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Some things I'm working on in 2013

Geoff Wood

So, it’s 2013 and while I’ve never been much of a motivated-by-resolutions type of guy, I thought I’d give it a try this year. In all honesty, I couldn’t be happier that 2012 is over - that year was filled with loss, disappointment, injury and illness (some happy stuff, too, but that’s overshadowed in my current retrospective) - and I want to make the most of all that 2013 could be.

Here goes -

I, Geoff Wood, hereby resolve to do the following two big things in 2013:

1. Blog more here on my personal blog.

This is brilliant, since this very “resolution-y” post puts me well on my way and it’s only January 9! In reality, I used to blog here at least weekly (back in the glory days of the pre-social internet, say ‘05-’08) but the advent of Twitter has made me too lazy. It’s much easier to just pump out 140 character quips without much thought of editing or the fact that one’s thoughts might have relevance for more than a few minutes. On top of that, in 2009 I started writing aggressively for which is both awesome and, you know, “work”. Which means that anytime that I’m writing here I feel like I should be writing for SPN (I always have a backlog of opinion pieces I intend to write and I’d say less than a third actually make it all the way to be published. Here’s the latest: “With focus on VC money, story on prairie startups misses bigger picture”).

Fun Fact: I only published 10 posts here in 2012 and one of them was nothing more than an old SportsIllustrated photo of Randy Moss and his sweet afro.

Inspired by an episode of the NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast I figured out how I’m going to do it: I’m going to keep track of all the movies that I watch and each book that I read in 2013. And, I’m going to write about them here, at least weekly. I really like movies. I watch alot of them throughout the year, often just as background noise when I’m working.

My hope is that I’ll appreciate these movies more if I make myself write even the tiniest bit about them as I watch them. I might even rate them. We shall see.

As for the books, I really like books, too. Particular fiction books like spy thrillers and detective stories, sci fi or historical fiction. Unfortunately, at some point in the last few years I almost stopped reading. Hopefully this resolution kickstarts that, too.

As I make myself write more, I’m hoping I’ll find joy in it again and I’ll start to work my thoughts out in long form more often.

Look at that, one resolution begets three positive outcomes. I’m on a roll.

2. Set a new short term resolution each month (and accomplish it!)

One of the biggest mental problems with the New Year’s resolution style of goal setting is that they’re just too damn long to actually accomplish. They’re either lifestyle changes (planned length: forever) or something you want to do throughout the year (planned length: 365 days). Either way, it’s a long time and it's easy for me to get distracted and then fall away from them completely.

So, I’m dividing it up and going with 12 short term goals (I know the logic is a bit flawed, but it’s all about the state of mind in these things).

January’s goal is to organize every photo that we’ve taken since 2005 in iPhoto (thousands upon thousands of photos). I want to not only organize the events but label the faces and assign location to the photos not take with an iPhone. Up until now, the photos have sat on a hard drive kinda organized and mostly inaccessible other than as our Apple TV screensaver.

Fun Fact: We bought our first digital camera in 2005 so by default that year is when recorded history of our family began (we met in 1998, started dating in 2002). I know my wife has scrapbooks from the analog photo days but it will be tough to get those into iPhoto.

February’s goal will be more health oriented - I’m thinking getting a physical (it’s been a few years) and probably a teeth cleaning.

Not sure what the following months will bring nor do I want to at this point. The short term, monthly resolution idea is to flexible that I don't want to plan to far ahead - who knows what will seem important in March? 

That’s it, I'm back, baby! Huzzah.