This year I will…

Travel more

  • Travel outside the US at least once, and outside California at least twice. I met this one last year, but this is an on-going target, not just something for this year.
  • Take more day and weekend trips, at least one every two months.

Be green

  • I plan to go 95% paperless at home within the couple months. I will implement a scan-and-shred policy for things I need to keep, and finish my transition to fully automated/paperless billing and banking.
  • Use scratch paper more and print maps and things less. Use cloth napkins instead of paper.

Work smarter

  • Not get a full-time job: Freelancing is more fun and much more rewarding than working full time, providing I can keep enough business coming in.
  • Create a sustainable income of at least 2/3 my regular salary by the end of April, and 100% (or more!) by the end of the year.
  • Create at least two sources of passive income.

Be healthy

  • Get more exercise, especially now that I’m working from home. I will ride my bike more often and maybe take up yoga or another form of regular exercise.
  • On a related note, pay more attention to proper ergonomics when working at home. I don’t have a desk but do have a dining room table, so there’s no reason to mess up my back and neck by sitting on the sofa when I’m working.
  • Eat out less often. We do pretty good here already but at the end of the day we sometimes just don’t have the time or energy to cook. We need to plan our meals better so this doesn’t happen, and also cook enough that we’ve got plenty of leftovers for lunches through the week.


Zac says:

Hey, sounds like some great plans for the new years. I am right on board with the second and third (they will be on my mind this year too).

It is soo easy to just work away and not take care of ourselves with the proper exercise. I have really appreciated Iyengar yoga. It has helped correct the programmer’s posture tendencies some of us have on the computer.

Great luck in the new year! p.s. I stumbled here from the FreelanceSwitch foum. Thanks for the great posts there.

Kenn Christ says:

Hi Zac, thanks for stopping by.

I hadn’t heard of Iyengar before (San Francisco is a Birkram town) but I’ll keep it in mind if I decide to get into yoga this year. To be honest, I know almost nothing about it at this point, except that it sounds like something I could really use, for both the mental and physical benefits.