My January 2016 Plan

Every year, I try to make some New Years commitments, and I’ve written about those here. One of the activities I’ll probably engage in on a monthly basis is setting some deliverables to get done that month.

There are several reasons for doing this, but in the spirit of going pro, I want to start building a good body of work now. The reasons for this are financial and professional, but also for my own self gratification. I’m a doer and achiever by nature, and if I’m not seeing consistent progress on something, I can easily get discouraged.

Instead of seeing how far I’ve come, I only see how far I have to go still. Not good.

To combat this, and to state it all publicly, for January, these are my basic plans: Read More

Looking ahead to 2016

Every year, we make resolutions. Some make decisions, other make mantras.

I’m a fan of all these things, and relish in the chance to engage in self examination and set some goals for myself.

For 2015, my mantra and goal was to “trim the fat”. This meant a couple things:

  • Lose fat, not just weight, and be in better health.
  • Focus on one or two things professionally.

At the end of the year, the last three months of 2015, I lost about 27 pounds, and went from a 31% body fat count to a 21% body fat count. Not bad. I’d like to be at 12% or under. I’m adjusting my diet and workout routine to be rigorous enough to get there this year.

I also narrowed my focus from web development and copywriting to just web development. This suits my personality better, I enjoy it more, and it’s been the more stable work for me over the last year. I’m sure I’ll be writing more about it this year, but 2015 was a great opportunity for me to begin to stabilize as a freelance web developer.

So, what’s in store for 2016? This is what I’ve been thinking of for the past month, but I think the new phrase for the year is: “Go pro, write and be generous.

Here’s how this breaks down: Read More