In years past my approach to New Years Resolutions has usually been to keep a rough mental list of some things I’d like to accomplish and then I would promptly forget about it all just a few weeks in.
This year I wanted to try something different — I wrote them down.
What I realized is that having a hard copy to reference made me more motivated to work towards accomplishing what I had written down, and having the ability to physically cross something off after completion gave me an extra sense of satisfaction to look forward to.
For 2019 this is what I wrote down for myself to accomplish.
- Save $6000
- Ongoing - $1000/$6000
Visit somewhere new
- Banff, AB, March 16, 2019
- Switch to a clean diet
Reach Diamond rank in Rocket League
- January 3, 2019
- Hold Katharine’s hand more
- Learn to drive
- Return to NYC
- Try 3 new foods
- Cubano sandwich
Ship a personal project
- The Treemendous podcast, April 26, 2019
- Read 40 books
- Ongoing - 14/40
As of writing I’ve completed 3/10 with four more in active progress.
There’s a piece of wisdom I’ve heard while working with Allen that has stuck with me and I’ll paraphrase here:
If we accomplish all of our goals we probably weren’t ambitious enough
There’s a tight balance between accomplishing too much and not accomplishing enough. I won’t be satisfied if the year ends with me at 30% completion rate but I know that as long as I continue working towards them I’ll be happy with the effort I gave.