Five Hangovers from 2016

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There are a few things in my life, left over from 2016, which I’d like to change in 2017. They are:

Lose the extra 15 lbs for good. I’m guessing this one is on many people’s New Year’s resolutions list. Luckily for me, I usually only fluctuate a few pounds, but any more than that is just enough to make me feel unhealthy. I’m going to drop down to my fighting weight in the next 60 days and stay there for the remainder of the year.

Track my time. Although I had a great year in 2016, I felt like I wasn’t able to track my progress very well. This year I’m going to start a weekly journal where I write down my activities. Although I think this will eventually lead to setting goals, at first I want to have the freedom to observe, and reflect on, the ways that I am spending my time.

Finish big construction projects. I bought a house in mid-2016. I would like all of the renovations on my home to be done by mid to late 2017. I assume there will still be some remaining touch-up work but, for the most part, I would like all of the major jobs to be complete, so I can enjoy the space.

Start a new business. I purposely didn’t push myself to do this in 2016, partially because I was burned out and also, in part, because I wanted to see what my natural inclinations would be. I can report back that I am officially anxious! And I’m ready to start experimenting again. I’m trying not to pressure myself into starting the biggest, baddest business. But I would like to get back on the train and start solving problems for people.

Make at least one investment. I haven’t done much of this, so far, but I also haven’t found many vehicles that come close to the returns I’ve been able to achieve in my businesses. However, I’d like to take a small amount of money and invest it into someone, or a business, I believe in. If you think that I might be a good fit for your company, shoot me an email at ian (at) tropicalmba.com. I’m mostly interested in physical product or e-commerce businesses where I can also provide leadership.

Feel free to write your goals for 2017 below in the comments. It will be fun for me to look back at the end of the year and see if this exercise was successful.

Published on 01.03.17
  • https://jaserodley.com/ Jase Rodley

    How deep are you going to go down the time tracking tunnel Ian? Are you interested in just your business life, or everything? (“2.75 hours spent relaxing”)

  • http://www.TropicalMBA.com/ Ian

    Jase, I’m specifically tracking projects. Most interested in seeing how much time I put into them and results that come out.

  • http://contractordynamics.com Joseph Hughes

    Cool post, Ian. I’m curious to hear more about your feeling of burnout. Was it from running the business, or the process of selling it, or both? And how could that have been prevented? Like most, I feel burnout from time to time, and know there are probably ways to prevent it.

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