There are so many things that I am wanting to try and get accomplished in 2023 and beyond. There are so many projects, so little time to work on all of them. Maybe not so little time, but it is finding the time and the time management to work on and accomplish them that is the issue. I have outlined goals before, and they have fallen by the wayside. I am horrible at holding myself accountable for things, and also pretty poor at sticking with things over the long term.
I am hoping for 2023 to get situated with a proper planner and use the damn thing to keep myself a bit more organized, as well as keeping myself accountable for a lot of the things I am wanting to do and work on.
The big three, as they have been before, are writing, gaming, and gambling.
The goals for this are similar as years past, I want to work on journaling every day, or at least most days. I was fairly good at this this year but not the best when I was home in the beginning of the year, and I figured with everything that was going on then, that is to be expected. During that time period though I did do a good deal of writing, working out the backstory for something that has been in the works since I lived in Reno, so that felt good to get accomplished, however I haven’t done much with it since. Making decent progress on NaNoWriMo as well, so I can’t say I haven’t done any writing this year.
I do want to continue with all of that into 2023, as well as keep going on the coffee shop/café reviews as well. I am hopeful that I can knock out one review a week at least, it shouldn’t be too difficult to keep up with that, the biggest challenge may be working out the formatting for it on here. I also would like to try and write 500-1,000 words a day on some sort of fiction, either something new, or working on any of the number of projects I already have in the works.
It would of course make the most sense to work on the projects that already exist, especially since two of them are so damn big, however I also know I will need to go back and do a lot of work to try and get all the details right on those projects as well which will requite a good deal of editing which I am not looking forward to but is a necessity and something I have been putting off for far too long.
Blogging, something I struggled a bit with this year, or at least more so than I wanted to. Something that I have a love and hate relationship with. It is forever a struggle to find things that I feel are worth writing about. With café reviews that takes a little bit of the pressure off, but I still have to get out and visit cafés at the same time. I am hopeful to get back into the swing of posting three times a week either in December or come January. Either or would be good, however with the upcoming travel it will be a little bit of a challenge for the month of December perhaps.
Gaming is where I have struggled mightily. Games struggle to hold my attention, or I play them a bunch for a couple of days, and then struggle to come back to them. I would like to have some sort of a more clearcut plan for them, both regular sorts of games, as well as sports gaming (both of the management variety and otherwise).
Finding time to game during the week when I get home from work is a challenge. There generally just isn’t enough time, which is unfortunate, but when dealing with dinner for all of us, play time with the baby and bath time as well, there just isn’t a ton of time for anything else. One thing I thought that I could work towards would be playing at least one game of a sports game (management or otherwise) per day at a minimum. I feel that is a reasonable goal, as the games themselves last at most maybe 20 or so minutes. That isn’t too big of a time sink I feel, and would be something achievable, or at least mildly achievable.
I also would like to be able to complete at least one flight in Microsoft Flight Sim with FSEconomy a week, as well as perhaps a drive in each of the American and European Trucking Sims every week as well. They don’t have to be long but completing them will at least keep me engaged with the games, and I feel that is important at least. I don’t think it is unreasonable to want to stay more connected to games instead of going months without touching one. As for the bigger games, stuff like Skyrim, Fallout 3, 4, New Vegas, all the Tomb Raider and Hitman games, I will figure out what to do about those later, those are not as easy to drop in and play for 15-30 minutes at a time and I don’t know what my plan for that is going to be, same to be said about all the Switch games. That I can figure out later, or so I hope.
In 2022 I made it to one new casino, Resorts World Las Vegas, and my first visit to the Las Vegas strip in a few years as well. It was good, overwhelming, but good. Ilani up the highway from me has opened up their sportsbook, with zero publicity, and I have yet to make it up there. I want to before the end of the year at least to check it out, give it a once over and add it to the review. I would like to make it to some more in 2023, which I feel will be likely as there will almost certainly be more trips to Las Vegas in 2023, which means I should be able to make it to Circa, the Virgin hotel and casino, as well as the rebranded Hard Rock (Mirage) and the Palms now that it has been taken over San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Also would be good to make it back to Horseshoe (formally Ballys) and potentially the Tropicana which will turn in to Bally’s, yay for everything getting sold, renamed, and the like.
When it comes to the sports data, well, I need to totally redo all of that. After the last Los Angeles trip in October, I effectively stopped collecting data. The weekends were getting too overwhelming with all of the soccer, and college football. I need a better plan, a better way or organizing things, and potentially finding a way to make things more automated than things are at present because right now, it is so damn much work on a daily basis and it is overwhelming. Either that, or I need to dramatically cut down on the amount of leagues, or the amount of data that I am tracking for soccer (like spreads and over/under odds) so it is a much more streamlined process to input the data into Excel or into a paper notebook, which I still toy with the idea of doing, even if it is wildly impractical by comparison.
Overall, I just want to be better at focusing, creating, and holding myself accountable for the things that I want to get done, and in the case of a lot of them, wanted to get done or do or work on for years. I need to not struggle so much with motivation, and be better at holding myself accountable for all of the goals that I have. I don’t think that is too much to shoot for, but at the same time, I know it is going to be a challenge, hopefully one that I am able to overcome.