The Good Place is a show about everything

“The Good Place” is a show about everything — including, and especially, growing and learning. By all rights, it should probably be awful — preachy, awkward, tedious, wooden, labored and out of touch. Instead, it is excellent: a work of popular art that hits on many levels at once.

The Ultimate Sitcom (New York Times Magazine)

When the show first premiered I didn’t know what to make of it — a bizarre sci-fi fantasy sitcom hybrid anchored in ethics and philosophy. But it grew on us. And it feels like such a perfectly-timed series given what’s happening in the world right now.

Goals for 2020

It’s been a year since I laid out my New Year goals for 2019.

I’m ashamed to say they were mostly a miss.

  1. Complete coding courses & share the results: I didn’t finish any coding courses.
  2. Do more creative work and share it: I doodled a bit in my sketchbook towards the end of the year, but I didn’t share anything.
  3. Publish one new page per week to my site: I only published a couple — my Newsletters and Bookmarks.
  4. Read at least one book per month, share the takeaways: I read a few books but never wrote takeaways.
  5. Record and publish one podcast episode per week: I didn’t record any podcast episodes.
  6. Learn audio production, share my notes: Nada.
  7. Learn video production, share my notes: Nada.
  8. Get back into gaming & streaming: Nada.
  9. Send a monthly newsletter: Nada.
  10. Spend more time with family: I’ve been able to visit my family a bit more, now that we’re east of Toronto, but not nearly to the extent that I wanted.
  11. Keep the road trips going. Share the experience: We roadtripped through Italy for our honeymoon, but I didn’t do any sharing.
  12. Return to a healthy lifestyle: Last couple of months are better, but my weight is still where it was from years ago.

2019 wasn’t a total flop; it was full of life-changing milestones.

We were engaged and married in the spring; vacationed in northern Italy for our honeymoon; bought our first new car in August; and bought a house in September.

On the professional front I moved back into a community-focused role at GoDaddy; presented at a handful of WordCamps; and co-led a workshop at WordCamp US in St. Louis.

I also learned quite a bit about how I work.

Goals are great, but it’s the day-to-day tasks that makes progress. I learned that I need to make the time to work against my goals, and defend that time, otherwise they won’t happen.

Mornings are the most productive time of the day for me, so I need to defend that time and keep it free from meetings.

That time is finite, though — so as I look ahead to 2020, I’m thinking about how to plan my goals around what time I have available.

That means not trying to do too much, limiting my goals, and figuring out how my weekly routines will make progress against those goals.

Underlying all of that is a philosophy that my life is a latticework of projects and relationships, professional and personal.

It’s a duality of my identity. Neither side defines me wholly — but both sides are important.

So, with all of that said, what am I thinking of for 2020?

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