I’m not real big on new year resolutions mainly because I don’t want to start off the year making resolutions that I’m eventually going to break. Sure, I’d like to get in shape, eat healthier and be an overall better person. Who wouldn’t?
I’d like to focus on some more attainable and trackable goals for myself. My colleague Jeff Ross gave me the idea to publicly set some personal goals for the year and then track their progress throughout the year. He does it on his blog.
I’m going to start with the following list (in no particular order) and add to/update it as I go along. I don’t want to lock myself into any particular set of goals.
1) Watch less TV. I’ve realized that a lot of evenings, I end up watching TV because I don’t feel like doing anything else. I typically end up watching shows that I’ve recorded on my DVR (that I don’t really care for) or some random movie on Netflix. When I’m watching TV, I don’t get anything done. I’m going to try and limit my TV watching to a couple of nights a week. This will help me focus on achieving my 2014 goals.
2) Share more content through my social networks and increase my Klout score. I’m currently sitting at a Klout score of 59. I’d like to be more active on Twitter and build my following. As of right now, I have 642 tweets and 563 followers.
3) Create/post at least two pieces of original content online per week. That’s a total of 104 for the year. I’d like to create more. My primary focus will be on writing content for this blog (and possibly some others) but I’d also like to create some videos. I created a stop-motion film of me building a Batman Lego set that I posted on YouTube last week.
4) Make six things out of wood. Woodworking has become one of my favorite hobbies and I’ve made everything from poker tables to a playset for my kids. I’m hoping to finish at least six projects this year. I tend to start woodworking projects but not complete them.
5) Read at least 10 books. Before I started working at Humana in late October 2012, I read two or three books combined in the previous 13 years. Since then, I’ve read a total of 14 books (an average of one book per month) that I downloaded on my Google Nexis 7 tablet. I like to read about entrepreneurship, productivity, parenting and football.
6) Find fun non-work/professional-related projects to work on. I always have ideas for things I’d like to do but almost never act on them. It drives my wife crazy because I’m always telling her about my ideas. I read this excellent post on Social Media Examiner about why we fail to create and it has inspired me to do more in 2014.
7) Be more adventurous/spontaneous with my kids. Sometimes my kids will ask me to do something simple like wrestling with them or play hide-and-go-seek and I’ll come up with a lame excuse why I can’t do it. Usually, it’s just laziness. I’ve learned that taking that 5 minutes to play with them (even if I don’t want to) means the world to them. Plus, the spontaneous moments in life seem to make the best memories.
I’ll update my progress of these goals as we near the middle of the year.
Here’s to a productive and prosperous 2014!