2017 Love List

At the end of each year I take some time to figure out what I want to do more of in the coming year. I call this my Love List.

Why a Love List? As I wrote back in 2011:

The list is fluid and will change as my life changes. I’m not going to judge myself if some of these don’t get completed. I am going to put this list somewhere so I see it every day and spend at least part of my day moving one or more of these forward. And then at the end of 2012 I will do a retrospective to see how far I’ve come on these items.

So it’s basically a more positive, fluid take on resolutions. For example, here is the 2016 version.

I did a poor job tracking my 2016 list in any detail, but in summary:

  • Family: I had a great year with my wife and kids. We traveled to Disney (with many adventures along the way), went camping in Rhode Island, and much more. It was a very positive year — probably one of our best.
  • Exercise and Health: I did run two 5k races and did an OK amount of training for those, so I’d consider my health goal met.
  • Programming/Eko Wave was a fail. I wasn’t able to keep momentum for an extended period of time. It’s been hard to even get started in the last couple months of 2016, with both of my parents spending time in the hospital on top of regular family/work busyness.
  • Writing: Write more? Nope. Was less of a priority than programming, so got even less done.
  • Photography: I did take a ton of photos and made a photo book, calendar, and got a couple larger prints made for our house. Definitely a sucess.
  • Random: I did read more than previous years. I read a few actual books for once, in addition to many comics/graphic novels. I also made progress on my guitar, using Apple’s Music Memos to track and work on my ideas. (It’s a great app, if you are interested in making music.) I didn’t get around to meditation much at all, however.

So, with that said… 2017. What’s on my list so far:

  • Family: family will always be my top priority.
  • 3,000,000+ steps (average more than 8,220 per day.) I am going to accomplish this through more regular exercise, as well as training to run in five 5k races. My first race last year was a serious effort, but completing the second one (with a ton of improvement) got me hooked.
  • Launch in Q1 2017 Relic Scout . With marketing and promotion effort for remainder of year.
  • More reflection and gratitude. I am going to accomplish this through writing more on this blog, keeping a log of daily gratitude, journal more in Day One, and make quarterly photo books.

I am going to try to keep it simple this year, while using activities I’ve used as Love List items in the past (writing/photography/etc.) to help support bigger picture goals.

As always, I intend to post updates and progress here… stay tuned.

Happy New Year to all.

The Great Myth About Getting in Shape (and Every Other Goal)

David at Raptitude has a great take on goal/resolution setting:

The great myth about goals is that they require us to trade quality of life now for quality of life later. This doesn’t work unless you’re a robot. We’re too interested in keeping our lives enjoyable. You cannot voluntarily make all your days worse for months in the name of optional rewards in the future. A good goal has to improve your life now, and nearly every day between now and the final result. The long-term reward is never going to drive you to keep living a life you don’t like in the short term.

Something to think about when I review my Love List and goals for this year.

My 2016 Love List

At the start of every year, I like to focus less on "resolutions" and more on a list of things I want to do more of in the coming year. Thus, the name Love List. I feel like it's a positive spin on resolutions, as I focus on a list of things I love doing, rather than all the things I don't like about myself.

As I wrote back in 2011:

The list is fluid and will change as my life changes. I’m not going to judge myself if some of these don’t get completed. I am going to put this list somewhere so I see it every day and spend at least part of my day moving one or more of these forward. And then at the end of 2012 I will do a retrospective to see how far I’ve come on these items.

With that said, here are my ideas for 2016. I will track my current focus on my Now page, as well as post updates on my progress through out the year.
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My Love List for 2014

Love List

noun

  1. A fluid list of things you want to start or spend more time doing in the new year. For past examples, see 2013 and 2012.

Prior to looking back at last year's list, I thought for sure I didn't do well. But I did -- mainly due to picking things I was already committed to because they were important to me.

Some things I didn't quite get to, like the master bedroom makeover (we did buy a new bed frame and do some serious reorganization, so it is much nicer at least.) I also didn't eat vegetarian for an entire month, but we did eat vegetarian meals much more often. And finally the kids book is something I still want to work on, but it's also something that is going to be insanely time consuming. Someday.

I did pretty darn well on the rest. I'll write up a recap of 2013 soon to cover more of the year in detail.

Anyway, since we're already past New Year's Day, here's my Love List for 2014:

  1. Continue to be on top of my priorities & make sure I fund them. No procrastination.
  2. Launch three Eko Wave sites. Two may be coming fairly soon, I hope.
  3. Write more. This will involve journaling in Day One and blogging, which is one of the reasons I just switched to using Anchor for this blog. It's so easy to add posts.)
  4. Read more, but less noise. I need to re-visit my RSS and content consumption strategy to figure out where I need to be to get the most value.
  5. Exercise more. On everyone's new year list ever, I suppose.
  6. Drink more water. I am starting out with a daily goal of 64 ounces and working my way up to 100. I've been tracking my intake for a month and you'd be surprised how little water I drank in the past.
  7. Keep purging "stuff". Less is more!
  8. Eat less. Portions are my down fall.

Happy New Year everyone. Please feel free to share your resolutions, love list, etc. in the comments.

My 2012 Love List

Instead of new year’s resolutions, I am going to make a love list. I got the idea from the blog Be More With Less and basically it’s a list of things you would love to do or start in the new year.

The list is fluid and will change as my life changes. I’m not going to judge myself if some of these don’t get completed. I am going to put this list somewhere so I see it every day and spend at least part of my day moving one or more of these forward. And then at the end of 2012 I will do a retrospective to see how far I’ve come on these items.

“Success will never be a big step in the future; success is a small step taken just now.” ~Jonatan Mårtensson

My 2012 List

  • Be on top of my priorities & make sure I fund them. No procrastination.
  • Re-connect with friends.
  • Move my career forward.
  • Create an iPhone app. I have an idea and I think it’s a good one. Time to make that happen.
  • Exercise or Yoga 3 times per week.
  • Purge “stuff”.
  • Meditate every week.
  • Read one book per month.
  • Blog once per week.
  • Go on a spontaneous weekend trip.
  • Create my blog design.
  • Go camping at least twice.
  • Take more photos.
  • See more movies.
  • Go to more shows.
  • Go bowling more often.
  • Complete the 21-day Happiness Challenge

Do you have a love list for the new year? Please share!