Goals for 2009

Today Steve Smith, one of the Microsoft Regional Directors in the Heartland District, posted about his achievement of his goals for 2008, and how he was putting together his list for 2009.

It got me thinking about how I have actually never done this. I mean, I have goals, but I’ve never really thought about them on an annual basis. So, thanks to Steve, you get to see my list here. Here we go:

1. Lose 40 pounds.

I don’t know how I can be more clear about this one. I don’t consider myself fat, but I certainly have some weight to lose. I’ve steadily gained 4-5 pounds a year since I graduated high school, and enough’s enough. I’m a solid 205 right now, and 165 would be a much healthier weight for me.

2. Spend more time with my kids.

As someone fortunate enough to work from home, I get to spend more time with my kids than most people, I think. I mean, I eat lunch with them nearly every day. But I don’t feel like we “do” stuff together. I want that to change this year. It’s gotta be less about the time, and more about the activity. I don’t have a specific metric on this one, but writing it down will likely inspire me to follow through on it.

3. Post 100 times to my blog.

2008 was the busiest year for my blog, and I had 92 posts. I can do better, and it should only help me to achieve my next goal. This Friday, January 9th, will be my 3rd anniversary of blogging. It’s taken me almost 3 years to really understand the platform, find my voice, and become relevant. Here’s to executing on my newly found wisdom in 2009.

4. Get 1000 subscribers to my blog.

Some may think that I write posts to my blog because I want to share my knowledge and experiences with the world. My friends, it’s all about the numbers. There’s something inside me (my ego) that can’t wait to see the statistics the day after a great blog post. Don’t get me wrong, if the content’s not good, the traffic won’t be there. But I really like knowing that people CHOOSE to read what I write. That’s a cool feeling.

5. Read 10 books.

I read everything. Newspapers, magazines, the internet, but never books. I don’t know why, but I think it’s because it takes too long. I have a huge set of books on my bookshelves in my office, and I’ll bet I’ve read 7 of them. This includes technical books, novels, whatever. If I could just get myself off of my computer and into a chair with a book, I’d probably be more successful. I hope this one happens.

6. Change the world.

I have talked in small groups about how I want to do something significant enough to warrant a Wikipedia page. I’m not looking to be famous, and I certainly don’t plan to get there by doing something illegal. I want to do something that others would agree, “That should be on Wikipedia.”

7. Never buy another DVD.

I’m having a really hard time embracing this whole Blu-Ray thing when I have so many other options available to me that are physical-media-free. I can get many movies through my Netflix subscription streamed to my Xbox 360. I can watch them on demand though my cable. I can rip them to my hard drive and stream them around my house. Why buy something that is a disposable experience? I have a whole library of DVDs that we NEVER watch. But we keep buying them because we have this need to “own” it. Just like people need to “own” their DRM’d MP3s, I’m starting to think it doesn’t make any sense.

What if, instead of having to buy each individual song/movie/book/etc., you could have the ability to enjoy ALL the songs/movies/books/etcs. for a monthly fee? I’m not going to get on my Zune Pass rant here, but I wouldn’t think twice if there was a $20/month service that let me watch any movie any time I wanted. But it would have to be ANY movie. Not just the pittance that Netflix currently offers. And not just movies from one studio. I’d want all of them. Would you do that?

What are your goals for 2009? I am going to call out 10 people to write their own post, but don’t feel because your name isn’t on this list that you’re not responsible for it as well. You read this post to the end. You’re on the hook too.

Sarah Dutkiewicz

Michael Eaton

Keith Elder

Leon Gersing

Todd Kaufman

John Kellar

Joe O’Brien

John Stockton

Alan Stevens

Tim Wingfield

4 thoughts on “Goals for 2009

  1. I highly recommend “Body for Life” by Bill Phillips, former trainer for the Denver Broncos. http://tinyurl.com/a84bbsThe best tip I got from the book: The first 10 minutes don’t count. It turns out that during the first 10 minutes of your workout, you’re burning the glucose in your bloodstream. It’s not until you burn that off that you will start burning the fat reserves in your body. I used to do 20 minutes on an elliptical, but upped it to 30 minutes after learning that. Makes a difference.

  2. Yeah, we never watch the majority of our DVDs either. About the only ones that we’ve gotten our money out of were the Star Wars, Matrix and Lord of the Rings sets we bought. That said, I must admit I was blown away by the eye-popping, crystal clarity of the Blu-Ray display I walked by in a Circuit City on Christmas Eve. It made me want one.

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