I want to keep an account of my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions and a bit of public accountability should help me along by posting them up to a blog.
Launch a profitable web based product.
This would at least pay the mortgage. Current income from products: £0
Complete* a project every 3 months.
I am terrible at focusing on things. I have many half finished projects and ideas in the pipeline. A project could be an open source project, a web app, research and customer development into an idea. Projects started but not finished: 5
Loose 1 stone of weight.
Current Weight: 13 stone (ish)
Run a marathon.
I would ideally aim for under 4 hours but that may be too ambitious, having said that, I have done a couple of half marathons before. not run in about 4 months
Complete 25 pull-ups in a row.
I am going to use the P90x program to get in shape for this goal and I will periodically test how many consecutive pull-ups I can do. Pull-up count: 0
Consistently spend more quality time with my family.
Learn to bake bread.
Bake a loaf a week for 3-6 months.
Eat only ethical meat for 1 year.
This means no more KFC and questioning where meat is sourced in restaurants. Ideally the meat should also be organic. I’ve given it a target of one year but I really want this to be a change in lifestyle.
learn to drive.
create a new habit every month.
The last resolution, but probably the most powerful. Remember when you were a child in the playground and the other children asked “If you were granted one wish what would you wish for”. If you were clever you would ask for unlimited wishes, this is kind of like that.
I read Leo Babauta’s The power of Less ages ago. It’s a good book that I would highly recommend about forming habits. This year I have decided to use the ideas in the book to develop a habit every month.
I have a few habits lined up: drink more water, create a mourning and evening routine, watch less tv, blog more consistently.
Here is some evidence that my resolutions are underway.
A white loaf proving on the window ledge.