2017, here we go.

As I unconsciously drove myself with robotic consistency to work today, I was thinking of things to do or change this year. I don’t do new year resolutions. Frankly because I’m afraid I won’t get to actually doing them — especially with the pressure of a non-existent clock ticking away every second.

This year, I’m changing that. I’m going to write down a couple of things that I think I should be able to accomplish — or at least try to accomplish — before the year ends. This way, I’m holding myself accountable to the entire world — or, quite frankly, the very few people who sees this post.

Learn to cook

Aside from instant noodles and canned goods, the only reason I’m not starving are two things: my wife and fast food. This year, I’m setting a goal to learn how to cook real food. I like this goal a lot as it doesn’t only help me add a few things to my skill set but I’m also feeding my family [hopefully] good food. I hope I don’t burn the house down.

Run 21 km

I want to be healthier. Okay, I’m not doing marathons just yet. I’ve started with 3km and 5km jogs with a pace of 6 minutes per. My goal is to reach 10k by half of the year and hopefully be able to run 21k by the end.

Launch a product (outside work)

It’s been five years since I launched a product. It’s about time to put the knowledge and experience I’ve acquired to good use. I have an idea for bulk food ordering/delivery that’s been in my head for a good year and a half now. Obviously, I’m not launching for the sake of launching. I’ve already seen how that goes.

Plan is to do market research by Q1. And if the “market” proves to be ecstatic about the idea, the next step is to partner with catering services who can produce the food. Let’s see where it goes from there.

Write an article a week

I’ll be honest. It feels good to write. I just don’t think I give myself enough time to do so. I have to be more intentional and set aside time for it and not just write whenever my schedule frees up — which it rarely does.

I might start with an article every two weeks then go from there.

Less use of Facebook

I honestly wanted to write “social media fast” but I don’t think I’m up for it just yet. Anyway, I did a rough estimate earlier and found out that I spend around 22 hours in a week on social media. That’s almost an entire day! Imagine what I could’ve done with those 22 hours instead.

I’m going to start with Facebook but who knows, I might stay off Instagram next. Twitter, don’t worry. You are for keeps.

Start giving out hugs

Self-explanatory.

Honestly, there’s a lot more I wanted to add here but it’s probably a good idea to start with a short list. This way, I won’t hate myself that much if I end up not doing any of them.

I know I’m writing this late January but I just never got to do so with the hustle and bustle of life. Here’s to me beating these goals and feeling good about this list and myself in general before the year ends!

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