And in with the new

Going into the new year I’ve set a new group of goals that will be my primary focus.  I also have a few unwritten goals that I’m mulling about.  The one thing I may do different this year is a mid-year check to see where I am and if the stated goals match up to the direction life seems to be pulling me.

1.  Lose more weight.  Ideally my weight should be somewhere around 185, but I’ve got a long way to go before I get there.  My goal for this year is to get somewhere between 250 and 260 which is very attainable(roughly 1 – 2 lbs per week).  No earth shattering plans:  Eat better foods.  Eat food in sensible quantities.  Exercise more.

2.  Get the established webcast sounding more professional.  Part of this is actually producing ID’s and liners as well as pulling together playlists and shows.  The other part is to parse through my music collection.  I have a personal standard of what musical content I’m willing to broadcast.  I’ve got some music that doesn’t fall into those self imposed standards.  I’m sure I may have more, but I haven’t done an intentional, comprehensive listening to find out.  I’d like to get 50% of the way through cataloging for those standards by the end of the year.

3.  Get one major debt paid off.  We’ve sat down and budgeted all of our money for the entire year for known bills.  The next step is to get a little more saved as I know we have some out of the ordinary bills coming up and then take debt down.

I have some other negotiable goals including possibly working on getting Microsoft certifications, more writing here, getting a book completed this year, and a few others I’ll keep to myself for now.  The important thing, for me, is to cut myself some slack when things don’t always match up to where I think they should be.

This past week for example.  I didn’t get anything done as far as blogging at Idiosyncratic Transmissions or here.  I didn’t get much done around the house as far as organizing the office, cataloging music, or getting a better picture of what debt we have.  It was a busy week.  As stressing as that is, it’s only the second week of the year.  There is plenty of time to get things done.  Plus, I made time for my wife and my friends which is more important anyway.

So that’s what’s on the horizon for me.  Plus I’ve committed, in the short term, to use part of my lunch hour each day to just write.  I keep wishing I was a better writer, but I’m not practicing enough so I can’t really complain.  So far, the two days that I’ve written, it has been immensely enjoyable and freeing.  Hopefully I stick with it long enough for it to become a habit.

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