I've never been somebody who spent much time or energy thinking about my goals for the upcoming year but for some strange reason I feel compelled to do so this year. So here they are, n general I'm just looking to enjoy each and every day and not worry much (if at all) about the past or future.
Develop more Patience - friends, family and colleagues can tell you, I lack patience. Since having a child its improved, I like to think a lot :), but I have a LONG way to go in this respect and want to be mindful of this more often as I find its also an important courtesy to those around you. How will I do it? That's a great question, for one I will work on mental repetitions to deflect frustration as it comes about. Furthermore I'll work on identifying this as soon as it occurs, which to be frank I didn't do a good job of today as I had to rebuild my outlook (migration day :( ) and effectively sign up as a new employee as we migrated company HR systems as well (yah, it wasn't the most productive day at work which was even more frustrating given all the things going on). At any rate that is/was no excuse, and its important to me to continue to grow here in 2011.
Exercise - I ran approximately 400 total miles in '10 (kept track via iPhone app called RunKeeperPro - great app if you have an iOS device and like to run, ski, bike, etc) but as I've gotten older I feel slower, tend to get ill more frequently (ok that's probably the lack of sleep and 22 month year old), and generally are waking up to the realization that I'm not the athlete I once fancied myself as. So in '11 I want to exceed 500 miles running, participate in a basketball league (I miss competition) and hike at least once a week (on average) from early spring through early fall.
Health - Thanks to my amazing wife, I started to eat much better in '05/'06, there was a major upgrade in '10 as I started to become a significant contributor of our meals (as my wife took on more of the child care duties each night). However I want to make a conscious effort in '11 to cut down on my gross daily caloric intake (I eat way too much), produce (by planting & harvesting) more of our own food and be less wasteful in general. That also means composting, adding some additional vegetable beds, take more care with our food and taking the time to eat good food as much as I possibly can.
Sleep - I've never cared about or tracked how much I slept, but I hate the bags that have developed under my eye's, and I know (whether its true or not) that sleep plays heavily into my patience and health (two other resolutions), so my goal is to average seven & a half hours sleep a night for the year. If I do that I will be more patient by default, lose the bags and be significantly more healthy, so in some ways this should be the #1 resolution since it solves two others at the same time.
Son Sport - What I mean by this is discover at least one activity that I can do with my son this year and do it at least three times a week. It can be putting together puzzles, throwing a ball, running around the yard but it needs to be organized and interactive. The goal is simply to find something we can bond around because at the current rate, I'm just a dad in name only, and I'd hate for '11 to end and I'm still just an authority figure he calls dad.
Work Success - 2010 was one of my least productive work years, in my opinion. I put in big hours and there wasn't a lack of effort but the role I was in didn't leverage my strengths and unfortunately focused too much on areas of weakness. We made some adjustments in the second half that put the company and myself in better positions. So in '11 my goal is to be more productive as measured by delivering on expectations and the opportunities within my control.
To accomplish these things I'm going to watch less television, linger less on the internet (I'm a huge consumer of crap content) and work towards daily goals, rather than more broad, longer term things.
Anyhow here's wishing you all a great 2011, I think its going to be a very good one.