The 2019 200 — Because if YOU Don’t Get it Done, Who Will?

If you’ve been around a while, you’re probably familiar with the lists of 100 goals I’d write every year. And I saying, “But you missed 2018!” And it’s true—2018 came hot and heavy; I wasn’t in any position to commit to a list that ambitious. And I could probably say the same now—with a bigger and better Live from the 3.5 than ever, Chatting with Casey picking up steam and a slew of other things in the works, I likely wouldn’t be wrong. But if you’ve been around a while, you’ll probably know my Achilles heel—much like Marty McFly, I can’t turn down a good challenge.

Welcome to The 2019 200 — Because When You Skip a Year, 100 Just Won’t Do!

This post? This post has history. Zach and I go way back, and he’s easily one of the people I respect most in this game. We’re talking the guy who had a podcast long before Toronto was anywhere on it and got media coverage when he worked to show what life was really like when you tried to live it all off sponsorships. There’s a lot he sees coming before they blow up and proves unstoppable when he digs his teeth into something.

Which is why I felt a little inspired when he challenged me to tackle 2019 with not one hundred goals, but two.

It won’t be easy, but I’m working a lot harder than I used to—and smarter, too.

With so much going on in my life, slowing down ain’t much of an option, and my to-do lists are the things that keep me going. But I’ve mostly kept them to myself as I work on all the things—I think it’s time to make ’em public again so there’s a chance I can get everything done.

So without further ado, let’s dive into The 2019 200—because no one creates anything innovative without pushing some boundaries first!

The 2019 200 — The List

So first things first—two hundred items make for a really long list, so I knew no one was about to read this thing if I just put them together without any order. What I needed to do was write the 200 items out first, and then find some way to categorise them so they’re easier to keep track of.

And the easiest place to do this? Excel. Not only could I easily keep track of how many items I’d put together with a simple numbering column, but when I was ready to categorise and prepare for the final list, it was a simple sort away!

But you’re not here for any of that; you’re here for the list. So let’s do this!

The 2017 100 — It’s Not WHAT You Do, It’s How You DO It.

Unless my life sees some major changes this year, 2017 may mark the last list of 100!

It’s January 13th—I’ve spent nearly two weeks of my new year agonising over 100 items that matter enough to hit a list of goals and aspirations for the year ahead. And that’s a key difference from the lists that came before it.

Before it was a task list—I’d look around at everything that needed doing and jot it down, because my life would obviously be better with them out of the way.

But task lists aren’t inspiring. They’re not motivational. As a creative, that’s like dropping a pile of 100 things I dread on my lap and nagging myself to get ’em done by the year’s end.

Once I realised what I was doing to myself, so much so that I just went through my least successful year yet for my list, I knew I needed to make a change for 2017.

The 2017 100 — It's Not WHAT You Do, It's How You DO It. — New Year, New Perspective

I’m particularly proud of the list I’ve put together for The 2017 100. I didn’t take any shortcuts—I wrote out 100 things that’d help me live the life I’d like to lead and prove instrumental along the path there. Rather than hurriedly scrawl out a list I’d likely ignore ’til December, I wrote one that I’d happily check off, knowing that each accomplishment would take me a step closer to a far better 2018. I feel like I’m finally getting it right this time, and I hope that shines through as you give it a look for yourself!

But that’s enough of my chatter—I’ve already made you wait long enough. Here for your consideration is The 2017 100—because it’s not what you do… it’s how you do it!

The 2016 100 Wrap-Up, Part 2: 46 Things I DIDN’T Do But Still Very Much WANT To.

So somewhere in my crazy mind, I’d convinced myself it’d be a good idea to write my wrap-up for The 2016 100 all as one post, because I’m always so curt with my posts, of course. A few days of working on it quickly killed that idea, and here were are with the second part of my wrap-up, covering the things I didn’t get around to in 2016, but still plan to manage this year, as well as my reasons why.

(Note: You will see these in some form in The 2017 100, so you know—don’t be too surprised.)

