In keeping with Derek Magill’s advice, I have decided to go about my New Year’s resolutions for 2017 with a different approach.
Mr. Magill states that the best way to accomplish a goal is to focus on the process, not the end result. It’s more efficient to focus on working a little bit of the way toward your goal every day than to be constantly trying to charge ahead all at once.
With that in mind, here are my eleven process-oriented New Year’s resolutions for 2017:
1.) Exercise 30 minutes a day every day.
I’ve managed to get in at least a little bit of exercise every day since the last day of last year. I haven’t engaged in serious cardiovascular exercise due to the icy weather preventing running.
However, I have done a set amount of weight-lifting and push-ups every day, plus a up to 2 miles of walking on a good day. Not quite 30 minutes, but I’m working towards it.
2.) Write 1 post on the Comics Experience boards every day.
This is a relatively easy goal to accomplish, considering that it’s pretty hard not to look forward to.
The purpose of this resolution is to improve my standing on the Comics Experience message boards and establish myself as a well-to-do member of this little online community. So far, so good.
3.) Write an 8-page comic and get it drawn, inked lettered, and posted on the internet.
This resolution is interconnected with another one I have that’s further down the list.
The comic I have in mind is a prelude to The Overlord, meant to build anticipation and demonstrate my skills as a comics writer.
Having nearly completed the script already, all I have to do is find a set of collaborators who can help with this.
(To achieve this, I intend to attend Emerald City Comicon this year to do some networking. There’s also a collaboration forum on Comics Experience, both of which sound promising.)
4.) Drive 30 minutes a day every day for 30 days.
This one… has gotten off to a decidedly rocky start. I drove home from church on Sunday without much of a hitch, but I haven’t driven since.
For those of you who know me, I have been struggling to obtain a driver’s license for some time now. I’ll just say I’ve had a devil of a time learning to drive.
Luckily, new developments on my side of the internet could prove beneficial in getting that the skills I need to be drive safely. I just have to remember: it’s all about the process.
5.) Write a new blog post every day for 30 days.
This resolution is taken directly Derek Magill’s linked post.
In his original post, he suggested that if you want to become a well-known blogger (goal), then you ought to write a new post every day for 30 days (process).
Therefore, I’ve been plugging away for the past three days, and I believe I’m on a role.
Here’s hoping I haven’t spoken too soon.
6.) Finish the Constitution 101 course by watching 1 lecture per week until completed.
One of my pastimes is watching these free online courses offered by Hillsdale College.
I swept through the course on American history, but I’ve been stumbling in my efforts to complete the course on “The Meaning and History of the Constitution.”
I think this is mainly because it’s mostly theory, as opposed to the rich, detailed story of a survey of American history.
But I am confident that with a clear objective and method at my disposal, I can get back into my groove and finish this informative course.
7.) Read the 100 shortest books on my Goodreads to-read list in a year.
Having read 50 books last year, I narrowly met my Goodreads objectives. But now I am ready for a more ambitious goal.
I have over 500 books in my to-read list on Goodreads, and of those that have listed pages numbers, I intend to read a good deal of those ranked the shortest.
The idea is to prioritize quantity. I’ll have read a lot of very short books, but I won’t have learned nothing.
There are plenty of books that are a joy to read because of their concise genius. I look forward to reading them, particular several penned by C. S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer.
With luck, maybe I can bang out this batch within a hundred days.
8.) Finish reading the complete works of Bastiat. Read 2 pages a day for the whole year.
For those of you who’ve been keeping an eye on the Goodreads tab on this blog’s sidebar, you’ll notice that The Bastiat Collection has been there from the beginning.
This 1,000 page eBook is a real monster of a text, the densest thing I’ve taken on since I read The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell. That beast clocked in at more than 600 pages.
But now I’m about halfway through Bastiat, so I calculate that if I read 2 pages a day every day for the rest of the year, I can wrap it up by September.
9.) Watch a classic movie every week and write a review about it for 50 weeks.
Not really that hard of a goal to meet, all things considered.
All I have to do is make sure I have a couple hours to myself every weekend and then spend five minutes writing a quick review on my Letterboxd account.
This will also provide lots of fodder for my posts related to old movies. I’ll be glad to see what bits of wisdom I can glean from my efforts to watch every old movie available.
10.) Write 2 pages of comics script every day for a year.
Now we’re getting to the meat and potatoes of my New Year’s resolutions.
Thanks to this simple, process-oriented goal, I have nearly completed the script for that 8-page comic I mentioned earlier.
With luck, I’ll be able to continue in this manner as I work on both this and other projects. Once again, so far so good!
11.) Read and study a chapter of the Bible every day for a year.
For ten years, I read a daily entry of a One Year Bible every day. The result was that I read through the entire Bible some 10 times.
I switched to a more in-depth study, meticulously making my way through various sections with a commentary on hand.
However, the lack of process-oriented focus which accompanied the use of my One Year Bible left me struggling to stay on task with my studies of the Scriptures.
Therefore, I have now resolved to tackle it in a more concentrated manner, as stated above. That is the bare minimum. I may or may not study more than that on a given day.
These are my resolutions for 2017. I now hope that I can stick to them!