Last year I made some resolutions (like I do every year) in my post “Time for some resolutions”. Last year there were 7 including one ridiculously easy one, and a couple of really nebulous ones.
#2: Eliminate unecessary things
#3: Only pursue projects that make money
#4: Learn to say no
#5: Get a doctor. Go to doctor. Look after your health.
#6: Go away.
#7: Be better
How’d I do?
I did 1, 4, and 5. Started on #2 (although let’s be honest, 90% of the things I own are unecessary). Made some headway on #3. Had no money for #6, and #7 was a silly, nebulous resolution.
Here are my five resolutions for this year. They’re better defined than last year, and there’s only five of them. These don’t include the obvious ones like “be better at work”, or “learn more css”, or “take Kaylin to movies”. Those are just common sense.
1: Get our finances in order
Will, financial plan, better insurance. All of it will be taking place this year. We should also make a debt reduction plan, and figure out a 5 year plan…because five years go by in the blink of an eye.
2: Get organized
I’m starting this weekend with the beginning of building our built in shelving unit, but we need some proper storage in the basement, and some better closet solutions for our closet and for Kaylin’s bedroom.
3: Get in better shape
I ended 2007 nearly at my all time heaviest. I’d like it if that were the end of that nonsense. My goal for this year is to lose 20% of my weight. I need to be down under 200 by this time next year.
4: Learn a new language:
I would like to learn PHP and mySQL this year. I tried to learn asp.NET, but it blew my brain up. PHP seems like it might be something I could use to do quick little things and not have to learn a whole compiled programming language to fix a form field.
I’ve been learning a couple of new content management solutions like Drupal for GarsideWeb (which isn’t official yet), and Pligg for ComicLift. Maybe I can transfer some of this knowledge to my day job?
5: Make my businesses better
I don’t have a ton of time to put into HeadsDown and All New Comics, but the time I do dedicate to them should be better spent. Not so much surfing of the nets, more actual work on them when I’m supposed to be.
For All New Comics I need to:
5.1 – Launch the new skin (design was finished in June last year)
5.2 – Get my books in order with some software (I bought Simply Accounting, but never used it)
5.3 – Create a marketing plan
5.4 – Fix the annoying bugs (like the credit card transactions and moving to a dedicated server)
For HeadsDown I need to:
5.5 – Launch new site (I’ve had a design done for 2 years)
5.6 – Fix the little CMS bugs
5.7 – Create a marketing plan
5.8 – Get a new server for storing stuff