For those that read my end of year post for 2008, I made up an acronym that was my version of a New Year’s resolution: TINTFA. I briefly touched on what I wanted to accomplish in 2009 in that last post, but if I plan to actually complete any of those TINTFA’s, I need to be reminded of them again, and in their own blog post.
So without further delay, I give you my top 5 TINTFA’s for 2009:
If I listed each and every idea and writing project I want to do here, this would be a long-ass blog post. But at the top of the list, there are five stories, novels, screenplays and new web sites that I want/need to finish this year. One is almost 10 years in the making [a novel]. Some are just a few months to a year old. Making time for this is a priority for me. All of you that follow me on Twitter and this blog will know when I’m working on these because there will be announcements and links as I make significant progress.
2. Time Management
This really should be number one, but it’s not. But it’s just as important. As I’ve mentioned many times out here, I get distracted easily. I try to do too much at the same time and end up seeing my time just slip away. This doesn’t mean I’m going out and buying all of those “self-help” and “time management” books that make some of these authors rich and famous. Nope. I’m going to analyze the various things that cause me to manage my time poorly and make what changes I can to manage my time better. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? It does, but it’s a daunting task, sometimes on a much larger scale than I can imagine. If I can master this, I can accomplish pretty much any TINTFA on my list.
3. Reading Books
I’ve got a huge stack of books I want to read. I’ve started a couple already and just need to finish them [“Too Fat To Fish” by Artie Lange, “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins], but there’s tons of others that I’ve been itching to read for a long time. I’d like to get though a book a month. That’s 12 books. Not a lot to ask, except carving out dedicated and uninterrupted time to read. Piece of cake.
4. Blogger Events
Last year, I attended two (2) blogger events. Both with Dave from Blogography. But even though a blogger meet up with Dave is nothing short of awesome, I admit that I would like to meet some of these other bloggers I read. And while I will seek out some bloggers local to Salt Lake, I want to attend at least a couple of these “Star-Studded” bloggers events, starting with TequilaCon 09 in Santa Fe, NM on April 25, 2009.
For those of you waiting for Part 3 of my WORKOUT blog post series, it’s coming soon [promises, promises]. I kind of ran into a snag in my exercise plans, which I blogged about here. I’m reworking my plan to make it something that will not only produce some results, but keep me exercising on a regular basis. I made a good dent into this from October to the middle of December last year. I just need to add some tweaks and kick it back into gear.
The Bottom 5 TINTFA List
So you’ve read my top 5 list and are probably thinking, “That’s it? Aren’t there any other low-priority things Marty wants to accomplish in 2009?” So glad you asked. I give you my bottom-of-the-barrel list of TINTFA’s for 2009.
96. Buy Another Scooter
My wife and I have talked about getting her a scooter. That’s still in the works, but there’s other things that have pushed their way into being more important this year, like home improvements and paying off current bills. This one may have to roll over to 2010. No worries, my current scooter isn’t going anywhere.
97. Watch Every Monty Python Episode
My wife got the me the Complete Monty Python Collection for Christmas. 16 DVDs – every skit and episode in all of it’s searchable glory. Would be nice to watch each and every one, bringing back memories and making me laugh. For this, I may seek more than a sick day… more like a sick week.
98. Take Less Time To Poop
Ewwww…. TMI, dude. This is low on the list because it’s the only time I have to read the large number of articles from my stack of Vanity Fair and Playboy magazines I subscribe to. I figure if I’m not reading enough books, I might as well keep up on current affairs while sitting on the throne. But I guess I could work on tying things up a few minutes sooner in the new year.
99. Travel to England
My daughter wants to go to England… and bad. But even with finding some deal and discounts, it’s still a sizable chunk of change to make a trip across the pond. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t still look for deals and contests.
100. Learn How To Invest
Why is this last on my list? It’s not because I don’t have an interest in knowing how to buy stocks and bonds. I do and I think it’s a good way to plan for things like retirement and to add to one’s income. But it takes dedicated time to make this happen. I figure if I can complete the other 99 TINTFA’s, by the time I read #100, I’ll have enough time to learn the proper steps to investing my money in the right places. At least that’s the thought.
