New Years Resolutions for 2011

So this is a bit on the personal side for the blog but I think it is important with any and all important goals to share them with people and in that way hold yourself to account. Below, in no particular order, are my goals for the new year.

Where applicable I will be crossing these off as I go.

1. Be a better friend.

I have found it difficult in the past to juggle being a young professional, being in a serious relationship, living 3,000+ miles from close friends and family and making time for my friends. I want to put a lot more energy into all of these areas and though it may mean a bit less “me” time I am determined to be better (at a minimum) at staying in touch with people and in an ideal world make a lot more time for people. In light of having lost two dear friends in 2010 I believe this to be even more important now. To any friends back home please know that you’ve got a (busy but happy) tour-guide in London whenever you like.

2. Get back in shape.

Me and everyone else right? At any rate, the slide downhill has gone far enough and though a desk job means sitting around a whole lot more than originally planned, I need to make time for this.

3. Run the Reykjavik Marathon

I tend to do a lot better at getting in shape when I have a goal in mind. I will begin training with the aim of running this on July 16, 2011 with Nick Spearing. If I can remain injury free I will be doing this to raise money for charity and it should be a nice way to combine the above two.

4. Travel More

This is more a reminder to myself than anything else. I forget how much I love travelling shortly after every trip I take. I want to take the time to do some exploring this year.

5. Work harder

I have been very fortunate to have found a job I love and to have experienced a great deal of success in my first year as an SEO. In 2011 I will be looking to take my game to the next level, learn a few new coding languages and take on new challenges wherever possible.

6. Dress Better/Shave More Regularly

Along with other signs of laziness I think along with shedding a few pounds and making more time for the important things I would like to build up the old wardrobe, keep on top of my mop and shave more than once a week.

7. Help Build a Top-Rate Team

In my new job I am very excited to be involved in some of the recruiting process but also want to take more responsibility for helping us develop processes, work across teams and do big things. I know this sounds vague, but it’s a lot clearer in my head and I know I’ve got the right people around and above me to accomplish this.

8. Grow up a bit

Being young is fun but this is an important year in my life and I need to take more responsibility for my finances, start planning for my future a bit and just generally try to make better decisions.

9. Whinge Less

I know I’ve always been a bit of a complainer but I know it can be a bit annoying. In general I think I have a positive attitude but I know I often joke or make a big deal out of little things and it’s played out.

10. Support Others

I owe so much to so many people. This year I want to focus less on me and more on others’ needs. I want to be supportive in any way I can so holler if you need help and think I can provide it.

Some of these things won’t come easy but I’m hungry for some new challenges this year and am ready to start taking some names…


  1. Admirable goals sir, and quite similar to some of mine for the year… doubt I’ll ever run a marathon in my lifetime, due to in part laziness and some injuries sustained as a youngster!

    Let us know how you get on with them all!

  2. 1. No need to change – you were the best thing about coming to London. Just keep turning up to play for fun things and write back to emails
    2. Football watching time == Exercise Time
    3. Fuck Yeah I will sponsor
    4. Buy Tickets now they are so cheap even if you don’t use them u r better off
    5. Do lots of what is important and nothing of what isn’t
    6. Not on weekends…
    7. Work out what will compliment your style and make their role clear
    8. Really? Don’t force it
    9. It’s hard to resist in that context – perhaps get home more often…
    10. I have a couple in mind, but will save a special one for you 🙂

    Just formulating my list of goodness – you have some good ones that I will steal. Good luck – check in before the year is done!


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