2020 Goals and Resolutions

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2019 year in review - 2020 Goals and ResolutionsWe’re solidly into 2020 now, the general public have their resolutions set and are running on them. Last 12 months, I didn’t get them executed till overdue February. This 12 months I’m already forward of the sport as I’ve maximum of them defined.

Outlined is the operative phrase. I don’t them totally arranged. Hopefully by means of the top of the month, I will be able to put them into a beautiful spreadsheet like Joe from Retire By 40 does. For now, I’m simply satisfied to have a number of spaces to paintings on and have them damaged into months.

Here we move (in no specific order):

Lazy Man and Money Goals

I’ve numerous targets with this weblog. I wish to put extra of a concern than I’ve on it over the previous few years. I’m doing such a lot different stuff that it’s been tough. I will be able to be extra environment friendly with my time. Here are a few things I’m having a look at:

Content Audit

With 14 years of running a blog now, I’ve were given numerous outdated articles that frankly aren’t excellent. Blogging in 2006 used to be about expressing an concept temporarily. It wasn’t about having a completely polished article that you could learn in a magazine. The concept used to be to get comments and start a dialogue. Nowadays, this is going on on Twitter and Facebook. Blogging at the moment is ready having a complete polished article of greater than 2000 phrases. Many of my articles in 2006-2007 have been about 300-400 phrases.

A content material audit is when a writer is going again and appears to be like on the outdated articles and says, “Is this still useful today? Is it polished? Can I make this better?” I wish to do that with all my outdated articles. It can be very peculiar if I didn’t be informed the rest over the past 14 years, so I must have the ability to make the articles higher. One instance of that is my article on making an investment in apartment lodges.

For 2020, I’d like to select 365 days every month and do a content material audit on it. It’s an excessively competitive objective to take on an entire 12 months of content material in only one month, however the rest is an growth. Maybe in 2021, I do it in every single place once more. With most effective 12 months to the 12 months, I received’t get to the overall 14 years of content material, however the remaining 12 months or two of content material is fashionable sufficient.

Get Active in Social Media

I’m lively on Twitter. I’d like to develop my 6,500 fans to 10,000, however I’m now not actively researching methods to do it. Maybe one month in 2020, I will be able to glance up techniques to develop your Twitter account. That turns out affordable despite the fact that the analysis doesn’t result in any motion and not anything comes of it.

I’d choose to be informed extra about Pinterest. I’ve outsourced my Pinterest account prior to now, however it sort of feels not possible to retain any individual. Also, it in most cases prices loads of greenbacks a month, and I’m now not positive I’m ready to get a go back on that spending. I used to be hoping to rent any person who may just ensure me effects or a minimum of make it a vital a part of the cost, however everybody rejected me. It turns out that many Pinterest consultants don’t consider in themselves to force visitors.

I’d additionally cherish to do extra with Instagram and Facebook. I don’t do a lot with them now so this is able to be a low bar to succeed in.

Since there are about 4 services and products, I be expecting to spend 1 / 4 of the 12 months rotating thru them monthly with my focal point.

Other Lazy Man and Money Stuff

I wish to perform a little design upgrades. I’m now not positive how related my Feedburner quantity is thinking about it used to be close down in 2012.

I additionally wish to succeed in out to extra bloggers to collaborate with them. I’ve already began on that with a couple of. My objective is to do one thing with Three-Five bloggers a month – optimistically numerous new ones who I don’t essentially communicate to on social media.

Finally, I’d love to submit 100 articles right here this 12 months. That’s two every week, which will probably be tough, particularly if I’m visitor posting on different websites. At Retireby means of40, Joe makes use of an educational device, the place if he get 85 he’ll give himself a B. I feel I’ll undertake the similar right here, as a result of I don’t suppose I’ll get an A+ in this because of holidays and different existence interruptions.


It wouldn’t be a New Year’s Resolution with out one thing associated with well being, proper?


This 12 months, I’ve created a spreadsheet of a number of other wholesome actions that I will be able to do or may just do. There a nutrition facet with such things as intermittent fasting, devour one low/no-carb meal, have considered one of my tremendous protein shakes, and many others. It’s anyone factor that’s in my excessive nutrition. For the remaining a number of years I wouldn’t do any of them in a normal day, so if I will be able to get considered one of them for many days, I’ll be doing neatly.


On the opposite facet of the spreadsheet, I’ve a listing of frame/workout pieces. They come with such things as operating, weights, push-ups, and even brushing/flossing/flouriding. I depend the enamel and the push-u.s.a. part issues. That method, despite the fact that it’s raining and I will be able to’t make it to the gymnasium, I must nonetheless have the ability to do push-ups and take superior care of my enamel. Like the nutrition pieces above, I hadn’t been the most efficient of doing this in 2019, so monitoring and scoring issues must inspire to do extra.

Overall, I’d like to finish 2020 having ran a 5K with a stretch objective of operating Five miles. I’d additionally love to lose 20-25 kilos to get my BMI in a wholesome vary. I had ballooned up over the vacations, however up to now I’m down Five kilos. Losing weight is all the time a troublesome one, however optimistically my spreadsheet of nutrition and workout helps to keep me responsible. That may even assist you run a 5K.


