As this piece goes live, some of you around the world will have already finished ringing in the new year while others will be still waiting for it to arrive. Regardless, I wish each and every one of you a happy and prosperous 2013.
As I mentioned yesterday, 2012 has been a banner year for me. There have been lots of things that I am grateful for, including good friends, good times, and a fantastic family. Sure, there were some setbacks this year – as there are every year – they were far away by all the goodness that came my way over the past twelve months.
(It’s funny… I have a scar on my right hand that will never go away. It will serve as a reminder of this past year. The thing is, I should look at it as more of a setback and anything else – I mean, my right hand will never be the same as it was before the fire. But instead it serves as a reminder how lucky I truly am. It is a bookmark for the year. A touchstone. Sure, the fire left its mark… but I sure as hell left my mark in 2012 as well.)
Now it’s time to take a look at the year ahead. Time for some forward thinking, rather than looking back in time. I don’t consider these resolutions – I consider them more like chapters that are yet to be written. Some of these things I already had mapped out before this post. After all, I don’t generally subscribe to the notion that you need to (or should) start your year in January.
Nonetheless, here’s my 2013 year in preview…
- I will write another book. But only one…a much bigger one.
- I will dive deeper into making more things for people to use to help them be more productive.
- I will get a keyboard or piano and learn to play it.
- I will go to less events…but make more of an impact at them.
- I will play a lot more guitar – and get better at it.
- I will read at least 36 books, and at least 9 of them will be works of fiction.
- I’ll do at least one webinar. Probably more.
- My wife and I will begin exercising together. It will help create some in-person accountability and help me get back into shape that I deserve to be in.
- I will do a lot more cooking. And Basil will help me with that.
- I will work less, but do more with my work time.
- I will spend a lot more time with my kids.
- I will spend a lot more time with my wife — and talk less about work during that time.
- I will get more acquainted with Camera+.
- I will spend more time outdoors.
- I will run. A lot.
- I will cycle. Also a lot.
- My wife and I will decrease our debt in half.
- I’ll buy a new iPad. (The version I buy is still up for debate.)
- I will remain connected to my audience both with my writing and with my interactions.
- I will keep comments “on” here for the duration of the year.
- I will have yet another banner year.
Thanks to everyone for following me here – and elsewhere – over the past year. I really appreciate all the feedback and exchanges we have here and on various social networking platforms.
If you’ve bought any of my books, thank you so much.
If you’ve subscribed to the Mike Techniques newsletter, thank you so much.
If you’ve been listening to Mikes on Mics, thank you so much.
If you’re fairly new to Productivityist.com, thank you so much for your time — and I recommend you start here if you’re interested in looking at some of my best stuff.
Finally, if any of my work has helped you in any way, thank you so much. That’s one of the main reasons why I write.
Happy New Year! May 2013 be a banner year for you as well.