2012 – Seize the Year!

by mjtaylor on December 31, 2011

My mother always told me to live each day as though it was my last – and if I buy into Apocalypse 2012, (and even if I don’t) it makes sense to live the coming year as though it were my last. Either way, it makes sense to wave the Carpe Annum banner, doesn’t it?

The easiest way I’ve found to make the most of a day – or any stretch of time – is to plan ahead. So, I’m taking the first week of the year to list what I want to accomplish, workwise, in the coming months and outline a schedule to accomplish it.

For a start:

  1.  Complete my Key West site design and install WordPress with Thesis as the platform: (AbsolutelyKeyWest.com);
  2. Plan, photograph and write the posts to fill out and complete the neighborhoods section of a real estate client site. I have one section halfway done for the Casa Marina area of Key West;
  3. Create a workable social SEO schedule for client Twitter campaigns;
  4. Add Google+ pages for clients — I have truly been resisting this; I just feel Twitter and Facebook offer enough social networking opportunities.

It’s the schedule that will be the biggest challenge for me. I’ve always enjoyed the flexibility of the self-employed – working when I am inclined or when the pressure of a deadline presents. For 2012, though, I would like to create a more disciplined work routine.

I don’t want to set a goal I can’t keep – if I wanted to do that, I would be considering New Year’s Resolutions. Instead, I will be working toward goals that make me feel good. I will set a goal of minimum weekly billable hours, and set a daily schedule that puts me at the keyboard for more than enough hours to accomplish that.
I will have my long range plan – and I will have a daily list; I will use a technique I learned years ago from Tom Hopkins:

“Every evening, write down the six most important things that you must do the next day. Then while you sleep your subconscious will work on the best ways for you to accomplish them. Your next day will go much more smoothly.” ~ Tom Hopkins

So, I have a plan. At the end of the year – assuming we are all here New Year’s Eve 2012 – I will have accomplished more in 2012 than in 2011. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Aztec Mayan Calendar

As to the prediction of the end times, I find the Mayan calendar theory a much more amusing and appealing theory than Biblical Revelations – the Aztec calendars, which were used to predict astral events, such as sunrises, sunsets, etc. were calculated up to Dec. 12, 2012. Personally. I don’t really think there’s any reason to believe the “World As We Know It” will disappear this year, but our failure as a race to address Climate Change and religious differences may certainly accelerate those days to the foreseeable future. Or so it seems to me.

What’s your plan for 2012? How will you Carpe Annum?

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