I like sharing my plans with those who will listen. For example, last year I said what I was going to do in 2019, and as far as I can tell it is mission accomplished. Now my goals for 2020 are a little more structured and ambitious..
Whereas last year, I wanted to just kinda “go with the flow” and see what happens. Looking back, it went well and relatively according to plan. The first half of the year was a lot of work, and then things sort of leveled off in the summer and into fall. The last few months of 2019 were a blessing, as they enabled me to recharge my creative battery and prepare for what’s next.
So now in 2020, I am feeling super-charged and focused, ready to go. The plan is to simplify and amplify my efforts toward better results. Currently I’ve got a million projects and things all over the place. So I’m putting much more emphasis on simplifying my workload and routine.
A big part of simplification is consolidation and elimination. As much as I dislike ending projects (especially long-running ones), I want to cut way, way, way back on the number of “little” tasks I have to do, each year, each month, etc. The more stuff you put out there, the more time it takes to keep things updated and working with all the latest. And with 20+ years working online, it definitely is time to simplify.
Instead of having a million little projects, I want to consolidate my efforts and focus on two things: books and plugins. By the end of the year, around 90% of my online time will be spent on either writing books or developing plugins. That’s a lofty goal, but something definite to work towards.
Online work goals
Here is a quick overview of some of the online goals I want to achieve in 2020:
- Redesign Perishable Press
- Add a books.perishablepress.com subdomain
- Build a bookstore on the subdomain
- Move my bookstore at wp-tao.com to the new subdomain store (in progress..)
- Remove e-commerce stuff from current book sites (e.g., DigWP.com, .htaccess made easy, The Tao of WordPress, and WP Themes In Depth)
- Write some more books :)
So the current book sites will be more static (read: less work) and just point to the
books subdomain here at Perishable Press. That way I’ll have two main properties to focus on: Perishable Press (books/tutorials) and Plugin Planet (plugins).
More focus = higher quality.
I find that, between books and plugins, I get to do most of the things I enjoy online. Like writing, blogging, designing, publishing, graphic design, photography, web development, server ops, security, SEO, and the occasional audio track and/or video production. Producing books and plugins makes use of all those thangz.
So that’s the big push for this year. Lord willing, there will be enough time to achieve these goals while maintaining a good balance between online and real-world realities. It’s gotta be 50/50 or you’re just missing out on too much good stuff.
Here’s to 2020 and beyond.