While most people might say 2017 was a terrible year, it was actually a pretty amazing one for me and my family. My wife and I moved to a new home, we welcomed our son Henry into the world. I reconnected with writing in a way I haven’t in years and started taking some big steps to ensure I keep myself in shape, both mentally and physically.
So, while I can’t exactly predict what the next year will hold for my family, aside from a couple fun trips we have planned, I have a few personal goals I’d like to work on.
Continue blogging, avoid content silos
Throughout 2017, I moved towards taking all of my content out of social networks like Instagram and Twitter and moved it over to my own website. I also tired to write more this past year. It’s something I know i’m not particularly good at it but I’d like to get better and I want to keep more control of the things I put onto the internet in 2018.
I want to eventually delete my Twitter account. It’s brought nothing but frustration this past year and I think it’s a really hindrance to my mood and productivity.
Be more productive
Speaking of productivity, I want to devote more time to logging my tasks and keeping track of what I want to get done. I’ve recently started using Todoist and putting anything (even the little stuff) into it to make sure I get things done.
Use Dribbble for posting small design pieces
I’ve been using Dribbble on and off for four or five years now but have never really dug into it too deeply. This year, I’d like to use it as my main place to keep up with designers and post some of the work I’ve been done.
Start a microcast, recording a couple times a week
Starting in mid-January, I’d like to begin recording a micro-podcast a couple times a week as a complementary audio piece to my blog. Episodes will be 5-10 minutes each and cover pop-culture and whatever projects I’ve got on my plate at the time. I previously recorded a podcast back in college covering comics but this will be my first regular show since then so I’m really looking forward to it.
With a little big of determination, I think these are all very realistic goals for the next year. 2017 was a huge year for me, and I’m excited to see what these goals might do to make 2018 a memorable year too.