quarter of 2015.

Personal Growth and Learning:
2015 is about acquiring new skills and polishing old.

Besides reading a book weekly, I will not stop taking trainings but will limit it to a training per week. Also, will take full advantage from MOOC’s. Currently, the following list will be my areas of focus but will expand or squeeze:

  • Productivity.
  • Getting Things Done.
  • Startups and Entrepreneurship.
  • Personal Development.
  • Presentation.
  • Project Management, Management and Leadership.
  • Social Media.
  • Inbound Marketing (Blogging, SEO, Traffic etc)
  • Web Presence and Web Visibility.
  • Branding.
  • Photography and Videography.

Job – Startup – Venture:
2015 is about action and getting results.

I have already initiated a few projects, will keep working over it, pushing it further but it won’t be on my top priority list. e.g: My Project Management Blog receives 15,000 to 25,000 monthly unique visitors. Till December 2015, it should receive 100,000 monthly unique visitors.

First time in almost 6 years, I am opening my options for a job. If I feel a job can help me and others achieve the goals and targets, I will avail it, regardless whether it’s freelancing, temporary or permanent.
I have a Startup idea since long and that will be my One and Only top priority and focus point in 2015. I will initiate it and will do whatever it takes to take it to the next level (will not make it a million dollar company but it will be in a reasonable place, that I can be proud of).
If I feel, I need to venture will brilliant minds to work on the projects, I will not hesitate to reach out to them and will be open to be reached out.

Laziness – Procrastination:
2015 is about hustling.

Bye Bye, You have no room in my life anymore (at least in 2015). I’ll be a more active person in 2015 but it doesn’t mean, I’ll always be reachable.

  • I will turn off Cell phone and Internet occasionally and enjoy offline world.
  • I will be seen in almost all family/relative/friends functions and gatherings.
  • I will hustle, hustle and hustle.

2015 is about enjoying life at the fullest.

Stepping into 2015 with a more positive attitude, clarity and vision for a bright future and better life. Besides being happy and smiling all the time, I will:

  • Go out to take fresh air.
  • Get camera and take photos.
  • Travel to another city to meet a friend.
  • Enjoy and Love Life even more and the fullest.

Charity – Volunteer – Help:
2015 is more about giving than taking.

Charity is something between me and The Almighty, so I will keep it with myself but will donate as much as I have the power. Also will take part in volunteer services both online and offline and will generously offer help to the maximum.

Accountability, Monitoring and Reporting:
2015 is about measure, rinse and repeat.

Finally, I have to measure my progress and take necessary actions.

  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Monthly and Quarterly

I found it’s a great way to motivate yourself for a specific task by giving money to a mean friend and tell him/her, if you are unable to accomplish the goal or task he/she should donate the money to a charity you dislike the most.

  • I will create an Excel sheet with check marks for all the goals and tasks on weekly basis, take a printout and paste on my desk, and tick each box daily.
  • I should also report on Social Media and write a blog post weekly.

The hashtag I’ll use for Social Media reporting will be #amirchallenge

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Over to You … (Critics, Suggestions, Feedback appreciated) !!
Don’t forget to share your Goals, Resolutions or Challenges with me.


Daily Prompt: Overload Alert from the Daily Post hehehe

The daily prompt today is called Overload Alert and it asks;

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. — Gertrude Stein
Do you agree?

Couldn’t agree more.

Today, I receive 5 emails alone from The Daily Post .. Now, You tell me, am I a human or a WordPress Bot ?, to answer every question. hahahah 🙂 (Trolling at it’s best)

Let’s Loosen Up and Just Write – Day 1

On Day 1 of the Writing 101 Challenge: Writing 101: Unlock the Mind

Welcome to Writing 101. In this inaugural assignment, let’s loosen up and just write.

ohhhh it’s getting too much for me as I have joined the blogging 101 challenge as well and I wrote a piece there.

I made a confession about my writing, so before you bash over my writing skills, you better read my post. I am so tired right now and my mind gone blank. (My Mind Gone Blank, ahhhh words of my dearest one).

I think it’s enough for today.

that amir

Introduce Youself: Who I am and Why I’m here – Day 1

On Day 1 of the Blogging 101: The Commons Challenge:

Blogging 101: Introduce Yourself

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.

I need no Introduction.
I mean, c’mon. Do you guys still want me to introduce myself !!

Are you really serious about it ??

Who am I:

I am Amir from Pakistan. (I can’t tell you everything about me on this First Date 😉 )

Why I’m here:

I want to have Lots and Lots of Fun while making some friends on the way.

On a Serous Note:

I’m Interested in Network and Engage with like minded people poised for success and change both offline & online.
Desire to meet, collaborate, share and venture with Professionals, Business owners, Entrepreneurs, Startups, Bloggers and Individuals having passion for Social Media, Getting Things Done, Productivity, Self improvement, Branding, Inbound, Story telling via Presentation and Blogging..

