2015 is Going to be a Great Year of Focus, Discipline and Accomplishment

Wow, we’re already three weeks into 2015.  I had hoped that this post would follow my last post by only a couple days, but of course so many other things got in the way.  This, however, illustrates what I am going to focus most on changing in 2015.

Before we go any farther, I will warn you that this post is all about me, and things that are specific to my life.  If you’re not interested, fine.  Most of my future posts will not be so self-focused.  But I’m sharing this today for two reasons.  First, if I write down my goals and desired changes for 2015 and put them out for the universe to see, perhaps I’ll be more diligent about achieving them.  Second, it may set an example for you.  Maybe you will benefit from writing down a similar list of goals for 2015, even if you don’t share them publicly.

Last year was my first year in retirement.  To decompress from 34 years of work, I wanted to not set an alarm clock, get up when I felt like it, and do whatever I felt like doing each day.  I had plenty of activities and commitments taking up spots on my calendar, but aside from those, my time would be mine!  After all, isn’t that what retirement is supposed to be like?

For many people, perhaps it is, but not so much for me.  I had some commitments carrying over from 2013 and plenty of things I wanted to do.  Looking back, I did get some things done and, overall, I had a good year.  But as I look back at 2014 and forward to 2015, I realize that I need to introduce more structure and discipline into my life in order to accomplish more of the things I want to get done.

I also realize that I spend way too much time on email, solitaire games, Facebook, and net surfing in general.  There’s an endless stream of frivolous information on the internet that can suck you in for hours at a time.  I need to recognize the cost of doing small things.

I also spent a lot of time attending webinars and taking courses on how to build businesses online and write and promote books.  It’s time to switch from learning mode to doing mode.   2015 will bring less getting ready and more doing.

To this end, I have resolved to make these changes in my day-to-day life:

  • Minimize time on Facebook and playing solitaire.
  • More carefully evaluate the activities I undertake.
  • Become more disciplined and do the following things regularly:
    • Write every day
    • Exercise 4 times a week (3 times to the gym, 1 bike ride, hike, or long walk)
    • Practice 3 times a week
    • Clear my desk every week
    • Read every day
    • Meditate every day
  • List at least 20 CDs, videos, and/or books for sale on Amazon every week

I have also set these goals for what I want to