Last week, I reviewed my 2014. Today, I’m going to look ahead to 2015.
Before we started, I will say this list is NOT all of my goals. There’s some areas of my life (e.g., my marriage) where I have goals and choose to keep those private. Also, these are general thoughts about areas of focus and not SMART goals that I’ll end up really going after.
Health & Fitness
I mentioned last week I made some progress on the health front last year. This year I’m planning to really kick this into gear. I’m not old per say (I’m 30) but I’m definitely not getting any younger. With a little one at home already running all over the place, I have a lot of things I want to be able to do and being out of shape isn’t an option.
As much as a I’m a Dave Ramsey guy on finances, I’m just as much a Dave Asprey guy with health. I have followed his work for awhile now but haven’t taken to it consistently. This year, Maria (my wife) and I are doing this together.
I’ve already started doing a few things:
- I do a Body by Science work out twice a week now. I’m very fortunate that my employer has a gym onsite so I get to knock that out during lunch on Monday and Friday.
- Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting in the morning until 2-3p and a bulletproof lunch at home.
- Walking to work (x2 since I go home for lunch)
I do need to find a solution to eating out for dinner. That’s typically where we go wrong. So far though, it’s been going well.
I’m also looking to start playing hockey again. Long story short, I played a lot of hockey growing up (travel, high school, college) and hurt my wrist pretty significantly to put an end to my hockey career. I’ve been rehabbing it pretty aggressively to see if I can get back into it. We’ll see. If not, I’ll be picking up another sport.
With the blog, book and product plans I have, writing consistently is non-negotiable. I need to make this a habit. I actually enjoy writing, but getting it done consistently has been such an issue for some reason.
I’ve tried a variety of different schedules but it hasn’t stuck. The best success I had was when I forced myself to write every day. That lasted about two weeks. I may have to follow Nathan Barry‘s lead and challenge myself to write 1,000 words a day. I may even use his app Commit to do so. We’ll see… I’ll probably create a public challenge for this so more details to come.
As I mentioned last week, my focus area for 2014 was my career. I was looking to change jobs and career paths. This went better than I could have ever imagined. Because of that success, it will be on the back burner a bit for the coming year.
I’m still very focused on getting better at what I do. That just comes with the UX space. I’m always learning and developing my skills. I’m especially looking to explore tools more, specifically Axure and Sketch.
From a project perspective, I’d also like to take on a wider variety of projects. I did a lot of mobile work in 2014 and I’d like to continue that. Wearables is definitely an area I’d like to get more involved with, specifically the Apple Watch. I may have to start doing more freelance work to do so.
The next biggest target for our financial life is buying a house. That may or may not happen in 2015. We’re looking for a special place to be our home for the next 15-20 years. A place our daughter can go to school from kindergarten to high school. With a ridiculous list of wants, a frugal spirit looking for a deal, and being in a seller’s market… we’ll continue to be patient. We still have 4 years until our daughter is school-age. Plenty of time.
Our financial goals for 2015, will simply be to continue to save for our dream home.
The traveler in me was severely neglected in 2014. We’re definitely looking to remedy that in 2015. We’ve been looking to go to New York and possibly taking a cruise. We’d also like to visit some of the areas of Texas we haven’t been recently (e.g., Marfa, El Paso, Big Bend, etc.) and possibly New Mexico.
Well, those are the biggest areas on my mind for this year. What about you? What are you looking to accomplish in 2015?