Last 12 months, I aimed to declutter one house of the home every month. I used to be a hit most effective part the time with this. Half is healthier than not anything and regardless of including extra stuff as we all the time appear to do, issues are much less cluttered than they have been a 12 months in the past. That objective is identical this 12 months.

In addition to that, I’m including two extra decluttering plans:

  1. Post Five+ pieces on Ebay/Craigslist/Facebook Marketplace/and many others. a month – My spouse has been doing this prior to now, however I wish to give a contribution. I don’t know if the issues I publish will promote, however that’s the objective through the years.
  2. Do a browser tab declutter 3x a month – I’ve been recognized to stay loads of browser tabs open. That’s merely now not helpful. I wish to take a couple of hours a month and simply trim down all of the outdated stuff that I assumed can be fascinating “one day.”


I’m nonetheless running on what I need to do for this phase. The most effective factor I know is that the Pomodoro Technique works neatly for me, however I combat to stay the use of it. I need to measure what number of days I will be able to do it every month. If I will be able to do it 20 occasions a month, it will be nearly highest since I wouldn’t apply it to the weekends.


Usually, I’ve a host of items that I need the youngsters to be informed. This 12 months they’re getting sufficiently old to inform me what they need to do… and that they don’t need to perform a little issues. The six 12 months outdated is in most cases open to the rest, whilst the 7 12 months outdated is beginning to turn into very choosy.

One of my targets is to fret extra coding toys. I feel we will have to personal each and every robotic or youngsters pc path by means of now. I feel a few of it’s beginning to paintings, however it’s a little bit gradual going at this age. I used to be satisfied to search out this Artie 3000 which teaches Logo, highest for youngsters this age.

We’ll have to look what else we will do.

Money Goals

Since this site is all about cash, you’d suppose I’d have some huge cash targets. Unfortunately, I don’t. Our financial savings are in large part tied to the inventory and actual property markets. I don’t suppose it is smart to create a objective round one thing you’ll be able to’t keep an eye on.

We’ll do the standard saving and making an investment like we do annually. That’s now not a lot of a objective because it’s been on autopilot for goodbye.

This 12 months, I’d love to get an property plan and all of the paperwork that compliment it in combination. I’ve attempted to try this prior to now, however I bumped into blockers that didn’t make it imaginable. (I’m now not going to get into specifics of why.)

One cash objective is to make $75,000 running from house. I got here with reference to that during 2019, falling simply 10-20% quick. Maybe I will be able to in finding yet one more freelancing gig or one thing else that I will be able to monetize. That’s an inexpensive objective, proper?

Special Projects

Every 12 months, I’ve a couple of longer term initiatives of items that I’d cherish to do. I’ve reasonably a couple of issues that I feel are fascinating, however none that excite me. That manner it’s going to be tough for me to prioritize them. However, listed here are a couple of and optimistically, I will be able to put extra idea into this by means of the primary document in February.

  • Create a Long-term Bucket List – It turns out like bucket lists come herbal to people. They need to swim with dolphins or hike in Australia. I don’t have too many of this stuff. Maybe it’s as a result of I merely don’t experience trip. Maybe it’s as a result of touring with younger youngsters isn’t simple. I must have the ability to get a hold of some issues regardless that, proper? Maybe there’s a site of crowdsourced bucket lists the place I will be able to get concepts.
  • Improve my Japanese – In 2019, I finished round 250 consecutive days of Japanese with Duolingo. As spectacular as that sounds, I will be able to’t say a lot. I wish to spend greater than Five mins an evening and it wouldn’t harm to make use of different equipment like the ones recommended by means of Adam at MinaFi. At the similar time, I’m now not keen about finding out Japanese. The Five mins an evening could also be a great way to make gradual, sluggish enhancements over a very long time, which fits me simply wonderful.
  • Create a YouTube Channel – This is the only I’m maximum keen about. I need to discover ways to movie and edit video. (If you will have ideas on methods to absolute best do that on Windows, please depart a remark). I’ve two kid actors, age 6 and 7 who would like to place on productions. I really like the theory of them getting extra at ease in entrance of a digicam. I don’t suppose we’ll make a channel that brings in important cash, however finding out the talents can most effective lend a hand us all one day.
  • Self Publish a Book – I’ve Three or four concepts of books that I feel would do in reality neatly. I’m now not positive if I’m ever going to have the time to place all of it in combination particularly with all of the paintings I need to do for Lazy Man and Money. However, it will be just right to have a product to promote at the web site. It would lend a hand with my source of revenue targets.

Final Thoughts

There’s so much right here, greater than sufficient to stay me busy for a 12 months. I’m now not positive the way it’s going to head, however I’m banking at the per month updates maintaining me going.

So a long way, I’ve executed neatly on many of the well being targets this 12 months, however I’ve fallen in the back of on the entirety else. I feel it can be as a result of I’ve that a part of my spreadsheet arrange and little else. The duty is straightforward. We haven’t had an afternoon but this 12 months the place any person in the home wasn’t ill, so my time table has been off.

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