Living by design: 2017 edition

2017 was the third year in a row that I used a comprehensive goal-setting system to increase my productivity and enjoyment in all areas of life. Some call this “living by design” or “life hacking.” To me, it’s about taking a more proactive approach to living, to treating life as a fun experiment, and to pursuing my dreams armed with a plan. You can read more about my system here.

Now that the year is over, I thought I would share my results.

So how did it go?

Overall, it was a good year. I was able to achieve (or come close to achieving) many of my goals for the year, as you can see in my ultra-nerdy graph below. Three big accomplishments this year were: traveling across the southern United States to patronize some of the jazz clubs in New Orleans’ French Quarter, the blues bars on Memphis’ Beale Street, and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville; watching a rocket launch live from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida; and raising over $10,000 for the Project Change Foundation. Also, I was able to achieve most of my professional and financial goals this year. This is reassuring as I continue to adopt a more location independent lifestyle.

On the flip side, I struggled with some of my health and romantic goals in 2017. For example, I didn’t make it to a single yoga class despite setting a goal to attend at least 30. Clearly, it’s time to shake things up. So, in 2018, I plan to focus more on my physical health and romantic life, create some new goals in these areas, and be more intentional about achieving them.

I truly hope that 2017 was a good year for you, and I wish you much fun, fulfillment and adventure in the year ahead. Happy New Year everyone!

Warmly, Joe

Notes: i) For privacy reasons, I have elected not to disclose my revenue and investment targets. ii) I did in fact set romantic goals, but I’m way too bashful to reveal them publicly. Ask me about it offline.