2017 Goals

Clearly I’m a bit behind this year with my goals. These are usually posted on 1/1 but this year, things are different. Different priorities, different timelines, different expectations, still trying to be a better version of myself. So here it is, time to write down the goals and put a plan in action to make it happen! My 2017 Goals!

  • Solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 3 minutes – This one may seem silly and it very much is. But its a brain teaser and something that has sparked a bit of competition at the office. I’m all about camaraderie and I enjoy picking on co-workers as I crush their hopes and dreams in friendly competition 😉
  • Run 365 miles this year Some could call this run a mile everyday but that just isn’t in the cards for me. My hope is when the calendar goes from ’17 to ’18, I have 365 miles under my belt and hopefully a few less pounds on the body. With the running crew at work, I think I can make this a reality. So far I’m on track with a month in. I already have 51 miles under my belt with a couple of months in and cold ass weather here in the midwest.
  • Learn Swift I’ve dipped my toe in learning swift a few times now. But there has always been something that has come up that has distracted me. I’ve recently started the iTunes U course on Developing iOS Apps with Swift. Its been good so far and I’m eager to learn more. Hopefully I can get an app I’ve been wanting to develop off the ground in the process.

3 is a good number of goals given twins, lack of sleep and everything else that seems to crop up. Some are physically challenging, some are mentally challenging, 1 is just dumb. But they’ll give me something to work for along with everything else that happens with life. I’m hopefully a good father, husband, friend and co-worker in the process.

2016 Goals Review

I don’t think I’ve ever done this poorly on my yearly goals. But I have a good reason, a couple of them actually. Please refer back to The Ochos and you’ll fully understand. But…to stay consistent, let’s run through them and see how poorly I did.

  • Learn Swift – FAIL I did some tutorials and the playground activity from the developer portal. I do like what I’ve seen in swift so far. But I’m not proficient in it yet so I consider this one a fail. While I did learn some, the goal was to proficient enough to ship an app or at least attempt an app.
  • 26 posts – Not even close. I got 8. Just didn’t have the time to write with everything else that was happening. Not to mention, I kind of enjoyed checking out a bit at night which I don’t think is a bad thing either.
  • Run Forest, Run! – FAIL – Didn’t make my 300 number but did put up a respectable 222 miles in 2016. Not bad considering I took close to 10 weeks off from running. I did start a running club at work as I only have time to run over the lunch hours it seems and maybe sneak away for a decent run on the weekends.
  • zzzZZZzzz – LOL FAIL FAIL FAIL…I had twins. There have been several nights where an hour of uninterrupted sleep was amazing. Not to mention the several nights I spent at the hospital with Evan during his surgery. Sleep just hasn’t been happening.

0 for 4. An amazing amount of failure. But I learned a lot, the family is growing and striving. The job is good and I’m happy. Overall 2016 was a success.

Now to conquer 2017!

2016 Goals

As in past years, I’m being open and honest about my goals for the year. Keeping yourself accountable is a big part of success so the more people that see this can also call me on excuses as they come up. I’ve never really hit 100% of my goals and I think that’s ok. Goals are meant to stretch you and make you work really hard for something. This makes the reward all the sweeter. So without further ado, my 2016 goals…

  • Learn Swift – In the past I have had items on the list such as ship an app of some sort but I never really had that rock solid idea of what I wanted to do or ship. My wife stated an idea for an app and its been eating at me ever since. I figured that this was as good of a reason as any to start learning swift and see if I could pull off her idea. This app may only be used by me, but it will be a good learning experience and I’ll add another language to the toolbox.
  • 26 posts – Since joining Facebook, I’ve noticed the amount of posts that I’ve been publishing has greatly diminished. If the tags are correct, I’ve posted 5 posts over the past 2 years. This is remarkably low compared to the numbers that I used to put up. Through my goal of learning swift and other things that I’m doing, I should be able to greatly increase the number of posts. My goal is to put out 1 every 2 weeks. Why not 1 / week you ask? Well, I’m not sure I’ll have enough to write about and we’re already talking about a remarkably large increase in the number of posts that I’ve put out in the past.
  • Run Forest, Run! – This goal is pretty much in line with past years. I plan on continuing to run but I’m most likely going to be taking a bit of a break in Jan as the weather turns much colder here in Iowa and I need to do something else for a while. But I plan on passing my numbers from last year and look to keep pace with my 2015 numbers. This time clearing 300 miles and hoping to get 350.
  • zzzZZZzzz – This continues to be a struggle for me. Between learning swift, working on my app idea and everything else that happens with the day job, sleep continues to be a challenge for me. My goal is to still increase the number of hours I sleep. But I’m hoping to move this incrementally. If I can add on 15 minutes from 6.5 to 6.75 hours a night, this would be a huge win. 7 would be great, but I already know its going to be a tough road to get there. Looking for improvement, no matter how small it might be.

