2019 Goals

Another difficult year to decide on goals, in part because of the uncertainty of the financial situation for the year, and in part because my brain is just being cranky this week and not wanting to think very much.  I have lots I want to do, but the feasibility of those goals is what is really up in the air.

So, let’s see what I came up with.  As usual, I’ve grouped them into four major life areas and some goals are chained so that I must accomplish one to do the next.


These are goals revolving around anything related to my personal finances and debts.  Thanks to last year, I now have credit card debt again, plus the car loan.  So while I’d love to take advantage of the depressed stock market to fluff up my Roth IRA, my focus financially really has to be on the debts and the emergency fund.

  1. Emergency fund back to $1,000
  2. Credit card balance below $6,000 – currently at $9,381

Fitness and Health

Pretty much carrying over my strength training and swimming goals, plus some more fitness goals from my Habitica and Fitbit

  1. Strength training targets
    1. 50 lbs total (bar or 2×25 lbs dumbbells) for dumbbell and shoulder press – current: 17.5 lbs
    2. 25 lbs for bent over one arm row – current: 17.5 lbs
    3. 60 lbs for lat pull downs – current: 45 lbs
    4. 45 lbs for triceps pulldown – current: 35 lbs
    5. 60 lbs for chest fly – current: 40 lbs
    6. 50 lbs for rear delta fly – current: 30 lbs
  2. Swimming targets
    1. 45 minutes, 1000 yards
    2. 60 minutes, 1200 yards
    3. 100m freestyle without having to pause at the wall
    4. 200m kick without having to pause at the wall
  3. Teeth replacement
  4. Regular dental cleanings
  5. Hit 5,000 steps each workday goal
  6. Hit 5 flights of steps each workday goal

Around the House

This may be the smallest list ever for around the house, but as noted, with financials so tight, planning for projects is pretty difficult.  So mostly just aiming for a few small things.

  1. Clean out garden beds (again)
  2. Replant side garden bed
  3. Mow at least once a month
  4. Finish backyard metal fence
  5. Paint kitchen trim

Everything Else

This segment includes goals for pretty much anything else that doesn’t fit in the other big categories, but aren’t enough to have their own. This includes hobby stuff, professional development, and the like.

  1. At least one non-goal blog post a month
  2. Play at least 10 video games
  3. Watch one or more episodes from ten anime series
  4. Read at least three hours a week
  5. Assemble the Ghostbusters Firehouse Lego set
  6. Get a phone holder for the car
  7. Get portfolio albums for large pics
  8. Try at least six new recipes
  9. Do at least two crafty-type projects
  10. Get back to using 10-5-10 timer (i.e. NaturallySlim timing) for most meals