Wednesday, December 24, 2008

2009 Goals

If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do and how to do it. – Abraham Lincoln

Well the 2009 goals are starting to take shape. I am getting better at developing smart (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) goals. In 2008 I did OK with date night, bicycling and poker goals. I faltered on weight loss and pursuing activities with friends. The rest were a mixed bag. The core focuses of 2008 were Relationship, Career, Health, Hobbies, Friends and Family. This year I am culling the list to focus on Relationship, Health, Hobbies and Family.

That is not to say that career and friends are not important, but they are no longer a development area which I intend to succeed in. Relationship and Family are very important, but unfortunately quality time like date night and cutting back on television are the only goals I feel like I can control. I hope it is a stepping stone to being less moody and judgmental. Health I have a little more control over, but instead of setting a weight loss target like last year (instead of losing 10 lbs, I gained 1), I want to focus on eating better and quantity of workouts which are more controllable indicators. Finally hobbies are where I have the most control and I am again shooting for a 20% decrease in casino poker hours (not including the drive). I am also including the flyer to participate in 3 endurance events.

With the new baby due in February and my wife on maternity leave, it will be interesting to see how my priorities change and what new items float to the top. The economic downturn also poses career challenges as well as stimulus to control hobbies spending. I have neglected my spiritual and mental well being and that has trickled over through other aspects of my life. Maybe 2009 will offer more reflection.

2009 is limited to 8 goals (down from 11) and includes 2 carryover goals. The new goals of completing 40 swim workouts and tracking and increasing protein intake by 3% are stepping stones towards weight loss. Tracking quality time with the kids versus television time and improving the ratio 5% quarter over quarter is more appropriate than vacation goals. While vacations are important, they are not necessarily strived towards on a regular basis. Stay tuned for the quarterly update March end.

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