At the beginning of the year, I wrote down some goals for 2016. The year has come and gone, so it’s not a bad idea to have a bit of a look at how things went.
1. Post something here every Friday
I did pretty well at this for a while, up until late August. But as the year wore on it felt more and more that I was writing just for the sake of checking off a repeating to-do item, rather than writing a goal in and of itself.
Not only did I feel that in the quality of what I was writing, I think this started injecting stress into my life. That, of course, is bad.
I also found that trying to get some words up on screen every week took time away from working on some of the projects (writing or otherwise) that I really wanted to work on.
I’m going to continue with a less-frequent schedule, putting up a minimum of one article a month. I’m also going to try posting to Break Before Make more often—it’s been sorely neglected.
2. Post to a journal at least once every day
I discussed this six months ago. Maybe I’ll try a written journal, just because I like working on my penmanship, but honestly, it felt like something taken on because someone said it was a good idea, rather than because I found that it worked for me.
3. Make real progress towards my Mac app
I founded a company five years ago with the intention of releasing this.
While I’ve made no real inroads in the actual coding, I have made a pretty important decision regarding the focus of the app. I think this pivot will help more people, so I’ve fleshed out a bit of a roadmap for it.
I’m making 2017 the year it finally sees the light of day.
4. Contribute to open-source projects
Not much here. I did help update a library for Swift 3 but that wasn’t really much of a contribution, I don’t think—it was mainly more of a “fix what the Xcode migration assistant broke” kind of fix.
I also open-sourced my first iOS app, but haven’t really done much with that, either. It’s still more-or-less in burning-dumpster-fire state, which is to say, it really looks like a first iOS app.
5. Get in better shape
I did pretty well at running at least a couple of times a week between end of March and mid-October. Once the snow—or worse, freezing rain—started coming down, however, that trend kind of tapered off.
I miss it, so I’ve registered at a gym with an indoor track and a pool.
Onwards and upwards
Any day is a good day to make changes, because we live in a state of flux. So, despite missing marks and/or changing course over the last year, I’m still going to set some goals for the next year:
As I said, I’m registering at a gym down the street from where I live, where I can do both strength and cardiovascular training. I’m not getting any younger, and holy crap am I feeling it.
Typically, when I start getting more physically active, everything else falls into place: sleeping longer, eating better, making better decisions.
Citius, Altius, Fortius.
My iOS apps, despite their neglected state, are about helping people make smarter decisions about their money. My Mac app has the same goal, albeit a bit more involved.
By the way: as they haven’t been updated in a while, I’ve made the iOS apps free. Give them a try.
In a good chunk of my writing, I tend to explore themes related to getting better. Generally, if I’m writing about it, it’s because it’s something that I struggle with, or that I’m trying to improve.
Rather than forcing that with weekly posts, I intend on posting longer-form, better-cited articles, at least once a month.
Here’s to the next 365 days. I truly hope they’re full of love, laughter, and health for you.