I'm a little late posting this because I've spent the past few days thinking about what exactly I want to accomplish this year. Now that we have a baby, my priorities have shifted. It seems like nowadays just having a few moments to watch a movie is a win. I'm not planning on using that as an excuse, but I think I'm going to drop the 10K goal for this year.
- My top priority still needs to be getting myself in better health. I still think 250 lbs is a good year end goal for me. Unfortunately I went the wrong way last year and I'm now sitting solid at 300 lbs.
- Focus on clearing some debt. Ashley and I have always done well in this area. We have no credit card debt. We have one car payment, my student loans, and the house. Looking back though, we waste quite a bit of money on silly things (like my eating out at lunch problem). So, this year I want to focus my energy towards getting rid of some of this debt. At the end of the year, my car will be paid off and I want to have half of my student loans paid for.
- I'm not sure why I wanted to "grow this blog more" last year when I sat down to do these resolutions. Really what I want to do is write on this blog more. No offense to you, dear reader, but this blog isn't for you, it's for me. 100 posts in a year seems about right for me, so that's what I aim to do.
- Redesign this blog. A little while back I sat down and mocked up what I want digitalbush.com 2.0 to look like. I want to finish that and get it live.
- Along with the blog redesign, I want to reorganize my open source projects. This involves moving them to github and bringing my jQuery plugins up to modern standards. Oh, I also have a fun little mischievous project I'm working on to take care of a hotlinking problem I have. You'll know about that soon enough.
Those are my measurable goals. There are a few subjective things that I'd like to accomplish as well.
- Be more organized. Right now my garage is a disaster and my desk is piled high full of junk. This year that stops.
- Be more patient. I've been accused of being gruff at times. The reason I get so frustrated is my severe intolerance for illogical behavior and mediocre efforts. I think I can project a better attitude towards those frustrations and not let it bum me out so much.
- Focus on the things that make me happy. I'm already moving this direction by reducing my commitments to things that don't steer me towards my ultimate goals. In the end, I feel like I lost control of a few areas of my life in 2009. I want that control back.
Really, that last point sums up everything above it. I want to be happy (who doesn't?). I want to feel good, enjoy my family, have a safe and clean environment, and write some kick ass software. Is that too much to ask? I think not. Here's to an awesome 2010.