So there they are. Learn, Write, Run, and Sleep. Seems pretty simple, we’ll see how it goes. Looking forward to a challenging and rewarding 2016!

2015 Goals Review

Another year and its time to check out the score card on the 2015 goals. This is going to be a rough one folks.

Goal 7 hours.
Actual: 6.5
Grade: C

Goal: a distance race.
Actual: None
Grade: F

Code / Write / Ship!
Goal: Ship something
Actual: None
Grade: F

Make something with my hands
Goal: Make something
Actual: Built a few shelves, added on to the raised garden, created a retaining wall / planting area
Grade: A

Overall, there is a LOT of fail in this review. But…I also did a lot of other stuff this year. Some big stuff, some small. But looking back over the year, it was a good year. While I didn’t sleep as much as I would have liked, it was definitely more than in previous years where I was trying to work a paying job and then work a 2nd job to make it be my full time job. That caused a lot of late nights that I’m still trying to re-program myself from. I’m not a premium FitBit member so I don’t have a down to the minute exact time, but looking through my Fitbit weekly progress reports, it was better than I thought it would be but not over 7 like I had hoped.

Some of the other successes I had this year include:

  • I kept running the entire year and I was able to log just shy of 300 miles (291.3 to be exact). I’m sure if I was training for a big race, this number would be easily doubled. The one thing that I changed towards the end of the year was running before work. It not only got me out of bed and moving, I felt better about my runs on most mornings and the thought of running after putting the kiddo to bed was starting to become a real chore and I was missing runs.
  • Another item on the work out list was the number of steps I’ve taken. I’ve had a fitbit for a full year and I was curious to see how many steps I would take in a year seeing as I average 12-15K steps a day. Well the total with just a few days left of the year is 5,256,960 steps. I was hoping that I could crack the 5 million mark but never set it as a solid goal.
  • Work was also a success. Enough of a success that my wife was able to be a full time stay at home mom which is something that she had been talking about doing for a while but never thought she could make that transition. She still consults a little bit with her former company but has enjoyed being a full time Mom while my son finishes up pre-school before starting full time kindergarten next year.

My 2016 goals will be coming out here in the next day and I have some attainable goals in there that I plan to have a lot less fail on.

2015 Goals

Last year was a bit interesting for me with starting a new job so I made no public goals. Sure I had a lot of work related goals that I accomplished. But wanted to keep the personal life on the down low and just ride out the year. It was a year filled with a lot of ups and downs but I’m very grateful to be coming through with good health and a happy life. But that doesn’t mean I can’t accomplish big things in 2015. Here are my public goals….

Sleep – After posting an average sleep rating of 7 hours a night back in 2013, I think my average now is somewhere in the 5.5 – 6 hour range. This needs to improve dramatically or I’m on a short trip to a number of major health issues. The goal this year is to make sure I’m in bed at a decent hour. I think this is doable as a number of things have changed in the last year and side work that I was once pursuing aggressively is something that rarely happens.

Running – I think I’m done with the short stuff for a while. I need a challenge so I want to run one race this year of either a half or full marathon distance.

Code / Write / Ship! – Hey asshole, didn’t you say you were done with coding on the side? Yes I did but this doesn’t mean I can’t mess around with new technology. I want to have more active projects on my github page so the goal here is to code up a few things and release them. Share what I’ve learned even if it is just something for me. I like learning new things and then share them with others.

Make something with my hands I know it sounds cliche, but I like working with my hands. Typing on a keyboard definitely doesn’t do it. I enjoy sawdust, nail guns and wood glue. I want to make something with my hands. Even if it is a complete pile of shit, I at least attempted it, tried to figure it out and hopefully learned something for the next thing I build. I have some ideas for things for the little boss so this is a good goal to have. And hopefully he can help me out along the way.

So there they are for the world to see. Help me accomplish these goals and keep me on track. I want to get 100% this year. Something I have yet to do in all the years of publishing these goals.