New Years Action Plan
January 1, 2009
New Years resolutions are no good unless you take action on them. Rather than make a long list of improvements I’d like to make this year, I’m going to make three specific resolutions and detail how I’ll achieve them.
Exercise Four Days a Week
Managing my career, spending family time, and running this site have taken up almost all of my time for the last two years; which hasn’t left much room for exercise. Some recent health issues reminded me I need to keep myself healthy so I can live longer and avoid big medical bills.
Every day after work I come home and spend time with my son until he goes to bed. Starting next week, 1/5/2009, when I come home he and I will go down into our basement and have our bonding time down there.
There is a big open area in the middle of the room that my wife and I are going to fill with all his extra toys this evening. He can play his heart out with those while I get on the treadmill and workout for at least 30 minutes. When the weather gets nice sometimes we’ll head out in the jogging stroller for a change of pace.
Outsource 3 Major Tasks
As I alluded to earlier my life is short on extra time. I have a lot of things I want to accomplish but the end of the day always comes too soon leaving me with many things unfinished.
I’ve come to the realization that I can’t achieve my goals purely through my own effort so I’m going to outsource at least three major tasks this year to help me get more accomplished.
I’m working now on planning a tool that will help me find the right people for the things I decide to outsource.
The first thing I’m going to outsource is the creation of the tool. I’m coming up with the requirements and the data model and I’ll hire someone to build it for me. I already have someone in mind but if you’re a PHP programmer looking for a project, shoot me your info via my contact form.
I will have the tool built before our baby is born this Spring. The second major task, still to be determined, will be outsourced by July and the third by October 2009.
Limit Myself to 3 Projects & Complete One a Month
My wife says I have issues with closure, and I’m afraid I have to agree with her. I’m great at starting projects but not stellar at completing them. I have a Masters Degree in Project Management and successfully managed many simultaneous software projects at my old job, I should be able to do a better job of managing my personal projects.
My solution will help me with both focus and closure.
Focus – I’ll keep a list on the whiteboard next to my computer of all the projects I want to work on. Each week I’ll pick three of those projects and only work on those projects that week – no other projects allowed. (And my wife is not allowed to add any projects to my list)
Closure – I will complete one project a month. That may mean I have to focus on the same 3 projects each week in order to get one done a month, I’ll just have to see how things go.
At the start of each month, beginning today, I’ll pick the project that I MUST finish by the end of the month. The project will get a star next to it on the whiteboard and MUST be removed from the board by the end of the month.
Action Plan Virus
Okay so I have the New Years Action plan bug. I’ll spread the virus around a little to my fellow Money Writers and to some other personal finance sites:
- Debt Kid
- Sharon from Frugal Duchess
- Clever Dude
- Ginger from Girls Just Want to Have Funds
- David from Money Ning
- Kay from Don’t Mess With Taxes
- Cap from Stop Buying Crap
- Map Girls Fiscal Challenge
- J Money from Budgets are Sexy
- Plonkee Money
I double dog dare any of these gals or guys to help make next year more successful by writing their own New Years Action Plan! People say that girls are better planners than guys, let’s see whether more girls or guys come up with an action plan….
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