Over the past few years I’ve started the year off with a look back at what happened in the past year and again I looked forward to what the new year held. I typically set out some goals which I have had some, but not great, success with. This year I think the format will be similar but when it comes to the goals I will separate them out and deal with them one (possibly two) at a time. I find that attempting to do too much at once just slows the process down for everything.
Another thing I’ve done in the past is given the upcoming year a theme or a title. Last year it was the Year of Less and for me this year is going to be the Year of Recovery. There are a few areas of my life that while they are not bad or broken they are also not in as good shape as I would like.So 2011 will be the year where these areas of my life recover (as much as they can).
At a high level this Year of Recovery for me will fall into a few areas that I’ll be working on and they are:
This one is pretty easy – I smoke and I’m not in the best physical shape. Thankfully I’m also not completely out of shape and struggling. This is one of those areas that falls into the not horrible but not nearly as good as they could be. The really big one here will be to drop the smoking; its something I’ve been mentally gearing towards for a while now and this year will be the year this happens. From the health and wellness I’d like to get more exercise on a regular basis and eat better but quitting smoking is first and most important.
I think I need to take more time for myself and get some downtime to start with. My job is mentally challenging and I quite like that but at the same time its also very demanding so turning the work off in the evening (mentally) can be tough. I’m not exactly sure what I’ll do about this just yet but I definitely want get some recovery from the day to day in there. Now it might sound like a contradiction but I also want to stretch myself but not in any of the ways that I’m already doing. I want to learn something new. Essentially I want to bring in some of the concepts of Lifestyle Design that people like Tim Ferriss subscribe to.
One of the drawbacks to working long hours and having a little one is that you very often don’t get a chance to see your friends as much as you’d like. At least this is the case of me – I have lots of friends but we’ve all become so busy that we simply don’t get to see each other. This is something that has hung heavily on my shoulders for a while because I really do enjoy seeing my friends and this year my social life will definitely undergo some recovery.
For me this is one of the more important areas of my life that needs to under go some recovery; and again it’s not an area that is hurting but it is definitely an area that could be a lot better. I write a personal finance blog so it seems a bit counter intuitive that my finances are not in perfect order – part of this is learning and understanding where the issues are and finding out what options are available (sometimes too many options becomes the problem). My wife and I are both in agreement on this one and 2011 will not be a year of wasted money on things we do not need or care about. We are already working on this and I am going to start my more specific goals with this area of my life.
I haven’t covered areas of my life that I’m happy with just ones where I’d like to focus on and improve. I definitely want this year to be a great one and I will share my successes and failures on this site, though I’ll probably focus on my financial ones (it is a Personal Finance blog after all). I wish everyone all the best in 2011!