Back in January I posted a list of my goals for 2009. This morning I checked my progress on my goals and realized that in just 70+ days I have accomplished, or made significant progress on all of them.
Here are the goals I listed in January with progress updates in bold.
Skip Fantasy Baseball – I love baseball and I have enjoyed playing fantasy baseball for many years but I should be using some of the time I spend following a fantasy team doing other things. If someone wants to pay me to write about baseball I’ll reconsider but most likely this won’t happen. In order to attempt to write a book I need time to get it done and that will require me to rearrange my priorities. When I make list of “time consuming things I can do without and still live a fulfilling life” fantasy baseball tops the list. My wife doubts I will stick with this resolution but I think I can do it.
Update: The baseball season is three weeks away and I have not joined a league for this year. Despite the fact that I will miss playing the game, I am dedicating the time I’m saving to writing more.
For the 35th Consecutive Year Buy Zero Billy Joel Records: Actually I’d like to step up this goal by not hearing a single Billy Joel song but that may be asking too much. I know that some readers of this blog like Mr. Joel and I’m not knocking their taste in music, I understand the appeal but I just can’t get into him myself. This is because I grew up on Long Island, not far from where Mr. Joel grew up and as a result have heard enough Billy Joel for my entire life. I like a nice pop song as much as anyone but I don’t like being told I HAVE to like a song just because the singer/songwriter is from the same geographic area as me. Twisted Sister and Pat Benetar are from Long Island but no one from my hometown ever gets upset when I don’t listen to them. For my Long Island music I’d rather listen to the Velvet Underground (3/4 of the band was from Nassau County), De la Soul or Public Enemy.
Update: 2009 has been completely Billy Joel free.
Drink less Coffee: By extension I’d also like to spend less money on coffee. I love coffee but I drink entirely too much of it.
Update: Coffee consumption has been cut in half while coffee spending has been cut by 75%.
Stay Out of the Hospital: I spent way too much time in the emergency room in 2008 and spent a week in the hospital following surgery. My body and wallet can do without this.
Update: Hospital free since November 08.
Be Less Fat: I am in pretty good shape but I could stand to lose a few pounds. I just weighed myself and I am about 10 pounds above the ideal weight.
Update: I actually undersold how overweight I was but I am now 15 pounds lighter than I was on January 17th.
Visit My Family and Friends in New York: I haven’t made it home since late 2007 and I need to get back home soon.
Update: I’ll be home on Long Island (and maybe in NYC) April 9-14.