Since the first notes of Auld Lang Syne were struck to signal the start of 2017 I've been trying to work out what my goals (or "resolutions") for the year ahead would be.
Well, it's only taken me 10 days but I think I finally know the things I want to focus on for this year.
Read 10 books (at least 4 being technical)
This goal may not seem all that high for most people, but combined with working, watching TV with my wife, playing video games, and working on things at home that I want to do, I've found it incredibly difficult to squeeze reading in as yet another activity in my week.
That's why this year I'm setting myself the goal of reading 10 books, 4 of which are non-fiction technical books to increase my knowledge.
You can follow my progress (if that's your thing) on GoodReads
One of the things I've noticed over the last 3-4 months is just how much I waste, be that money, time, food or anything else.
This year I just want to waste less, rather than going out for lunch 5 days a week, bring food I've already brought/cooked from home at least 3 times a week.
Rather than spend an hour trawling through the inevitable cycle of Facebook, Twitter, Imgur, Twitter, Imgur, Facebook spend that time working towards my reading challenge, working on that cool new side project I'm doing or just chilling out in front of the PS4 or Netflix. Anything rather than nothing.
Quality over Quantity
For anyone who knows me, going to concerts is a big deal for me. It is probably the most social thing I spend my time doing. In the last 12-18 months I've been to at least 1 concert every month (festivals inclusive).
This year I've decided I'm going to be much more selective about what I go see. Rather than go see a band I've seen 4 times since they released their most recent album (no matter how good they are) I'll skip them this time round, maybe go see a local band who are playing their first headline show, or a band travelling for their first UK tour in 3-4 years.
I want to be more selective over who I see, create more memories, rather than it just becoming "another gig".