My New Years Resolution: Declaring 2011 the Year of Loose Ends

2010 has been one of the busiest years of my life. I haven’t lived all that long quite yet so that may not be saying much but for me, it has been a whole new experience. This blog has grown in big ways this year and it isn’t the only project I have been involved in; The Yakezie network has really taken off since its beginning in April, I have been doing a great deal of freelancing in the later half of 2010 and I’ve got plenty more going on in my offline life to keep my hands full.

But with all that has been going on, I have this nagging feeling that I have a lot that has gone on unfinished. I’ve started multiple websites that are now dormant and not because I have lost the passion for the topic but simply because I didn’t make the time to get things rolling. I’ve noticed a lot more clutter around my home than used to be there and I also have a growing list of honeydo’s that needs tending.

I need to shake this feeling and so I am declaring 2011 the year of loose ends.

There is much to do and if I don’t draw a line somewhere, 2011 will be just as busy and this feeling will carry over into 2012. I simply can’t have that happen, so in order to get things done, I have thought of a couple rules I plan to follow in 2011:

No more projects

I start project after project all the time, online and off. I have a backlog of ideas with numbers into the hundreds. The problem with that is that my attention is spread so much between all of these projects, nothing ever gets accomplished and things I’d really like to pursue are left by the wayside.

In 2011 I will focus my energy and time on completing the projects that I have already started. I won’t be taking on any new projects during the year, and hopefully by 2012 I will have some things completed.

Declutter my life

The clutter in my life is becoming unbearable, physically and digitally. I’ve already begun pruning some of my digital data that has become useless but I need to extend that to the physical world.

Starting the first week in January, I will start going through all my possessions and if I haven’t used it in 6 months and have no sentimental attachment to it I will sell it.

I’ve said this before and it never happens because selling things takes time. I know that it’s hard for me to follow through when that requires more of my time that I don’t have so as a backup plan to selling my things, I pledge that if my junk sales extend into February, I will donate the excess to a thrift store. I have a box of “to sell” stuff dating back to 2008 and I can’t take it anymore!

Repair and restore

While my home and many other areas of my life have gathered far too much clutter during 2010, a few areas have also fallen into disrepair. My home needs some serious work in areas and I know that it will cost me far more money in the future if repairs are not done now.

This is where the honeydo’s come into play as well. There are some things we planned to do with the house when we bought it almost five years ago that still haven’t been done. The remodels are fairly minor but the strain on my time budget made them impossible this year. With my cut-back on new work, and my focus on getting things done, I will make an extra effort to schedule in time to finish off the honeydo list once and for…a while. These improvements to our home will certainly make life much more enjoyable around here for me and my family.

This sums up my New Year’s Resolutions for 2011:

  • Stop expansion and focus on what I have
  • Get rid of what isn’t necessary or useful
  • Polish what is useful to a working state again

I know the importance of specificity and have a plan all ready to accomplish these goals, so here’s to a new year! I am excited about 2011 and know it will be just as great as 2010 has been!

Do you have any resolution for this coming year?

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» Jeff @ Sustainable Life BlogNo Gravatar said: { Dec 27, 2010 - 02:12:14 }

I think I’m in a similar boat – I need to wrap up loose ends on multiple projects (So they can be done and I can start new ones), but sometimes it just feels like there’s not enough time – so i’m also going to try in 2011 to use my time better. I just need to figure out the best system!

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Jeff, time management is tricky business too. I know I waste far too much time each day doing things that aren’t essential to growth. I need to try and use the 80/20 approach in every area of my life, getting the biggest result form 20% of what I do and leaving my perfectionism alone. It’s tough but I’m to a point that I can’t get anything done with the bad time management skills I have now, and something needs to change drastically. If I find anything that starts to work really well, you’ll be t he first to know about it 🙂

» MoneyConeNo Gravatar said: { Dec 27, 2010 - 02:12:25 }

De-cluttering is top on my list too! Have a bunch of stuff I need to get rid off. Good luck on your resolve!

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

thanks my friend, it’s tough to let go sometimes but when the value isn’t there any longer, the material possession has to go!

» YanaNo Gravatar said: { Dec 27, 2010 - 05:12:43 }

I’m not making formal resolutions, but I can sure relate to decluttering. I am a bad packrat, and the amount of junk we have is ridiculous. I know we would feel much better by lightening our load. On the other hand, I had a brown silk jacket that a couple of family members told me made me look like a bag lady – I got rid of it, and have regretted doing so multiple times! LOL. Next time I won’t give in to peer pressure, but there is still a lot of stuff that needs to go.

I have the sense that 2011 will be busier for us than 2010 has been. Hopefully in good ways 🙂

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Bag lady huh? That’s pretty harsh 😉 I think I’d get rid of it too, but you gotta try your best to be strong against adversity!

I’ll be sure to let you know how the shedding goes but I know it’s going to be tough for sure

» Kay Lynn @ Bucksome BoomerNo Gravatar said: { Dec 27, 2010 - 07:12:28 }

Your goals are a great example of evaluating where you are, where you want to be and what to do to get there. Good luck with all three. I’ll be posting my goals later this week.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

I look forward to reading yours and thank you, I can use all the luck I can get 😉

» Financial SamuraiNo Gravatar said: { Dec 27, 2010 - 11:12:39 }

Sounds like some good goals to have Jesse! Didn’t realize you had so many projects! I don’t have many at all. I’d love to hear you sing and play piano! Record it and put it on your site!

Cheers, Sam

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

I have too many interests to count 😉 my wife has her hands full just trying to keep me out of the clouds dreaming up new ideas because I haven’t finished the dozens I’ve already started. Hopefully after 2011 I’ll have less baggage and will be able to take new ideas and run with them right away.

Another of my projects in launching Jan 1 and It’s all about my piano playing, with videos+singing so stay tuned 😉

Financial SamuraiNo Gravatar Reply:

Excellent! Can’t wait to check out the music!

» krantcentsNo Gravatar said: { Dec 28, 2010 - 11:12:26 }

Four months ago, I started my blog so that will fill considerable time and effort in 2011. I am putting some other goals together, but the blog is my main one. I handle loos ends along the way by putting together lists and cross them off as I complete them. I have a feeling of accomplishment.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Congrats on the new blog and the feeling of accomplishment 😉

I try to do the todo lists as I go as well, but it eventually gets overwhelmed. I’ll try and carry forward the clean slate this year though, we’ll see how it goes!

» NatalieNo Gravatar said: { Dec 30, 2010 - 01:12:44 }

Hi Jesse, I am new to your blog. I just read your about me section. You seem so well off, so mature for your age- 23. I am 22 and I really don’t think I am as self actualized as you are at this stage in my life…although i am actively trying to get there. I too make resolutions/goals for the new year…i try to make it really positive though, and I am going to make a vision board as well (something i learned from ‘the secret’ seems to work pretty well in my experience). I get what you mean about the projects thing…i feel like i always have so many ideas so i start new projects but sometimes i am not able to finish them. One of my goals is to never start a new project until i finish the last one! seems simple, but sometimes it is difficult. Happy New Year…look forward to reading your other blogs!

» Forex trading strategiesNo Gravatar said: { Jan 10, 2011 - 12:01:16 }

I know exactly what you are talking about. I had so many projects this year that most of them didn’t achieve the goals I was planning for them. I have decided that this year I will put all my attention in top two projects for the whole year. I have learned my lesson in 2010 🙂

Keep up the good work.

Cheers Alex

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Priorities my friend, that’s what it’s all about. Grouping and prioritizing your goals is a great way to get the most important things DONE 🙂

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