Great topic, Jerry. Finally things are quiet enough to catch up on some reading.
One of the greatest challenges for me has simply been how to share the word about so many amazing new releases without overwhelming others. I've reminded myself how relatively simple it is to gift purchases for those who would appreciate a download or free streaming of a brand new release.
There are the ever-incremental upgrades to enjoy (the past year: had the amps re-capped, the Duns' 10" drivers replaced, some gremlins exorcised, and helped a cutting/pressing plant identify some improvements at their end). And a new, headroomier, reduced-noise, improved clock DAC/Class A pre-amp for home, and other ideas.
A new logo and website. Likely some internet connection upgrades (even at home, we had no 'net for almost a month due to water damage on the copper line, such is the infrastructure here in parts).
Industry advice for new clients has only increasingly proven vital, so that will continue whether it be regarding radio and education on the national independent airplay initiative, to the merits of Bandcamp et al, the usual mastering/production chats, and on keeping side lengths short enough vinyl release. And quite possibly a surcharge for anyone using the term "vinyls".
Ditto: more of a life outside of work, to get out of town more often. And further supporting clients/artists who support us. (I'm amazed I once had the time and energy to also play in bands and more. It's been difficult to meet this year's goal of getting to a gig or two a month. I just can't do late nights after a long day in the studio, or if I've a session next morning).
I walk daily, although really ought to be cycling to work more. (I'm practically traumatized by so much long distance cycling and head winds as a teenager). For commuting, got to get my stamina back.
Further ethical investing of business funds. (Two years ago I shifted to a non-profit, community bank. Super/retirement funds are next. Supporting aid agencies or crisis appeals is one thing. Pulling your $ from funding weapons and subsequent refugee crises and environmental damage in the first place is another.
And crucially: continuing to be inspired by every project, always with a clean slate approach, allowing each the time it needs (increasingly involving fine editing, in my experience). Maintaining that vital processing balance between less-is-more but also whatever-it-takes; objectivity whilst also embracing a musical connection with the project. Oh, and allowing for practically every second project lately to also be pre-mastered for vinyl...
Happy Festivus/pavlova (that's a thing here) time to all. Here's to a healthy, peaceful and productive new year.