Goals for 2008

Yesterday, Cal Evans blogged about his goals for the New Year, and a lot of them sound like the same things that have been going through my mind as my own personal goals. Well, I normally don’t make resolutions, and when I do think of things I want to accomplish, I almost never write them down or keep track of them, which inevitably leads to failure.

So, this time, I’m jotting them down here as much as a way for me to keep track of them as it is for me to share with others. Many of these sound like echoes of Cal’s post, so I apologize. Get over it.

  • Lose 20 lbs.
    As Cal mentioned in his post, this is invariably the New Year’s Resolution of resolutions. Back in 2006, I did manage to lose 20 lbs. using Weight Watchers online. However, I’ve gained about 10 of those pounds back, and, so I’d like to lose 20 lbs. and get down to my ideal weight.

  • Work out and eat healthy meals
    This follows closely along the heals of my resolution to lose weight. It’s all part of a healthier lifestyle that I’d like to adopt.

  • One blog post per week in 2008
    This is a direct echo of one of Cal’s goals. In my mind, I was thinking that I’d like to do at least two posts a week, but I don’t think I can commit to that, so I’m going to try for one post a week. This isn’t something that I have to do, but something I want to do, especially since I do have a lot of topics always running through my head to blog about. I just need to put forth the effort and make the time to write.

  • Write one new article per month
    Now, I’m beginning to sound like I’m copying Cal’s post entirely, but it’s true. This is a goal that I’ve been mulling over for some time now.

  • Be a active contributor to the PHP project
    This year, I would like to step up my contributions to the PHP project by contributing more to the documentation, working on several PECL extensions, and submitting some patches to the PHP core.

  • Jumpstart a variety of PHP community projects
    There are a handful of PHP community projects in which I am involved that are somewhat stagnant. I want to do my part to get them rolling, active, and healthy again.

  • Learn a new language
    I have my sights set on German. By the end of this year, I’d love to be able to carry a simple conversation in German.

  • Be more organized
    I used to carry around a Moleskine notebook. Actually, I still do, but I rarely write in it, and I find it a difficult instrument to organize my notes and ideas. Instead, I’ve created a personal wiki in which I’ve begun logging thoughts, notes, TODOs, scrap writings, research, etc. I want to expound on this and continue to record my observations and use the wiki to help organize my life.

  • Kill my TODO list
    I have a TODO list a mile long of things that need to be done around our house/yard. I want to finish up everything on the list this year.

  • Pay off debts and begin investing
    To this end, I’ve already opened up some high-yield investor checking and brokerage accounts, and I’ve been working to make a dent in my debts. By the end of the year, I want to have most of my debt paid off, and I’d love to have a clear investment plan in place.

  • Work towards finishing my Masters
    Finally, I started a Masters in Applied Computer Science program a few years ago, but I never finished. I’d like to return to school later this year and begin working towards finishing my degree.

So, those are my goals. They seem pretty daunting at this point, but at least I’ve got them jotted down somewhere, and now I can keep up with them. In a year, I’ll check back and see what I was able to accomplish. I hope I’ll be able to say I met all of my goals, but only time will tell. I’ll need to quit being so lazy first. :-)