Goals 2020

Posted on December 20, 2019 in reflection, motivation

At the end of each year, I like to sit down and write about all the positive impacts and learnings I had over the year. 2019 was an unforgettable year.

I proposed and am engaged, Astral entered it's third year running, and I started picking up some old hobbies again.

These are all positive points of reflection and I am very proud of what I have accomplished. 2019 was also one of the hardest and most chaotic years for me as well. It was a year of constant mental exhaustion and physical perseverance. If there is one thing I know though, it is that I do not give up easily, nor without a fight.

For 2020, I plan to embrace change, embrace positivity, and embrace balance. In order to achieve all of this, I plan to adopt some old habits. As it turns out, younger me was a pretty bright person and I can still learn a thing or two from him.

Goals for 2020

1. Take time to reflect

In 2017, I took on the challenge of writing something small each day in a journal. I originally proposed the challenge as a mechanism for me to reflect on my first year as an entrepreneur but ultimately kept writing as it was fun and often enlightening.

Shortly after 2018, I had stopped writing daily but the days I did write, I felt more in-tune with what I was feeling at the moment.

In 2020, I plan to write each and every day.

2. Write everything down

I have learned an incredible amount these past three years as an entrepreneur and as a developer. A major milestone for me this year was understanding the importance of good documentation.

This year, I plan to publish and grow a personal knowledge base. I want my personal knowledge base to be a fun and diverse space where I can document code snippets, personal recipes, or even personal life hacks. Ultimately, I would like to use this knowledge base as a source of personal inspiration and reflection where I can see all the topics I have learned in one, concise place.

3. Read more books

I spent a lot of time commuting on subways which gave me ample time to read some amazing books over the years. Now that I work from home, I need to allow myself the time to read.

Scaling a business has not been easy and I have dedicated almost every waking hour towards running it; however, I know my work-life balance has not been sustainable for me. A major motivating factor in scheduling more time to read is to achieve a better work-life balance.

I plan to document which books I read in the knowledge base under a reading list.

I have already started reading Some Birds Don't Fly by Gary Paulsen which I plan to finish before the start of 2020.

4. Be a friend

If I had a catch-phrase the past couple of years, it was, "I can't, I'm working."

In 2020, I plan to stay in touch with friends more and make conscious efforts to schedule time to talk or hang out.


I am eager and empowered to make a big impact this year. I feel ready, more than I have ever been, to make these changes.

Thomas Lackemann :)


Tom is the founder of Astral TableTop. He's a homebrewer, hiker, and has an about page. Follow @tlackemann on Twitter for more discussions like this.