2019 Goals

2019 Goals

Fuck last year! It’s goal setting time!!!

That’s right! Once again we arrive at that special time of year where we throw away all the terrible bullshit of the year before, and set our sights to the awesome things we’re going to dominate in the coming 12 months. Well, I guess we don’t have to completely purge 2018 out of mind. I’m sure there was something of value that happened there. But for now, today, in this post, we set our sights to the future.

Today is the day I outline my 2019 goals!!

So what do I hope to get done this year? Well, a lot. But a lot of it won’t be that new. Most will be me building on all the fun I had in 2018. Further refining, and maybe adding a few kicks and giggles in there to make it all the more fun.

Let’s set some goals.

The YEARLY Goals

Here they are, in no particular order:

My Blog:

Just like last year, the blog is the vortex of my universe. It’s where I post all my progress, reflect on the process, and muse about various pointless things. All this will still happen, but I’m going to make a few adjustments. I’ll still have the regular posts, but I’m separating out 2 other types.

One new type will be the goal post (this one) with quarterly reviews.

The other type will be a more informal post. So this is new.  I don’t know exactly what form this will take. I’ll probably talk about how various goals are going, and thoughts and musings regarding their development. Except this to be informal and across multiple topics. They’ll probably be a lot less organized than my regular posts. I’m just gonna let this grow organically.

So for numbers:

Regular blog posts – 8

Quarterly Check ups and Goal setting – 5

Informal Posts – 35

All in – 48

Music:

Back to this. Instead of songs, I’m trying to think of completed concepts, which I found last year works a lot better.

So for this year, my goal is a 5 final songs (an EP). Within the year I’ll write it, record it, master it and publish it. These 5 songs will be arranged around a thematic concept and sound. I won’t tell you everything, but it’ll have something to do with bigfoot.

This goal dropped a lot from last year, but I really wanted to focus in on creating a crafted things this year, not just me making noise on tape.

Language:

If you’ve been following along, you know I knocked out 400 hours of Spanish last year, which was kind of brutal. I’m going to keep going at it, but drop down slightly this year. I’ll be adding Italian on top of Spanish.

I’ve decided 350 hours on the year: split between Italian and Spanish. No clean or clear divide. Just depends on where and what I want to focus on. I’m not looking for an end here, as I learned last year such a thing doesn’t exist. More just focusing on practice and movement forward.

Reading:

5200 pages to read. Same as last year. Gotta keep them smarts.

Running:

You may not know this about me, but I love to run. Lots of trails, some roads. Whatever. I’m keeping my mileage up this year, and probably tackling some ultra marathons. To keep me honest, I’m aiming to get a minimum of 100 miles of running per month, or 1200 on the year. I’m also aiming on at least 5 races. We’ll track this via my strava account.

Meditation:

I was really working on my meditation practice in 2017. In 2019 I will revive this.

5 times a week. No minute goal or anything like that. I’m just looking for consistnecny here.

SEO/Blog Infrastructure:

Alright, I kind of lumped some of this in the “blog” section last year, but this year I’m really going to actually do some work aimed at bolstering up the platform. Throwing time at it.

Gotta get this sucker firing on more cylinders.

I’ll be dedicating 20 hours this year of work to this. It’s going to take some research and this is one goal that might expand with time. Gotta get deep before I figure it all out. I’m literally a marketer professionally, so it shouldn’t be that tricky.

Daily Affirmations

A long while ago I listened to a Tim Ferriss podcast featuring Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert. Among other things, he talked about his process of daily affirmations. Essentially, he wrote the same affirmation, 15 times a day for a very long time, and invariably, this affirmation would come up true.

Now I don’t want to get too woo woo, and I honestly don’t think that Adams really casts it that way either. But, it seemed to be an interesting idea related to visualizing goals. So, I’ll give it a try.

Here’s a link to the podcast.

Dream Journal

I used to do this a long time ago. I’ll try again. Not sure why I’m doing this, but it feels right at the moment.

Minimalist Living

This one I’m excited about. I’ve never been one for holding on to things, but recently I’ve been really going through full purge mode. To keep myself honest in this process, I’m looking towards what I’m brining in as well.

For this year, I’ve committed to only buying 10 things! Now, this relates to physical, non-disposal items. Like buying a sandwich doesn’t count. I’m also not really counting “replacement” items as well. Like if all my pants get holes in them, I’m not going to strike myself for getting a new pair of jeans. We can fine tune as we go.

Timing

All in, I estimate it’ll take me 33,305 minutes to complete these goals. That’s about 555 hours, or a little north of 23 days. About an hour and a half per day. Which really isn’t so bad. I ended up with 35,556 minutes in 2018, and I finished that sometime in mid-November.

I won’t belabor showing you the timing I have worked out for each of these tasks, but I will tell you that last year really helped sharpent the length it takes me to get things like this done.

Split it by 13 weeks, that’s a little over 15 hours a week. Ugh.

So there it is!  I’m excited to see what you all have planned this year for your own examples!

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2019 Goals