Andy Kemp

Less, More and None (2021)

By Andy | January 2, 2021 | 0 Comment

Back in January 2020 I used the ‘Less, More and None‘ approach to target setting to reflect on what I hoped to achieve in 2020. Below are my targets for 2021 as well as my reflections on how I got on 2020!


  • Wasting Time on Rolling News – It’s been too easy this last year to get lost in the ‘doomscrolling’ world of BBC News live updates.
  • Sitting at my desk – I need to get up and out more.


  • Writing – Carried over from last year. I’m keen to get back to writing more!
  • Exercise – I want to do more walking in 2021. Both for exercise, but also to spend more time outside.
  • Careful Task Management – Whilst I can hold a lot in my head, I’d like to get better at using a system to manage my ‘to-do’ lists to prevent me getting bogged down in the operational.


  • Using my phone at the dinner table (carried over)
  • Days without a walk, even if it’s just 5mins round the block…

So 2020 wasn’t exactly the year we’d expected… but how did I get on?


  • Late nights – try to develop a more regular sleeping pattern!
    • Had quite a lot of success in this one! Partly as a result of a job move which involves leaving home just after 6am several nights a week, which means I’m more tired in the evenings!
  • Social Media – my Twitter feed has become increasingly unmanageable over the years due to the number of people I follow. I need to make this more manageable if it is to be useful… this probably needs some thinning!
    • Hmm… not made much progress on this. My social media use has declined, but partly because it became unmanageable!
  • Time spent doing things which can be better done by others.
    • I’m getting better at this, but still have to fight the urge to do things myself.


  • Writing – Since finishing my studies I have had less reason to write, and am really missing it. I’ve done various bits of writing in the past, so am looking forward to doing more in 2020.
    • Not achieved as much as I’d hoped here – but have the outline for a book I’d like to write so maybe 2021 will be the year!
  • More engagement with the wider profession. Looking for opportunities to give back to the wider profession through supporting CPD, writing, conferences etc. Let me know if you have anything you think I could help with!
    • Lock downs have made it harder to get more involved, but with my change of roles, I’m now a member of the Society of Heads. I’m still open to further opportunities to give back.
  • Continuing to develop my work on student leadership.
    • I’ve spent some more time thinking about this during the year, and have made some useful connections which I hope will allow me to continue to develop this area in the coming year.
  • Reading – I’ve read more in recent years since getting a kindle, but more recently I’ve found I’ve shifted to listening to more audiobooks than actual reading. For 2020, I’d like to do more actual ‘reading’…
    • The increased commute has meant even more audiobooks, so sadly less physical reading as a result…
  • Culture – Having recently moved to Cambridge, I’m keen to make more of the cultural opportunities it affords! So more theatre, music, and museums are the order of 2020!
    • Well… This one was rather kiboshed by the pandemic. Sadly all our plans to enjoy the opportunities on offer in Cambridge remain on hold, but we look forward to enjoying some of the rearranged events in due course!
  • Playing board games – we’ve built up a reasonable collection of games over the last few years as a family, and for 2020 I’d like to find time to play these more regularly.
    • Not managed to play as regularly as I’d like, but still really enjoying it when we find time.
  • Listening to more new music – my musical interests have always been fairly broad, but over recent years I feel I’ve listened to less and less new (to me!) music. This is something I want to rectify in 2020.
    • Some success here – Whilst I’d still like to push my musical tastes a bit wider I’m enjoying listing to more music which is new to me!
  • Listening to more podcasts on educational leadership. Any recommendations?
    • Enjoying Patrick Lencioni’s podcast, but am listening to more Maths/Data podcasts at the moment – still looking for good recommendations!
  • Cooking – one of the changes having come out of boarding this academic year, is that we actually have to cook our own dinner most of the time. This has prompted me to start cooking again, and I look forward to expanding my repertoire in 2020!
    • This has been my biggest success of the year. I’ve done lots of cooking and baking this year, and am really enjoying stretching my skills.


  • Using my phone at the dinner table
    • Hmmm…. still work to do here.
  • Charging my phone in my bedroom overnight
    • I think this might have actually got work!


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