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New Year's Checklist 2020


It’s a new year! I don’t have any clever jokes or deep wisdom or long, introspective essays to share at this time (I have those the rest of the year though!). Instead, here’s a checklist for the new year.

In no particular order:

  • Greet your loved ones and friends and anyone else you hold dear. Maybe even those you disagree with
  • Ponder why people give so much significance to the transition between an arbitrarily-chosen pair of 24 hour periods
  • Take stock and reflect on the past year
  • Think about what you’d like to learn this year or how you want to improve
  • Count your blessings for the past year and be grateful
  • Change your passwords
  • Buy a new toothbrush
  • Set a target of how many books you’ll read in 2020
  • Choose the first book to read
  • Throw away a few things you no longer need
  • Make a list of where you will travel to in 2020
  • Check out what movies are coming out this year and which ones you want to watch (see below)
  • Audit your financials – where is your money going, how much do you owe, how much are you earning, where should you invest, etc
  • Pick up your keyboard and shake out all the grime that’s gathered there over the past year
  • Make a list of projects you want to do in 2020
  • Choose something from the past year that you’re going to stop watching or doing
  • Eat your favorite food. Or ice cream. Ice cream is great.
  • Get rid of 2019 calendars
  • Make a list for the new year!
  • Clean up the photos on your phone, tablet and computer
  • Delete all files downloaded 2018 or earlier
  • Follow up on the people who owe you money or things
  • Review your recurring luxury costs (Netflix, etc) and evaluate whether you still really need them
  • Export your FB, Instagram and Twitter data

Some things I’m looking forward to in 2020:

Movies:

  • 07 Feb Birds of Prey
  • 03 Apr New Mutants
  • 01 May Black Widow
  • 05 Jun Wonder Woman 1984
  • 31 Jul Morbius
  • 02 Oct Venom 2
  • 06 Nov Eternals

Games:

  • 03 Mar FF7R
  • 31 Mar P5R

TV:

  • Jan Arrowverse Crisis on Infinite Earths finale
  • Jan Doctor Who series 12
  • 4Q Falcon and Winter Soldier
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