In my last post, I talked about a few things I wanted to stop doing and start doing this year for work. However, I do have the rest of my life to attend to outside of that sphere, so I have some related goals for that.
The overall theme is simplification. This is always a thing with me, so you’ll see a form of it every year. Within that, there are some tasks to get me where I want to go, so I’ll start from there.
First, let’s talk about what I actually want.
I WANT TO DO MORE THINGS
- More writing. Personal writing, updating this blog, keeping my feeds on twitter and LinkedIn flowing with more work-related things. Just more of it.
- More art. I have pads and things lying around everywhere. Drawing needs to happen. These tattoos I want aren’t going to design themselves.
- More movement. Yes, exercise. I’m not even making this one really big, however, or I won’t do it. However, I have some small concrete things I’m already doing to make this a solid thing and so far, so good.
- More nerding. I want to write more code. PHP specifically. I also want to do more front-end stuff and for that… well, that leads me to….
- Less of everything else. If it doesn’t help me get where I’m wanting to go, I’ll just decrease it to a level I can manage or stop altogether.
The underlying current here is that I want to create and that means I will have to make room for this somehow. It’s pretty easy; I’m up for two hours of completely empty time due to sleeping patterns. That’s 5:30AM – 7:15AM. I think it’s doable.
HOW I PLAN TO DO THE THINGS
Some of this is going to take a while to work on and build, but the start of all of this is very simple. Here’s the seed I’m going to plant to grow all of this:
- Write for 30 minutes every day. Journal, blog, morning, evening, doesn’t matter. Having it happen at the same time every day would help, but for now, I just need the consistency of having the writing occur. The rest of the regimen can come later.
- Pick an exercise and do 20 reps of that exercise every other morning. This seems to be working out pretty well so far and I feel good about doing it. Again, the goal is to grow consistency to the point that I feel like something is amiss if I don’t do it.
- Complete this class. A number of things came together that will allow me to take this class. The setup was so perfect, it’s almost like God Himself made it happen. So far, it’s great. I need to complete a lesson this week, though.
- Code with a friend every week and try to write 20 lines of code. It’s just 20 lines. I’ve typed that much explaining why I was writing this blog. I can do this. The person I’m working on this goal with is Marc Towler. He has a blog here where you can read about all of his adventures.
- Pick an area of my house and clean/redesign it. Most of this will be channeled into probably sending this stuff to goodwill or to friends that need whatever I have more than I do. An ode to less, if I do say so myself.
So that’s all for personal goals. Look for more work-related musings on my next post.