2020 Goals and Tools

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

― Douglas Adams

Like I said Yesterday It’s that time of the year again. Most nowadays eschew New Year’s Resolutions. And this year, after the horrible shitshow that was 2020 a lot of people will be happy to survive. However, since I had a few days off work over the holidays and there is nothing to do because of the virus I decided to wax philosophical and make some plans for the upcoming year.

OK, first… my actual goals, more or less:

Weight loss – won’t bore you with this – everybody has this as their #1 goal… pretty much. So there it is.

Cycle equivalent – 3,000 days. Ten miles a day, with a few days off. This is either a real mile on a real bike or an equivalent on my spin bike. I put an odometer on the thing so I can measure it. The spin bike is a little easier than the streets, a little quicker… so be it.

Submit 100 short stories for publication (2 per week). I have well over 100 short stories written. But writing isn’t writing, editing is writing. I will edit… and submit. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.

Publish 2 ebooks of short stories. One tentatively would be 100 Days of Flash… the other 30 Bad Ways to Die.

Write cumulative 300 words of fiction a day. This is about one hour a day of writing. I intend for the cycling goal above to be pretty much every day, while the fiction writing goal to be mostly a weekly thing. 2100 words a week.

…And those are the major goals. I went ahead and jotted some minor goals down, more as ideas.

  • Get up early
  • Read more
  • Listen to more podcasts
  • Stretch
  • Lift weights
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Learn to use Scrivener
  • Walk (an underrated exercise, might add a derivative of this to my cycling totals, maybe)

I have to be careful about daily habits/goals. I can really pile them on and there are only so many hours in the day.

I also made a list of tools that I intend to add to/edit as the year goes on:

  • Planner
  • Daily Record
  • Journal
  • Strava
  • Blog
  • Google Calendar

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