What I Didn’t Do, But Still Want to Do Next Year

7) Stop biting my nails — Ugh. What I probably need to do first is reduce the amount of stress in my life to get a better chance of dropping this disgusting habit. I had a good run early in the year, but hey. Maybe I’ll have better luck this time!
8) Get rid of the wedding thank you cards I never sent — I don’t think those past thank you’s are getting sent. It’s just… not something I’m doing. Instead, I think I’d love to start sending Christmas letters with some personalisation. I’m not a complete jackass, guys, but there needs to be a point where we agree to move on.
13) Sort out my old TD employee RSP — Any outstanding finances in general, really: part of being an adult is knowing how much your insurance will pay out. What your benefits cover. What’s in your stock portfolio. 2017 Casey Palmer needs a better handle on all this kind of stuff!

The 2016 100 Wrap-Up, Part 2 - 46 Things I DIDN'T Do But Very Much Still WANT To. — A Cluttered Casey Palmer Workspace

14) Consolidate everything down to a single notepad — I mean, you don’t see the magic happening, but my desk and dining room table are plastered with pages of notes as I draft out my posts. Will it happen? Maybe. Do I want it to? Oh heck yes ?

The 2016 100 — or — How to Build a Better Casey

I can’t even lie, guys — coming up with a list of 100 goals for the fourth year in a row was hard — ridiculously so. I’m a very different me than I was when The 2013 100 came out, back when free time was still an abundant commodity I didn’t even know I was taking for granted, trying to fill it with countless things that’d keep life interesting.

A problem I most definitely don’t have in 2016!

As I work at surviving the upcoming year — especially with our second child’s imminent arrival — I needed to make the list a lot more realistic; I’m all too skilled at chasing ambitions that exceed my lifestyle’s capacity, and I’ll need to keep wary of that in 2016 if I want to see myself make it out the other side!

So without further ado, The 2016 100. It took a couple of days to polish off after recovering from the gauntlet that was 2015, but I feel like it’s a list that will really make waves in this life o’ mine should I see it finished!

But hey — that’s what I say every year ????

Thanks for reading!

1) Write an amazing series for Black History Month
2) Win a vacation for my dry cleaner
3) Watch Creed; Mad Max: Fury Road; The Martian; Ant-Man
4) Take Eric to a sporting event so he can stop complaining about getting left from sporting events
5) Phase my old 3.5″ hard drive out
6) Get rid of my old electronics
7) Stop biting my nails
8) Get rid of the wedding thank you cards I never sent
9) Clean out the basement crawl space
10) Build shelves into the crawl space
11) Give my FWD Powershot 2 to my old manager the hockey coach
12) Do the CN Tower Edgewalk
13) Sort out my old TD employee RSP
14) Consolidate everything down to a single notepad

Though a chiropractor I started seeing late into 2015 told me I’d developed some mild sciatica in my back, I didn’t need him to tell me I carry too much STUFF. In a digital age where we can pack mountains of information into a single device, there’s really NO NEED for me to carry all the draft posts and note that I do — save the fact that working from hard copy’s the way my brain’s WIRED.

In 2016, I need a little more focus to keep all my ideas stored in one place so I’m not constantly carrying EVERYTHING in my house made of paper, knowing that I probably scribbled SOMETHING on ALL of ’em.

15) Sort out the Internet situation at home so I can stop relying on tethering to LTE data
16) Learn enough Spanish to understand my sister-in-law’s Mexican wedding in May
17) Find time for date nights, which will involve finding someone who wants to babysit two kids… how about we just find more awesome things to do at home, just in case?
18) Try Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecake
19) Get to 0 drafts on by converting everything into live posts
20) Install the growth chart for my kids that we got at my office baby shower
21) Update all the old content on
22) Upgrade the site infrastructure to better support contest traffic
23) Redesign the heck out of the blog (Twenty Sixteen, what up)
24) Find the time to pack more lunches for work
25) Clean up and optimize my Pinterest account (I still have that copy of Pinterest Savvy lying around somewhere)
26) Shave more regularly
27) Hand out my remaining business “cep” cards so I can put in a new order (wait — do we still do business cards?)
28) Clear out the bookshelves to prepare for Baby #2
29) Replace the lost key to our 2011 Ford Edge
30) Figure out what I ACTUALLY need to run my site and invest in THAT.
31) Replace our bathroom sink
32) Meet with the people who I never seemed to schedule in through 2015 (Aaron, Emma, Ria, Adrienne, Dianna)
33) Get a Brookhaven Computer Cabinet