So wish me luck in 2009. I think I will need it.
We can exercise in parallel! And I find it funny that we both managed to work poop into our posts this week. ha!
The God Delusion was a good book but I didn’t finish it. Then again, I’m probably not the target audience though as I already agree with him so it was all a bit preaching to the choir so to speak 😉 And to my horror and shame, I must admit that I’ve never ever seen a single Monty Python episode in my life. The hell?
Did you really make 100? Or is that one of the Web 2.0 Internet Illusions?
nilsa – It’s obvious we are good at doing things in parallel… I didn’t realize you did a poopy blog post this week, too… well, your post was not poopy… er… you know what I mean.
kevin – I’ve gotten through the first 3 chapters and you are right… it’s a bit “preaching to the choir”, but well written. You’ve never seen a single Monty Python episode? Not to bring up any British-resident stereotyped assumptions, but you should find a way to check them out. I bet YouTube has some of the more popular sketches (Argument Clinic, Exploding Penguin on TV, Lumberjack, Parrot).
whall – Oh, I’m sure there are 100, I only had enough time to blog about 10 of them. Sorry, no Web 2.0 illusions here.
i love the term “tintfa” and just might have to borrow it.
I can’t wait to meet you at TequilaCon! Seriously, what is it with men and pooping? You all seem to like to camp out in there with a magazine and a cup of coffee. I don’t know a single woman who does that! We do our business and GET OUT.
hello haha narf – Feel free to use it. It sounds so much better than “resolution”
sj – Looking forward to meet you at TequilaCon. Men and poop… not sure what the fascination is, but it’s business we put too much effort into. Although, I don’t take my coffee in with me. It stays in the kitchen.
Dude, seriously, I’ve been to a LOT of blogger events, so take it from me when I tell you that a Dave Event is all you really need. The fact that you’ve been to TWO of them means you’ve had double the bloggity fun than other can only dream about.
dave2 – But won’t you be at TequilaCon 09? That means a 3rd blog event where you will be. And if Bad Monkey shows up, the bloggity fun will be a Dave Event to never forget.
I am SO psyched about getting to meet my new bloggy friends at TequilaCon 09! That is, if I can get the funds and find a job that will give me the time off in advance…ugh!
Meanwhile, regarding the poop thing…this is yet another item wherein I should’ve been a guy…I can camp out on the ‘mode and read a book, too! (I have also noted on another blog that I prefer to roll over and take a nap after sex, and have control of the TV remote…therefore, I should’ve been a dude.) However, that thing SJ said about taking coffee in with you for a poop session: no food allowed in the Throne Room!
I want to read God’s new book called “The Richard Dawkins Delusion”. It is a sequel to the book God wrote in which he declared that Friedrich Nietzsche was dead.
If you do get your arse over here then you bet we’ll be hooking up for a Bombay Sapphire (or 5!)
ginger – I hope you can make it to TC09. And good to hear it’s not just men that hang out in the Loo for longer periods of time. So about this “roll over and take a nap after sex”, my wife does that, so it’s not an exclusive male trait. 😉
dmarks – I would be open to reading such a book. Until it’s published, here’s a web link with that exact title. Enjoy!
penelope – Only 5 Bombay Sapphire and tonics? I have a feeling we’d go through much more…. *hic*
I shoulda known….
At the risk of making another self help guru wealthy, have you read Julie Morgenstern (sp) _Time Management from the Inside Out_ Best time management book I’ve ever read. And I’ve read a lot.
faiqa – As I mentioned to dmarks above, I’m open to reading new books. I’ll add that to my task list and go check out her book next time I’m at Borders. Thank you.
So, um, if you need a viewing partner for all that Monty Python, just let me know.
kapgar – By al means…. I’ll bring the whole box set with me on the next flight to Chicago. 😉
Regarding the pooping — I recommend taking a bit of Metamucil daily. The output is then of a form that requires little in the way of cleanup. That should save time.
It might save money as well — I’ve not done a TP vs Metamucil cost comparison, but there may be a savings.
delmer – I’ve actually considered some form of fiber. Quite seriously, I will have to try Metamucil to see if it reduces my time on the throne. More money to buy more magazine subscriptions.