I don’t make New Years resolutions…

but here are 7 things I want to accomplish in 2019.

Read at least one book a month.

I’ve been getting kind of bored at work. I mean there is work to do, but it’s the same old stuff. Meaning there are fires to fight weekly (sometimes daily), but they’re they same type of problems. I’m reading a book on building high performance organizations at the moment. I have a few books queued up on topics such as DevOps, religion, and how to become a better writer. I think reading helps anyone become a better writer, but so does writing, so:

Post frequently to this site

At the moment, frequently has been every day, but we all know that will die off. My target is to post at least once a week, with some longer feature pages on topics I find interesting. My goal for this site is to post things that I find interesting, things that are on my mind that I want to explore further, and topics that might help others. Eh, we’ll see.

Do my brain exercises daily.

I think a lot of people are familiar with James Altucher. I discovered him a few years ago when I was going through a phase and his writings were incredibly useful. I bought quite a few of his books, and took some of his lessons to heart. Specifically saying “No” to things I don’t want to do, and writing down 10 ideas a day. So that’s what I want to start doing again, writing 10 ideas a day. It’s harder than you might think.

Hit 1019k this year.

Seems easy enough, but I totally pissed off last year and didn’t run much during the summer and fall. I continued lifting all year, but cardio fell by the wayside. So this year I’m going to do more running (slow jogging).

Take some courses on Coursera and EdX.

There are some amazing courses on these platforms. You can either chose to pay and get a cert, or just audit the class for the sake of learning. I’m already taking a series of Agile classes from UVa and looking for an interesting business class. I’ve also used Udemy quite a bit and enjoy that.

Finally sit for the PMP.

I’ve never been big on certifications, but this one seems like it might be a door opener. Particularly if I decide to branch out a little.

Take time to appreciate stuff more.

I’ve got a nice family, good job, some nice toys, and a handful of friends. I’m going to make an effort to spend time with people I like being around and just chill out. It’ll be good for my blood pressure. Not sure how I will quantify this, but whatever. I’m going to chill out and see WTF happens. Spending time with my kids is really the priority, they grow up so damn fast.