2013 Goals

Posted: January 12, 2013 by Keith Townsend in Uncategorized

So, I like that Scott Lowe created a project list and shared with us the readers of his blog his progress throughout the year and a final update.  It was a pretty balanced list which included some tech stuff and learning German.  I decided to create a similar list of Goals for 2013 as they were in my noodle to begin with.  I promise to update you guys on my efforts and hopefully be as transparent with you as Scott has been with us.

2013 Goals

  1. Run 1500 miles – More so than most people, I have to maintain a healthy weight to stay off medication.  I’ve found over the years that the only effective way has been to run.  It’s going to be a combination of treadmill and outdoor running (hey I live in Chicago).  You can track my progress via RunKeeper here
  2. Obtain my PMP – I have a Masters in IT Project Management and I might as well
  3. Renew my CCNA – I don’t do much networking any more but it expires in March and the knowledge comes in handy
  4. Read the Entire Bible – One of the every year goals
  5. Learn to Speak Spanish – Paid a lot of money for Rossetta Stone a few years ago.  It’s about time I put it to use
  6. Become proficient in Linux – I’ve avoided this since 1999.  I don’t think I can continue to put it off

I think the learning to speak Spanish goal might be a little tough.  I’ve attempted it before and it’s just difficult.  I actually wrote a paper on it for school.  I might just dig it up to remind me of some of my lessons learned (See how I brought the project management thing into it).  The certifications are relatively low hanging fruit but I feel the other 3 goals are pretty tough and should really challenge me.  At the end of the year I have to be able to look back on this list and at list be able to present it to my parents without worries of getting disciplined 🙂

What are some of your Goals for 2013?

  1. This is very inspirational. I will share my goals here and do the same for my blog.

    Move More:
    1. Not only do I want to exercise 1 hour 3-4 days per week. I want to include solo and team physical activities into my current reward system.
    A. Pick up my love of swimming and become proficient with the breathing technique. Once I do this then I can add swimming laps to my cardio routine. After I have established a set routine I can pursue a dream I have had for a few years: Sculling, Kiteflying and Kayaking as a club sport.
    B. Decrease my heart rate and blood pressure. The threat of a heart attack and stroke are real.
    C. Run a 5K
    D. Cash in on the prescription my MD gave me as “Yoga for Life”.

    Increase my financial literacy:
    A. Understand financial markets and how it influences IT and Healthcare
    B. Analyze and document my personal finance journal
    C. Have conversations that contribute to current financial issues
    D. Read / listen financial news I like ie Marketplace and Bloomberg

    Healthy communications and relationships (summed up by book titles that will help me achieve this goal):
    A. “In the presence of the Now”
    B. “Trust”
    C. Focus on what I can do to help others
    D. Present solutions

  2. […] I mentioned in an earlier post, one of my 2013 goals is to run 1500 miles.  I’m starting to understand how difficult of a goal it will be to […]

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