I’m always willing to have a conversation, meet people, share & discuss interest listed below and not listed below as well, and to have a lot of fun.
You can engage and disengage with me based on the following topics:

Although, this is not an exhaustive list but you can Share with me the following:

  • Productivity.
  • Getting Things Done
  • Startups
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Personal Development.
  • Presentation.
  • Project Management.
  • Social Media.
  • Branding.
  • Blogging.
  • and Fun and other Kool Topics


I am not interested …

  • Spamming & Stalking.
  • Harassment & Abusive language.
  • Disrespectful behavior.
  • Porn & Nudity.
  • Religion & Politics.

I hate to Discuss Religion and Politics Online, so please don’t drag me in those topics.

Hope the above will give a vivid idea about me.

Daily Prompt: Curve Balls and How to Play It

The daily prompt today is called Curve Balls and it asks;

When was the last time you were completely stumped by a question, a request, or a situation you found yourself in? How did you handle it?

You should give me credit for coming up with this question. Why ?? Because I write about it a couple days back, and it’s the most difficult question or situation, when you are asked: What Are You Doing Nowadays ???

I have answer for every ball, whether it’s round or curve 🙂 hehehehhe .. kidding aside, but I was a good Cricket Player (An Opener and a Wicket Keeper) ..
I hope you know Cricket (Ball is an important element in that game).

By the way, the topic reminds me of some famous words:

Life keeps throwing curve balls to keep me on my toes.


I’ll go back to my post I mention above, what are you doing nowadays Question, as it’s best fit in this post or situation …
It seems this is the most daunting question for me, as I am doing too many things and all are almost just started or half way but seems I have master this question, and I answer it according to the person.

It seems, I have collected 1,000 responses for this question and none of these answers match with each other or has no resemblance either with me or what I am doing 🙂

Ahhhhh I just realize Daily Post asked a Curve ball as well  ..





Cell Phone Usage in Pakistan

The cell phone usage in Pakistan is abit different then rest of the world.

First of all a little bit of introduction, about the total population of Pakistan, and then it’s mobile user base and it’s usage.

Pakistan Population is 182.1 million, the snap shot is from Google in case you want to kill me for the wrong information (Google to be blamed for this report)

Pakistan Population
Population of Pakistan as of 2013, according to Google

and we are furiously growing 😉 , soon will cross US ..

Now Mobile Users:
If you are curious to know the mobile companies operating in Pakistan, pisssssssss off go to wikipedia,

You might not believe me and I don’t care 🙂 , there are more than 137 Million mobile users ..
(I am not saying that, go Google or check PTA site or Local newspapers) Phew ..

Since we have more Youth than any where in the world. This is how they use cell phone.

Example 1:
As soon call is connected:
Han G Kidher ho (Urdu)
Charta Yai (Pushto)
(Meaning: Where are you)

Example 2:
Apnai Saath Rootiyan lai ana (Urdu)
Aleka, zaan sarraa rottai raoraa (Pushto)
(Meaning: Bring bread)

Example 3:
Bill Jamma Kar dia (Urdu)
Bill dai Jamma Koo (Pushto)
(Meaning: Did you paid the bill)

The list goes on and on, hopefully this post will be updated (or may be not, who cares :)..

Day 1: The List of Five Things to Change in Life

This is the first topic in the blogging and writing challenge, and it’s a difficult one.
Although, I haven’t yet made a list, so there is no chance to being it done.

But, I’ll go back to why I am taking this challenge. I have been blogging since 2010 using WordPress platform and one of my Project Management blog which is self hosted is up since 2011, but I kind of lack discipline and I don’t write daily or weekly or even monthly. So, Discipline will be my first in the to do list.

1: Organize the 600 GB Hard Drive.

2: Discipline.

3: Consistency.

4: Blogging Daily.

5: Make sure the above 4 are watched and done.

I don’t know, when will be the day, when I can say that the first post in the blogging challenge  was taken serious and I have made a quick list of the five things that I wanted to change in my life and all those five things have been done and here is a blog post about it.



What are you doing nowadays ?

Whether, you meet some one for the first time in life, or an acquaintance after a long time.
The first question you are asked: What are you doing nowadays ? .. Ahhhhh, I find this question to the most daunting and to be honest I hate it.

But I believe, I am not the only one. (If you dare, you can comment in the comment section).

I believe it’s much harder to answer this question, whenever you are in a transaction phase, when you have prepared yourself for a Goal, Task or Job or some specific thing but you haven’t either started it yet or not yet well prepared for it or may be in a phase where you want to do something.

What do you think ?



WordPress Writing 101 Challenge

I have to make another confession: I am not a good writer, my writing sucks big time ..

My first confession is about blogging, you can read it here: I am a lazy blogger ….

I basically start this blog afresh to take on the wordpress writing challenge that is going to start from September 15th, 2014. In fact it’s not a challenge, but I am taking it as a challenge, cauz of my confessions 🙂

Let’s see.