Photo I took from a recent trip to the Northern Ireland coast, good trip for reflecting back on 2016.

Goals for 2017

It’s a well accepted tenant of social psychology that an individual is more likely to complete publicly stated goals, so here are mine for 2017.

  1. Be more creative
  2. Strengthen my mind and body

Two simple goals to focus on throughout the year. When I’m up early on a weekend and not sure what to do, I’ll have two options. Also, putting this in writing and tracking some metrics will give me a good sense of progress and allow me to reflect back a year from now.

How I’ll be more creative:

  1. Do more side projects and make them public to the internet. One of the more satisfying things I did in 2016 was write a really basic Ruby app at my company’s hackathon. It wasn’t anything special, but it was fun to make something silly that had no business value and then see how the users enjoyed playing with it.
  2. Take more photos and post on Instagram way more frequently. Photography is a creative skill I’d like to develop. I always buy the latest iPhone, so I always have a good camera in my pocket. Practice makes perfect and the first step to taking good photos it to take a ton of them.
  3. Blog more — Get to an average of 5,000 monthly views and write a minimum of 50 posts on Medium. It has been years since I maintained a blog and a decade since I maintained an entire network of blogs. Writing is a good skill to continually hone and I’m eager to learn more about Medium as a product.

How I’ll strengthen my mind and body:

  1. Read more fiction. I easily spend an hour a day reading, but that time is 99% non-fiction. I bought a stack of discounted sci-fi classics on Amazon a few weeks ago. I’m not going to set a solid number, we’ll just have to see how many of them I can manage to get through this year.
  2. Meditation and mindfulness. I’ve mentioned before I’m a big fan of Headspace. This year I’ll try to meditate once a week, either using that app or going to the weekly meditation group at work.
  3. Ski a few times. It’s a sad day when you realize you own a bunch of ski equipment you haven’t used for a few years. I’ve already got one ski trip booked and I can probably find time to squeeze in a second one.
  4. Play more tennis. We live three blocks from brand new tennis courts. Both my fiancee and own racquets and played competitively growing up and yet we only played once on our neighborhood courts last year. Tennis shouldn’t be limited to vacations, even if it means waking up really early before work to play.
  5. Run twice a week. Pretty straightforward goal. I’ve somehow gone from doing a triathlon to not being able to remember the last time I’ve exercised. I’ll just have to find the latest Apple watch app to track my progress.

So that’s it, those are my goals. Is this too much to take on? Any thoughts?