Last year, I put together a List of Things for 2012. It wasn’t a bucket list — just a list of things I wanted to make more time for in my day-to-day life.
I had three big things in mind for 2012:
-Travel more — I got out to Austin, New York, New Orleans, Denver and Vancouver. Not bad.
-Speak publicly — I gave a TEDx talk, and I hosted a talk at a big journalism conference.
-Ship things — This one I really took to heart. This year: Tools for Reporters. Very Quotatious. And a whole bunch of Stry.us related stuff.
Now with 2012 almost finished, I’m looking toward 2013. Seven things are on my list:
Build more stuff — with others.
Learn new web tools.
Follow up better (with friends/colleagues).
Spend more time outdoors.
Make more time for art (theater, museums).
Most of that stuff is pretty self-explanatory, but to take the final one a step further:
As I look at 2013, I want my work to reflect one thing: A desire to do good for others and our world. I want to make stuff that makes our world more good. And by that, I mean: I want to do work that helps move us forward. I want to do work that makes our world a more pleasant place.
And in everything I do, I want that spirit of “good” to be present.
Doing work is a wonderful thing, but to do work that helps make our world a little better — that’d be amazing.
In 2013, that’s what I’m hoping to do.