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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.