by Dan Walsh
Pythons, Pigs, and Posters.
Whew! It’s that time again. I don’t specifically like “New Year’s Resolutions” but I do think the beginning of the year is a good time to look ahead at the coming 12 months. However, I don’t like creating vague promises to myself. I also dislike creating overly specific plans without taking a crack at the subject first. Something like “Rock climb 4 mornings per week and win a climbing competition,” is wishful thinking. What if I don’t like rock climbing? What if evenings are better? Maybe rock climbing competitions are boring! There’s no need to ignorantly lock myself in like that.
I prefer instead to assess my current interests and determine which curiosities are worth pursuing. My goals are more of a compass bearing and less like detailed driving instructions. I am free to wander in the general direction and trust that I’ll get somewhere worthwhile. I even afford myself the option to drop those items I’m no longer interested in or pickup new goals as they present themselves.
The following list is a collection of large projects, shorter projects, and some stuff to simply try or research. Almost all of these are outcome independent, and instead focus on execution. The larger projects might last all year, while the smaller projects could take as little as a day. The time commitment roughly correlates to my known level of interest and familiarity with the topic.
EM3 Project: Launch 50 new products, roughly one per week
The Kazushi: Write one post per day
TangentsAndDistractions.com: Increase post frequency to one per day by end of year
Conduit Project: Build a robust social and professional network
Try to sell a product from EM3
Conduct 200+ interviews regarding friendship
Share more hobbies with Angelica
Travel abroad (Iceland?)
30 Days of French
30 Days of 1-mile morning runs
30 Days of Python practice
Try Crossfit for one month
Read 52 books
Go feral pig hunting
Consider returning to Judo or Jui Jitsu
Try “Domain Prospecting” project
Launch Shambhala posters on Kickstarter
Take harmonica lessons
Wheat paste a poster
Try writing some really wild fiction
Look into Lasik
Create more art. It can be anything, as long as I go nuts and express myself