I’m tired. I have a headache. A week in the woods, not sleeping well and maybe a couple too many cocktails helped me ring in the new year last night. And yet, here I am hungover, exhausted and wanting nothing more than to crawl back in bed but I’m writing this anyway. Why?
Because I told myself I would.
I’ve been working for the last few months on my plan for this year. I’ve been quantifying the way and pace at which I work, prioritizing the things I’d like to accomplish and transforming things I’d like to do into measurable, actionable plans.
I’ve never been one to set resolutions. Or, if I have, I’ve never been one to stick to them. Resolutions are nothing more than wishes… ones that go mostly unfulfilled. But I wanted this year to be different. I wanted to finally do the things I’ve been saying I would do for years and, in some cases, for as long as I can remember.
I also wanted to have a plan. Not just a pie in the sky monkish plan of tireless labor and effort, but a realistic plan based upon and grounded in the reality of my life. Over the next few days I’ll break down each of the following goals and how I went about setting them and devising a manageable, realistic plan for achieving them, but today is about accountability.
I wanted to put these ambitious plans out into the world so that I could no longer keep them buried in my mind and on my laptop.
Here’s what I’m planning to do in 2016:
- Write 8.5 books in no more than 30 minutes a day, six days a week.
- Write 366 journal entries. (It’s a leap year)
- Run a 5K starting from the couch; do 100 push-ups, 200 crunches and 100 squats; swim a mile starting from next to no ability; do my first and build up to 20 pull-ups; and take on a class-based fitness challenge – all in less than 35 minutes of daily activity.
- Write 300 blog posts (only 299 more to go!)
- Read 26 books.
- Interview 26 people I admire.
- Learn Spanish, Italian and German (in no more than 10 minutes a day)
- Save an extra $5,000 before Christmas (without killing myself)
- Not miss dinner, games and family activities (not letting the above goals interfere)
Is it ambitious? You bet. But it’s also manageable. I’ll share how I plan to do it and update progress here. I’ll also share stories of other people who are taking on the things they want by building smart plans as I go.
I hope you’ll join me and stay in touch because 2016 is going to be a heck of a year.