The 1% of the Casa de Palmer workspace I use to do all the things isn’t the best — in fact, it’s falling apart. As I get older and start formalizing my #BloggerLife, Sarah and I agree that my workspace should evolve to show that. It’ll take some saving to make it happen, but it’d be a nice addition to the home.

The 2015 100, Part 2: Low-Hanging Fruit — The Short-Term List

This year, I put my list of 100 together differently, looking to take care of home, self and the people around me before chasing after anything too extravagant, like going to SXSW or speaking at a TED Talk.

2014 taught me that baby steps exist for a reason, chewing me up when I tried to fly too close to the sun and spitting me out months later, barely able to write anything worth reading.

The 2015 100, Part Two — Sarah and Little Palmer
The reasons why I do what I do.

Ignoring my life’s responsibilities aren’t an option — I’m a family man before a blogger, and though there’ll always be bloggers with bigger toys and better trips, I need to exercise patience with these creative pursuits and find happiness in the things I already have — a wife, child, family and friends who love me.

So this year’s list is one of things I need to do to improve my life — not ones that’ll give me extra work only to discover I never really wanted them. Not ones I lust after because someone else had them first.

It’s a list of things I want to do, and hopefully enough to motivate myself to get them done.

2013 ‘Til Infinity — The 2013 100


Dear fellow ’83 babies — this is it. The last gasp of your 20s. The last year where you can fool yourself into thinking that you’re not really an adult — that you’re a youth just playing the part.

You’ll start to get labelled. Expectations will increase. Parents will want you to reproduce, peers will ask how well you’re achieving your career goals — the pressure’s gonna be on to prove your worth in this world!

But it’s not all so bleak and dreary — 2013 can be happy and prosperous if we’re willing to put the work in!

The 2013 100

2009 New Year's Even photo of Casey with a festive hat on
In 2009 Toronto, we partied with silly hats!

For me, after wrapping up a 2012 that was all sorts of insanity, I found myself wondering: “What do I want to get out of 2013?” More money? A better lifestyle?

But then I realized that I’d never be able to choose, so I decided on another route.

Inspired by my longtime friend The Green Girl‘s list of 100 things she’d like to do in 2013, I decided to make one of my own! Unlike earlier years, I’m not about to beat myself up if I don’t get all 100 done — The 2013 100 is more like a compass to keep me pointed toward things I can do to make my life better 🙂 If you have any ideas for any of them or just want to tell me that I’m utterly insane, feel free to tell me in the comments below! And here we go!

