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New Years Hopes

As we head back to work to start 2008, I've been thinking about what I want to accomplish this year.  I don't usually make New Years Resolutions, but this year really feels like the start of a new phase of my life and is worth some reflection.

  1. I am in the process of starting a new investment firm with three other people.  More details will follow soon, but I can say that it is something different than the early-stage venture capital investing I have done for the past nine years.  There are market segments that are less efficient and less crowded than VC, and I plan to take my skills there.  My top business goal for the year is to get this new firm off the ground successfully.
  2. I have found that the Internet has become a great source of distraction.  Email, RSS feeds, social networks, podcasts, and more take up a great deal of time.  I'm going to be more disciplined as to when each day I pay attention to these things and manage the time I spend on them more effectively.  I have to put more time into things that are important rather than just interesting.
  3. A side-effect of the problem in #2 is that I am reading fewer books.  I'm going to be sure to at least do some reading before bed every night, and hopefully more than that.  I think that overall I am reading more than ever before, but the content has shifted to shorter form Internet content.  Good stuff, but not a substitute for books.
  4. I need to get more sleep.  I have always needed less sleep than the average person.  I typically get six hours per night, maybe seven on the weekends.  But, as I get older, I think that my body needs more than this.  Getting plenty of sleep this past week has refreshed me, and I am going to get more sleep each night.
  5. One reason I only sleep six hours per night is that I get up early to exercise.  I love working out first thing in the morning.  It gets my exercise in, and gets me fully awake.  If I get busy or have a late night commitment, I've sacrificed sleep in favor of getting my work-out in.  In 2008, I'll make this trade-off in the opposite direction, but still making sure I get 4 workouts in a week.  Since I generally haven't worked out on the weekends, I'll probably change that so I can get enough sleep during the week.
  6. OK, like a lot of people, I need to lose (at least) 15 pounds.  More like 25 really.  I'll start with having a salad for lunch every day...Boring, but necessary.

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