My State of 2019 – Introduction

As we head in to not only the end of 2019, but also the end of the decade, I thought it was important for me to do a personal review of how I approached things in 2019 and how that will influence how I go into 2020 and the new decade.

When I look back over my Day One journal entries, I notice a distinct pattern: I revisit the same problems over and over again, year after year.1 I have tried grand experiments, like the one I am going to attempt in 2020, multiple times over the years. Like New Year’s Resolutions they have gone pretty much nowhere every single time. But as I approach 50, and my health, while still good, is having some problems, and my children get older (with one a little over a year away from college), I’ve been taking stock of where I am and where I think I want to be. Honestly I’m not liking what I’m seeing.

My “theme” for 2019 has been “experimentation”. I love to tweak my “systems” and fool around with new stuff. Unfortunately that can get expensive, not only in monetary terms but also in time2. 2020 is the time to start getting cost conscious. Time and money are both important and I need to start working on both. For 2020 my personal theme needs to be “stability”. That means settling in on a set of tools for the year and really giving it a go.

So, for the end of this year I’m going to write for 7 days on 7 different categories that are important to my life both online and off as a sort of a personal State of the Union. My plan is to review this stuff on a quarterly basis this year and really take stock of what is going on. I know it’s cliché to say but we don’t know how much time we really have and as I get older this becomes more and more clear to me. I might have been preoccupied in the past with things that don’t matter much but that doesn’t mean that moving forward change isn’t in order.

So tomorrow I’m going to write a bit on how I use social media, how I want to change that, and what it all means for 2020.


  1. Day One has a wonderful “On this Day” feature which show all entries for the given day from any year. It’s one of the features I like most about the application. 
  2. Time really is money (and vice versa)1 They are very interrelated. 

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