Today I turn 34. I’m ok with this, as I’ve never really been subconscious about my age. I recently read about an exercise in a book, that laid out a different way of setting goals. The idea is to write 500 words of how you want your life to look in 2 years. Then work every day towards making your life fit that scene. I would like to share with you how I want my life to look like in 2 years. I am doing this for my own self-reflection, as well as to deliver accountability to myself.
April 3, 2020
I wake up at 5:00 am, head downstairs to make some coffee, and start 10 minutes of meditation. After I have focused my mind, I do some laps on my rowing machine for 20 minutes. I grab a cup of coffee and head to my computer to write for 1 hour uninterrupted. I write about new ideas and trends, web development tutorials, anything that I feel adds value to my audience.
At 6:30 am I head upstairs to wake up my kids, and help get them ready for school. I spend the next 2 hours getting them dressed, fed, and out the door. I drop my kids off at school at 8:45 am, then head to my office.
My business has pivoted mostly out of business services, and into online products and software services. We now run several established products and a couple niche e-commerce stores. I arrive as Jamie briefs me on any items that need my immediate attention.
I spend the day programming new features that our customers have requested. I focus on the quality of the experience, rather than the speed on which it goes to market. I work with a great team of people in our office. I enjoy the work, the people, and our customers.
Around 6:00 pm I head home to have dinner with my family. I spend a nice evening with my kids, read them some stories, and even catch an inning or two of baseball with my son Zach. I put the kids to bed at 8:30 pm, and grab a good book (if there is no baseball on of course).
My weekends are now for me and my family. Work no longer enters them. I take my son and daughter to baseball games plus cultural events. We go golfing and fishing in the summer, and snowboarding and skiing in the winter.
I make the time for my wife and me to have time together. I make the time for myself to have some fun and forget about life for a while. I golf again, snowboard, and spend time fishing. I spend some time to play video games for fun, but I still suck at FPS games.
I have managed to balance out my life and work. I realize as a creator, there are always things you could be building. Nothing is ever “done”. I accept this and learn to create things in balance. I sleep well at night, read lots of good books, have some fun, and spend lots of time with my family.
I take vacations. I’m still not much of a vacation type person, but I make sure to take some anyway. I go out East every October with my wife and kids. We visit my family overseas and take a few trips to the south.
I am excited to go to work each day and excited to go home each night. Each week presents new challenges that I look forward to handling. Business is on track, stable, and growing. My team knows how to handle things without me intervening.
I love my life. I love my wife. I love my kids.
Chris. This is a model of success and self-discipline.
If I’m not asking too much, could you please recommend me some of the best books you read?
I am still in the “business services” stage trying to manage it to online products and software services.