Day 1 – Thoughts on the New Year

I received an email from WordPress showing my blogging activity for 2014 and I was disappointed to see that I had only written here 16 times during the whole year, 16!. That certainly didn’t play to what I had wanted to write here. I had all sorts of ideas but never got around to writing about any of them it seems. I plan to change that this year. I’m actually planning on changing a lot of things this year. I don’t believe in “New Years Resolutions” but I do believe in goals and I’ve set myself up for some pretty big goals over the next year.

I began by mapping out where I want to be in the next year. Some of that work involves prep work that I plan to accomplish in the next three months. That will be the base off which I accomplish my other goals for the next year and more. It is quite a bit to work on but I feel very good about this year. I’m finding myself a lot more motivated for change as the past year showed me quite a bit about myself that I want to change. Getting in to my mid 40’s certainly has something to do with it as well. If I’m going to make any lasting changes now is the time to do it.

A lot of the change is about productivity. I’m a fiddler at heart. I love downloading new apps to try on my phone, tablet, and computer. I love mucking around with my todo list system. There are endless ways to tweak things and I’ve spent countless hours tweaking systems and playing with apps. The problem is I’ve spent more time tweaking and playing then actually getting anything done. That is changing this year. I have made a promise to myself that I am not spending any more money for the whole year on apps of any kind. I have chosen a set of tools to use for various tasks and I am going to stick to that list and learn those tools inside and out.

The other big target for my goals this year is my health. As I stated I’m now in my mid 40’s and not getting any younger 🙂 I learned a lot last year about limits. I am not in my 20’s anymore and my body let me know quite loudly at various points during the last year. I owe it to myself and my family to get fit this year. I am not planning on anything drastic and actually I had already started these plans last year but was sidetracked by some injuries. It’s time to get back to the routine.

So does this sound like the usual New Year resolution? I suppose it does but I’m certainly not calling it that. I’ve been thinking about this for almost two months and have been planning things out. I intend to succeed on these goals.

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