Don’t set goals

Around the end of one year and the start of the next, a lot of people like to post year in review posts, and they often include goals and plans for the next year. Heck, I did that myself, earlier this year. I was even considering doing that recently, after reading my friend Carrie’s year in review post. However, after reading this article by James Clear, I’m convinced to focus instead on what kinds of systems I can put in place, instead of setting arbitrary goals to achieve. For instance, I’ve been tossing around the idea of writing a book on using Git with WordPress. Several people have even asked me to do so, so I feel confident that there’s a good chance of a market for it. However, instead of setting a goal of writing that book in 2014, I’m going to instead just write about using Git with WordPress once a week. It doesn’t matter how much I write – just something, at least once a week. That could be a tiny little tip, a problem I encountered that week and how to solve it, etc. I’m going to take the two-minute rule very literally.

So, that’s it. That’s the system I’m going to follow next year. Write about Git, once a week. Yes, that seems ridiculously simple, and doesn’t even scratch the surface as far as all that I really want to do and accomplish. However, it’s very specific, and very achievable.

What about you? What system are you going to put in place?

Goals for 2013

In the spirit of “those who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them”:

  • Write frequently (at least two times a week).
  • Exercise consistently (at least two times a week).
  • Consistently wake up early. For me, right now, this means before 6am.
  • Earn money from something other than client work (book(s), one-time software product(s), SaaS, etc.).

These are my (public) goals for 2013.