I started formal goal setting last year, so to continue that trend, here are the 7 personal goals I’m looking to accomplish in 2009 in no particular order:
- Drink 64 ounces of water at least 5 days a week: I definitely don’t drink enough water on a regular basis, and given there are so many health benefits, this will help me get back on the healthy rehydration train.
- Hit the weights at least twice a week: Over the past 6 months, I’ve been the gym at most once a week and can definitely feel myself more tired and stressed out. I used to go to the gym 3+ days a week to lift weights, but since work and my personal life have gotten much busier in the last year, it’s been harder and harder to find the time. To make matters worse, the shuttle bus I used to take to work, really took a chunk out of my day and reduced my flexibility with when I could go to the gym even if I wanted to. With a renewed commitment for fitness and my return to driving my car at least 3 times a week, I’m confident I’ll be able to get back into the swing of things again.
- Stick to my financial budget 9 out of 12 months: I’ve never been great at creating a personal budget, mostly because of the time investment required to stick to one. However, I came across the 60% solution earlier this year, which not only aligns with my personal view of budgeting, but also requires far less time than other traditional budgeting solution. I’m still looking for a great financial tracking solution, and have wafted between Microsoft Money and Mint.com for the past few months. I love that Money has the 60% solution budget system built in, but despise the fact that it is rich client app with no cloud service for access to my info from different PCs. I love Mint, but hate the fact that they don’t allow customized root-level categories which is required for the 60% budgeting solution.
- Start and finish the Strobist and OneLight DVDs: I’ve had these sitting on my shelf for over 2 months and haven’t even cracked either of them yet. I have no excuse other than just prioritizing other activities over it, so I’ll be going over and finishing the material over the next few months.
- File my 2008 taxes by the end of February: I am the worst procrastinator when it comes to filing my taxes and it was particularly bad last year with my mailing my 2007 return on the last possible day. I vow to be less rushed this year and file them before the end of February.
- Complete the 365 days project: My first go-round with 52 weeks was an utter disaster with me dropping out after only 3 weeks. I blamed the lack of regularity in my failure, so I took on the 365 days project recently after purchasing my new Nikon D700. For those that aren’t familiar with this project, it is a photo project where you take a photo of yourself every day for a full year (hence the name “365 days”). I have a remarkable set of friends that are super supportive of my participation in this project, many of which are doing it themselves. I’ve had some great photos come out of this project already, and just finished Day 46 on my final day in St. Thomas. Here’s to finishing up 319 more days!
- Spend more time with friends: I know this goal is ambiguous and definitely not easily measured, but I’m going to set it anyways. This past year has been terrible for my time spent with friends, and it is particularly bad when I look at the possibility of my best friend moving away from Seattle. I’ll be focusing on doing a better job prioritizing time with friends over other work and other solitary activities (except if they are related to #1-6 above :))
So there you have it, my goals for 2009. Any ‘09 goals you want to share?