It’s the time of year to reflect on the past 12 months and then make plans for the coming year – And I am already a few weeks late which does not bode well for potential accomplishments… (my team posted theirs almost 3 weeks ago!)
Without further ado, here are my 2013 Resolutions. Check back with me in December to see how many I was able to keep!
Make MORE time for healthy living – I’m a huge fan of Soul Cycle and always try to get to at least one class per week. It can be tough to fit in exercise between working full-time , being a husband and a father to 3 energetic kids, but it’s so important to take some time to clear your head and keep your body in check.
The second part of this quest for a healthy 2013 is eating better – I have a new kitchen on the way (more on this soon – it’s more entertaining than you might think) and am trying to commit to organic and farm fresh food whenever possible. And of course I always want to watch the portion control. I am a total foodie and tend to way over-eat every night. As much as I love it, I am not getting any younger so need to keep it in check.
And lastly – keep up with my skiing, tennis and get back out and do some hiking and biking when the weather gets better.
Learn Something New – I recently tweeted an article from one of my favorite sources, HBR, on this very topic. In 2013, I will try to step outside the daily routine and expand my horizons. A few things I want to do and might realistically accomplish:
- Start playing piano again and learn guitar
- Become WAY MORE functionally literate in the digital business world. So much is happening at the speed of sound and I feel I am missing some of the key trends for the future. I at least have started to read the NYT and more magazines on my iPad. It’s a start
- Find time to read more (so I can learn more). I can’t believe I am saying it, but the train commute is just not enough time to catch up with all I like to read.
- I could even watch Fox News to get an alternate perspective on what is going on in the world . That would certainly be something new for me!
Organization – This is a BIG ONE for 2013. We are in the process of implementing many efficiency initiatives at our company - everything from more streamlined order entry, to better accounting practices and reporting functionality, to revamping our warehouse space. I am always looking for ways to make my business and personal life more efficient – check out my tips on apps that I’ve been enjoying – and will continue this into 2013.
Visit a New Place – Since my wife and I have 3 young kids, it has been a lot harder to travel for pleasure. I used to be able to visit new cities or places in conjunction with biz travel and now I just want to be home with the family. As the kids get a little older, I hope 2013 gives me a little time to steal a day or two while on a business trip. Some places on my hit list: Dubai, Sao Paolo and Rio, Prague. And for pure fun – Bhutan, Patagonia, and Iceland. I won’t make it to all of them in 2013 but I will certainly try!
Make Time for Old Friends –There is nothing more important to me than friends and family and although I feel like I am very fortunate so see most of mine often, it never feels like enough time.
(Re-)Implement “Date Night” – because she deserves it! and Because we always have good intentions that fall by the wayside.
Last but NOT least – Always work to be a better manager and leader at our company. I firmly believe people can learn new things every day and I always try to stick by this motto. If I am continuing to learn and grow, I can help everyone on our team do the same. This is the best way to maintain our unique point of view in the market and make sure we are always offering a unique value to all of our wonderful partners and team members.
Happy 2013 to all!!