2016-2017 - Strategic Plan

Why make goals?

In my personal life, I occasionally have moments of great clarity and motivation regarding who and where I would like to be. Inevitably, these moments get swallowed up in the rigors of every day life and vanish. The problem with these moments is that I often do not stop to reflect and flesh out this motivation and clarity into something tangible that I can return to when things get busy or rough or downright depressing. It is like being a painter who has an amazing idea but has no paints or canvas nearby. It might as well have not happened. In my professional life, as the manager of a small business, it is almost a necessity for me to write goals and plans down in order to share them with my clients, supervisors, and peers. The process of writing goals has been very helpful for me in my professional life. It has provided me with the ability to see where I want to go and set priorities for those tasks in an easier manner. It really can't hurt in my personal life, can it?

One-Month Goals

  • Health and Wellness
    • Drink 0 sodas over the next thirty days.
    • Track every calorie into My Fitness Pal.
    • Lose eight lbs.
    • Walk/Light workout three times a week.
  • Hobbies and Activities
    • Finish reading at least one book.
    • Limit myself to two hours of tv a day.
    • Update this blog at least once a week.
    • Build first model ship.
  • Relationship
    • Take Liz on a date at least once a month.
  • Finances/Purchases
    • Research IRA/Roth IRA to move some of retirement savings.
    • Purchase external dvd-burner to end reliance on desktop pc.

One-Year Goals

  • Health and Wellness
    • Lose sixty lbs.
    • Workout four or five times a week.
    • Continue tracking every calorie in My Fitness Pal.
    • Eat a mostly vegetable and fruit based diet.
  • Hobbies and Activities
    • Finish at least 15 books.
    • Limit myself to one hour of tv a day.
    • Update this blog at least once a week.
    • Learn Python programming.
  • Relationship
    • Take Liz on a nice vacation.
  • Finances/Purchases
    • New Mattress
    • Max out contribution to IRA/Roth IRA.
    • Have down payment on house saved and available.

Five-Year Goals

  • Health and Wellness
    • Maintain weight loss.
    • Workout daily.
    • Continue tracking every calorie.
    • Eat a mostly vegetable and fruit based diet.
  • Hobbies and Activities
    • Finish at least 30 books/year.
    • Stop watching tv.
    • Update this blog at least once a week.
    • Write/contribute heavily to a python-based program.
    • Learn Java for android app development.
  • Relationship
    • Take Liz on yearly vacation.
    • Take Liz on at least one "exotic" vacation. Ireland?
  • Finances/Purchases
    • Buy a house.
    • Max out contribution to IRA/Roth IRA.

This will have to do for now. I'm sure I'll come up with others and when I do, I'll likely return to edit this post/update it when I have completed items. Now I'm off to head off the caffeine headaches that will surely be visiting me in the next few days. Luckily, I'm sort of off work for the next few weeks and can get used to this before I head back. The last time I lost a bunch of weight, not drinking soda was the big catalyst that allowed me to feel good and lose weight and start getting a bunch of other things in order. Hopefully that is the catalyst again!