Friday, January 1, 2010


It is time to start the new year with a music mix by DJ Steve Boyett of Groovelectric:

The mix that starts the year needs to be optimistic, uplifting, forward-looking. It has to make you want to face the next 365 days. And since this one comes out on the first day of the year, it also has to make you want to face this day. (

This first day of the year MMX, I have been contemplating about my three keywords for 2010. Here is an excerpt from Chris Brogan's post, My 3 Words for 2010:

What will your 3 words be? How do you choose?

Pick three words that help you the way a lighthouse helps a ship in a storm. Give yourself a word that guides you towards a powerful new opportunity, and that keeps you focused on what comes of this year. Use these words as starting points for tangible goals, SMART goals that can be measured and have dates to accomplish tasks by. These words sit above the actual goals, and set your guiding principles in place. (

I will sit down and create a mindmap as Chris Brogan has done. I will use GoalEnforcer and Pulse Smartpen in order to capture my ideas and goals and put them on paper. I will listen to Dr. Edwin A. Locke's talk from 1985 (cassette tape), Setting Goals to Improve Your Life and Happiness and in the near future get his expanded course.

Here are my three keywords:

I want to state that these keywords entails my personal goals and that I am making a contract with myself.

From Mark Anderson's post, Make a Contract with Yourself for New Year’s Resolutions:

I love a new year. It’s a fresh start, an opportunity to refocus my goals, a chance to try something new. And there’s party hats! (January 1, 2010,

I want to add some illustrations to the above mentions words.


I need to do the same thing as John Cox and "getting all my ducks in a row." The solution to an organized "zoo" is to get more structuralized. Here is Anita Campbell's comment on Mark Anderson's post:

Happy New Year, everyone! I am working on some of my resolutions right now:

(1) Clean up my desk, and dust my keyboard and monitor

(2) Empty my email inbox (or get as close to empty as possible)

(3) Organize my computer files!

What are your resolutions?

- Anita

I will continue with the evolution of EGO workspace during 2010... I will test out and write about different productivity tools, gadgets and "thingies," but the most important thing is to implement a productive methodology in my worklife.

How to start a to-do list? Go back to basics and use "Hipster PDA" index cards by Stiernholm Consulting.

Hipster PDA Index Card

Now when I have received material from the U.S. Department of State (Kentucky Consular Center) regarding the Diversity Immigrant Visa program for the year 2010, I will intensify my attention, energy and valuable time to the opportunities in the greatest country of the Western world...

From Allen Forkum's post, Stars and Barred:

As I've said here in the past, I advocate open immigration (not "open borders" as some leftists do). So I'm glad to see that The Wall Street Journal continues to strongly argue for open immigration. The editorial notes that immigration is a divisive issue for the right but also asserts that the "conservative silent majority is pro-immigration." In contrast, John Hawkins at Right Wing News recently conducted a poll of right-leaning blogs, and the results by a large majority favored a more restrictive approach to immigration. (July 11, 2006,

Stars and Barred

As an inspiration, I will continue to read Immigrant, Inc. by Richard T. Herman & Robert L. Smith.

Talking about inspiration, I have recently purchased several new books. They will give me fuel for my soul.

Lovecat Reading Material

Who's Your City by Richard Florida, could help me in the quest to locate my place in the Melting Pot.

The following books could give me energy to seize the day:

Kare Anderson wrote a tweet message that gave me a kick to start writing a diary...

Livescribe Journal


  1. Inspiring post, Martin! I hope your 3 things come to fruition in 2010. All the best! - Anita

  2. I used to go to "the certainty site" all the time and I just did a google search for james sedgwick and found out he died. Do you have any information on him or his site? I'm just curious. I'd really like to find a little information, he seemed like a great guy.

  3. Anita: Thank you very much for your comment! All the Best, Martin.