This post is a detour from my regular marketing posts….. please disregard if you are not interested in the personal randomness.
Over the weekend I was reflecting on last year and thinking about this year and what I want to accomplish. There are things personally and professionally that I want to do this year, and by writing them here, and stating them publicly I’m hoping to increase my accountability.
What I want from you: Help keep me accountable – ask questions and call me out when I’m slacking. And THANK-YOU in advance for reading my blog and taking the time to care about my goals.
Here are my 10 goals for 2010:
1) Learn how to play guitar
I bought a guitar a few years ago and never really learned to do much with it. To help me stay focused I signed up for lessons already (had my first one last night). Maybe by the end of the year I’ll post a video of me playing something (probably not). On this note I signed up for lessons last week and have my second lesson on Friday. Yay!
2) Take a Painting Class
I’m not particularly artistic, but I have always wanted to try to paint. So my goal for this year is to take a painting class. I will definitely post a picture of something that I paint, although it might totally suck and embarrass me. I’ll do it anyways.
3) Volunteer More
I want to increase my volunteer efforts with local organizations this year. Last year I was pretty busy and didn’t dedicate what I would have liked to in terms of giving back. My goal this year is to find 2 local organizations that I am passionate about and really get involved and help them grow. If you have any suggestions please let me know.
4) Post reviews of 26 Books
So I love to read, and I read a lot of books. I have a lot of books on my shelves at home. This year I want to read at least one book every other week (so 26 for the year) and post reviews of each of them on my site. Keep me accountable for this! If you don’t see reviews leave a comment! I’ll write the first one this weekend.
5) Get in Shape
OK, so this is everyone’s goal (and explains why my gym is so crowded and diet food is all on sale). A few years ago I ran a half marathon. I didn’t really train right and hurt my knee, so I don’t know if that is in the cards again. This year I want to really commit to fitness and creating a more active lifestyle. I joined a hiking meetup group and a mountain biking meetup group to get things off on the right foot. I also feel better on days that I work out (no surprise there), so the benefits are huge.
6) Take Surfing Lessons
So I’ve always wanted to surf. I even looked up surfing schools a few times. This year I will actually take a trip somewhere and take surfing lessons. Anyone know any good locations?
7) Post on my Blog Weekly
OK, so this is probably another typical resolution, and I’m clearly off to a bad start since it is already mid Jan and this is my first post. BUT, starting NOW I will post at least weekly. That is right. At least once a week. I did it. I committed to something specific. Now I have to do it.
8) Try a Video Podcast
Those of you who know me in real life know that I am very opinionated and that I love to talk. So, I figure it is worth a try to bring this to life online with a video podcast. I have a camera, so there really are no barriers. My goal is to start this in Feb and to post regular videos as a test for a few months.
9) Do a Detox or Cleanse
OK, so I turned 30 this year (yeah, I said it). I have definitely put my body through a lot over the years. At New Years my good friend Jeremy Wright was telling me about the benefits of the Lemonade Cleanse that he did. I figure that now is as good of a time as any to reset my body and make sure that I am healthy this year. (I won’t do anything crazy).
10) Make Small Decisions Faster
I read a blog post from Seth Godin a long while back about how we spend a ton of time agonizing over decisions that don’t really matter. For example, if you spend 3 hours comparing email newsletter solutions to save $5/month are you really ahead? I spent months looking at different offices and office solutions before I finally made a choice. The differences between the different offices were really marginal at the end of the day, but I spent a lot of time researching, looking at different options, talking to people etc. My goal is to make the small decisions faster.
OK, so I hope that this wasn’t boring or off-target for my readers. I usually focus on marketing, but figured that a slight detour would be acceptable as we all try to make the most of this upcoming year.
Do you have any resolutions or goals?