I’ve adopted Brian Casel’s 2019 idea of setting themes for your plans for the new year, rather than focusing on goals.
I have both 2020 - 2029 decade themes and yearly themes, but the decade themes have a touch of privacy, so I’ll stick to sharing the yearly themes. For 2020 I just named a few short sentences as themes. For this year, I took a little inspiration from Mr. Atomic Habits, James Clear, and decided to embody the identities of the activities behind the theme.
2021 Themes #
- Specific target: Invest in multi-family real estate, crowdfunding, Reg A+, and stock & bonds to increase cash flow by 25% to pay for the universities, travel, and fun experiences
- Specific target: Continue stair-stepping - design, create, market, and launch two side projects, one software-based (bought or built), the other informational
- Specific target: Visit Southern Africa in September, and if cash and time permit, Iceland in October
I’m keeping the above as the main themes, but I’m not spelling out the full picture because I am in no way abandoning my W2 - I like working there, I like the work, I am learning a lot. So the identities above don’t necessarily negate the W2, it’s still, for example, very much part of the investment because the 25% more is based on the W2 as the base.
Also, I want to make my months themed, without necessarily having to spell it out. For example, January is writing month because I know I have several writing related projects I want to work on. So for each month, I’ll have to look forward and back and decide whether I did what I needed and what the next month will be.
Last year was mixed for me. The pandemic allowed me to do some things, but I also wasted great swathes of it not making useful progress.
2020 is the year of the college application and I want to have a successful college application outcome for my daughter.
- I think I was 100% on this task
Methodically moving forward on shipping two side project ideas
- I made barely any progress on this, 25%
Visit Southern Africa and Iceland
- Not my fault (Iceland’s population is homogenous and they’d be able to tell immediately that I wasn’t from around those parts and needed to be quarantined), although I did buy tickets and have had the joy of struggling for a whole year to unsuccsessfuly receive refunds, 10%
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