1/2/09 - A new year, a fresh start?

The first of the year is kind of a joke. Most people treat it like it's a fresh start to everything. It's almost like they think that the previous 365 days (or 366 during years following a leap year) can just be wiped away.

I can see how that is somewhat true. The holidays for me are always a time of year where work slows down (way, way down), I have to use up the remainder of my vacation, and we get several days off in the months of November and December for holidays. Starting January 2nd, work picks right back up, days off are rare for holidays and I try to save as much vacation as possible for the summer. As far as that goes, it kind of does start over.

Years past, I know that new year's resolutions don't work. It was a coincidence that Cristi and I started an envelope budget on the first of the year, but we have actually kept that all year (and it has worked tremendously...if you want more details, just ask...). I've never known anyone to keep a resolution for more than a month or so, and typically it lasts no more than 2 weeks.

I say all that to say this. I think I might try a resolution or two this year. If they work out, it's a bonus, but if for some reasont hey don't, I'm not going to beat myself up. I was doing really good with fitness and eating habits until about 2 weeks ago. My workout partners got real busy (as did I) with travel, work, etc. so we basically quit working out. On top of that, with Thanksgiving and Christmas brings all sorts of good (and not healthy) food. All that together means that I'm not quite where I want to be.

Here are the things that I'm going to work on.

1) Start working out again. If the other guys can't do it, I have no excuse as I have all the equipment I need at home to get a very good workout every day.

2) Start getting up at a better time. Considering I am supposed to be at work by 8:00. 7:30 is not the best time to be waking up. I also need to work on getting out of bed when the alarm goes off instead of hitting snooze for an hour. This will make my wife very happy if I can fix it. Along the same lines, I need to start getting to bed at a better time, that should help with getting up earlier.

3) Eating better. I think this will come naturally once the holidays are over and all the leftovers are eaten, but it would be nice to start cooking again which would quite possibly save on grocery/food expense, it would allow to better control what I'm eating, and it would give me a reason to use some of the awesome Christmas gifts I received.

4) Really work on Grass Guys. This year, now that I have a few clients pretty much locked in for the next year, I can branch out a little and start expanding into the commerical area. This will take a bit of faith because I will be required to get liability insurance (which is not cheap). Of course, I've been gambling the last two years by not carrying it, but in all honesty, even as well as I did the last two seasons, I couldn't afford it to get it. For me to get the insurance and add this expense, if I don't truly focus on getting the commercial accounts, I'll be in the red for the 3rd year in a row which according to the IRS means that I will have to pay backtaxes on the last three years, filing my business as a hobby (this is of course assuming that I understand the tax laws).

That's the four I've got going, I think what I might do is try to post updates occassionaly on how I'm doing with these. It might give me a bit of motivation knowing that other people will know if I fail or not. It will also give me the ability to go back and look at my progress as well by keeping a log.

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I would like to know more about the envelope budget. I heard you talking about it but never quite understood it.

By Blogger sdhorton, at January 2, 2009 at 3:34 PM  

sounds like a perfect excuse for another post. I'll make that one of the next things I discuss.

By Blogger DJ Walker, at January 2, 2009 at 3:36 PM  

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