Business Resolutions for 2013

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Dawn  and the Washington Monument

A new year is upon us, and like many others I have a few resolutions for my business and online life.

In addition to discussing the environment more frequently, here are some of my goals:

Less Travel

Philly During the Day B&W

Last year was my worst travel year since 2009, doubling my normal road time. This travel was in large part to support Marketing in the Round. By my calculations, I traveled at least one day a week 60% of the year, and from March until December it was more than 80%.

The impact on my family and personal exhaustion was significant.

There is no new book to promote in 2013. While I’m always game to travel for business reasons, the marketing and social media speaking circuits will see less of me next year… Unless people are willing to pay a significant fee.

It’s not about making money, rather creating a significant barrier so that I am on the road less. I want to be present for my daughter.

Business Only

It seems like I’ve had a serious pet project for each of the last three years. Whether it was fighting for the Gulf, writing and promoting books, or starting a company, there was an extra project at hand in addition to normal consulting.

In 2013, I intend to work hard in my business (including here on this blog), and turn off the lights. It’s a year to recharge the batteries, focus on what matters most, and run and bike outside.

My extra project for 2013 is being a Dad and a husband. That’s enough.

Take a Photography Class

Jefferson's Vegetable Garden Terrace

I receive a lot of compliments about my photography, which as a self taught amateur pleases me to no end. But I’d like to improve on my hobby a little.

Plus photography helps me relax, providing an easy creative outlet that doesn’t involve the rigmarole of developing, writing, publishing and marketing a book.

So next year, I will invest some time and take a photography class. Here is to learning new insights!


When a human doing stops to become a human being, it’s inevitable that you start to think. A lot.

That’s OK. Meditation bears creative fruit, always. That’s my experience.

So what’s next after some serious rest? Who knows? I certainly have a couple ideas now, but after meditation they could be completely invalid.

Until the path is clear, living in the present for a little while seems appropriate.

I’m sure just working hard, taking great pics, and meditating during off hours will produce a vision.

What are your business resolutions for 2013?

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  • Marjorie Clayman

    These all sound great, Geoff. Cheers to an awesome 2013 :)

    • geofflivingston

      Thanks, Margie! Good luck with your goals, too. Heckler’s Hangout, the newco name, cooking and fitness are all worthy goals!

  • Erin Feldman

    I’m so glad that you’re going to spend more time on your photography!

    One of my goals is to be full-time with Write Right by the end of 2013.

    • geofflivingston

      I miss time with my camera. It really makes me happy. I’m sure you’ll make your goal, Erin. To 2013!

  • Kaarina Dillabough

    No resolutions. Just focusing (hmmm…now where did I hear that word? ;) on results, starting/continuing today. All the best to you in 2013 my friend. Cheers! Kaarina

    • geofflivingston

      Thanks, Kaarina. I’m sure you will have a fantastic year as a result of your focus. Stick to it!

  • Marc Zazeela

    Cheers Geoff. I like this.

    Think about what you are doing rather than just doing what you are doing. Take time to think. You’ll probably be surprised at some of the great ideas you can conjure.


    • geofflivingston

      I did that in 2009 and I think it worked out. Time to strategize is a good thing so long as you don’t get stuck waiting for the perfect idea. Here’s to some new directions.

  • Karla Campos

    Meditation sounds like a good one, I would just change the first one for myself because I need more travel in my life. Hope you have a great 2013 : )

    • geofflivingston

      Yes, I know that feeling. I think I need more personal international travel in my life! This business stuff is for the birds, LOL! Cheers!

  • Brian Driggs

    Today marks a full year I’ve been smoke-free. Okay, okay. I’ve had 8 cigarettes this year, but you get the idea. For 2013, I’m looking to keep the business resolutions simple.

    1. Make Gearbox Magazine more magazine than blog.
    2. Make my first dollar with the magazine. (Paid subscribers!)
    3. Be ready to offer a printed version in 2014.

    Happy New Year, Geoff.

    • geofflivingston

      Good luck with Gearbox, Brian. You sound absolutely focused, and I am sure that dedication will pay off.

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