On 2020 goal setting

2020 crept up quickly.

In previous years, I’d have already developed my master plan for the year, my three words for the first quarter, and a slew of SMART goals to light the way.

I’d have already begun to dust off my favorite journaling tools, productivity hacks, food and health trackers, and this blog. (Okay, I’m guilty on that last one.)

This year, I’m taking a slightly different approach. I’m setting a few loose goals, and I’ll probably develop some quarterly OKRs (Objectives and Key Results), but my focus will be on a single principle:

Don’t waste any time.

Rather than accomplish some finite set of things that I determined in the beginning of the year were good things to pursue, I’m shifting my focus to be day-to-day, moment-to-moment. I intend to nurture my own intentionality with how I spend my time.

Do impactful work, pursue meaningful play

At the end of this decade, I want to be able to say I did my best work, created memorable experiences with my family, served others, and enjoyed the many things others have crafted for my own nourishment (films, books, food, experiences.)

When I worked… I worked on the right stuff. When I rested… I rested with purpose.

2019 was a year of wandering for me. That feeling always stirs up this classic Tolkien quote:

Not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Here’s an alternate take: Most people who wander are lost.

It’s okay to be lost, and it’s okay to wander. I’ll always wander.

My focus on intentionality and self-awareness in 2020 will hopefully empower me to wander meaningfully.


Tom Tate

I'm a suburban polymath living just outside Philadelphia with my wonderful wife and three kids. Digital marketing nerd for a SaaS company by day. Rabid movie, music, game, and book consumer by morning, noon, and night. I share life hacks and learnings via email at Weekly Coffee. I also host Power Time Podcast, a Nintendo retrospective. Sometimes I write stuff. Most of the time, it's on the internet.