  1. Negotiate a way better phone contract
  2. Give Sarah the present I always alluded to but never got around to giving her
  3. Start a business or two
  4. Learn to drive, learn to drive, for the love of God learn how to drive!
  5. Sell all the stuff I’ve meant to sell
  6. Start drawing comics on some sort of regular schedule
  7. Get my clothes tailored
  8. Get up-to-date on my emails
  9. Cook at least one meal
  10. Make an app
  11. Spruce up my page
  12. Send personal emails to everyone who I came into contact with in 2012 about future potential opportunities to collaborate
  13. Launch the Mansformation website
  14. Update my résumé
  15. Create my creative résumé and portfolio
  16. Attend Bloggers in Sin City
  17. Do something awesome for my 30th birthday
  18. Create a collective of creatives with similar goals in mind
  19. Get new glasses
  20. Transform all the blog drafts I have lying around into real posts
  21. Merge my past 10 years of blogging into one site
  22. Start a tweetchat
  23. Start a podcast
  24. Dabble in video
  25. Get a local doctor
  26. Get a local dentist
  27. Make some money in the stock market
  28. Get ahead of schedule with the Man Lessons
  29. Create a schedule for regular website maintenance
  30. Start the SHEvolution
  31. Go up the CN Tower, one way or another, and go the CN Tower Edgewalk
  32. Visit Casa Loma
  33. Create a list of cool things to do in Toronto
  34. Run a cool 5K race, like Run for Your Lives or Tough Mudder
  35. Clean my music collection up, once and for all
  36. Establish a far better filing system for my documents
  37. Use all the different themes, templates, tutorials and eBooks I amassed in 2012
  38. Try to sleep like normal people do
  39. Get all of the outstanding work off of my plate at the 9-to-5
  40. Write my first eBook
  41. Start blogging internally at work again
  42. Call my grandparents more often
  43. Turn my negatives and slides into digital images
  44. Sort through the magazines and clippings I have strewn about the house
  45. Get at least one design submitted to Threadless
  46. Upgrade the lenses on my camera
  47. Have my family over more often
  48. Play the Wii and PS3 games I haven’t touched
  49. Attend a TED/TEDx Talk
  50. Read all my old yearbook signings and candygrams to get a better understanding of the journey I’ve travelled
  51. Plant a proper garden
  52. Clean up my digital files
  53. Eat breakfast more often
  54. Understand politics
  55. Stop buying unnecessary things
  56. Stop biting my nails when I’m stressed
  57. Write a novel for NaNoWriMo
  58. Come up with a better campaign for Movember
  59. Get a sewing machine and learn how to alter my clothes
  60. Start writing Christmas cards for friends, family and neighbours yearly
  61. Look into grants and funding for the projects I want to do
  62. Learn how to better use Wolfram|Alpha’s Mathematica
  63. Eat healthier
  64. Lose the tummy
  65. Increase stamina
  66. Create more infographics
  67. Join more social clubs that’re in line with my interests
  68. Get a stylish yet functional 3/4-length winter coat
  69. Help my Mom get tickets to CityLine and/or the Marilyn Denis show
  70. Buy a bike
  71. Go tobogganing
  72. Try some new restaurants on the Danforth
  73. Go to Pacific Mall
  74. Go to #LoserKaraoke
  75. Watch a Raptors Game
  76. Visit more of Canada — somewhere west of Windsor or east of Montreal
  77. Finish the thank you cards from our wedding
  78. Clear out my Google Reader
  79. Create a personal budget
  80. Learn how to develop a site using a UI kit
  81. Become a true WordPress expert
  82. Don’t succumb to laziness
  83. Get new casual shoes to replace the ones that were stolen from my porch =/
  84. Come up with an awesome costume for Halloween 2013
  85. Use up the gift cards, coupons, etc. I have lying around to do something useful
  86. Revitalize my wardrobe
  87. Devise a way to work from home
  88. Get my French bilingual certification
  89. Make social media a real part of how I earn an income
  90. Transfer Sarah’s old IDE hard drive onto one of my SATA hard drives
  91. Transfer all my external storage to an SSD Drobo system
  92. Get some cool-ass sunglasses
  93. Rock a new chapeau style
  94. Find a signature drink to mix
  95. Survive an entire Nuit Blanche
  96. Take photos at Caribana
  97. Spend more time outside of Toronto
  98. Carry less paper
  99. Wean off of the need for a backpack
  100. Have show up on the first page of Google search results for “Casey”

We can all make this as awesome a year as we want — but that wonderful cliché “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is always applicable. You’re not getting anything from your year if you don’t put in the work. Start making those goals happen!

Any other interesting resolutions out there? Let me know if we can help each other out! It’s always better to use the power of numbers and not stubbornly try to do things on our own!

Happy New Year to one and all 🙂

–case p.