I won't go into detail, but 2010 was a tough year for me and my close friends and family. Due to certain trials and tribulations, I had a difficult time reaching all the goals I set out to achieve at the beginning of the year. But we're surviving and making progress. Here's the 2010 list, full of fail:
1. WIN!: Learn to say 'No'
I turned down quite a lot of work this year.
2. FAIL: Do at least some physical activity once in a while
I had some bad health issues mid year that kept me relatively inactive.
3. WIN!: Be more active on the social networks
For the most part, I was quite active on Facebook and Twitter. Until I hit burnout, but that's another story.
4. FAIL: Blog regularly
Though I'm not particularly disappointed with my blog frequency, my aim was a blog post a week.
5. FAIL: Build and maintain my own websites
As usual, I was extremely busy with client work, and my own sites went on the back burner.
6. FAIL: Launch a startup already
Same as excuse as above. I know, excuses.
7. FAIL: Take two holidays
I went to San Francisco for a week, but that doesn't count because I was attending a conference. My wife went to England, that was cool.
8. WIN!: Teach my girls to read and write
They've still got a ways to go, but I'm really happy with their progress.
9. WIN!: Schedule more family time
The positive side of my health problems. I spent a lot of time at home with the kids.
10. FAIL: Set regular date nights
She got a full time job with irregular hours. Boo.
11. FAIL: Do better bookkeeping and accounting, budgeting, etc.
I still suck at this. I'm going to look for help in this area.
12. FAIL: Contribute more to Open Source
I could call it a win for co-organizing the Surrey Drupal Users Group and the Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit, but I'm going to say fail. Other people did more work than I did organizing those events, and event organization wasn't even what I had in mind when I made this resolution. I was thinking more along the lines of code contribution.
13. WIN: Be more aggressive when collecting payment
I'm getting better at this. Sending late notices and such.
14. WIN: Hang around with successful people
Though I did less networking this year, the ones I did go to were full of aces.
15. FAIL: Find a good church to attend
Didn't really try.
16. FAIL: Set a work schedule and stick to it
Still a workaholic.
17. FAIL: Learn to juggle four balls
Resolutions for 2011
In addition to continue work on the resolutions above, I'll keep it simple and only add 4 things for 2011:
1. Make health a priority. Lose weight and workout regularly.
"Do at least some physical activity once in a while" was a week, non-committed goal last year and I paid the price. The number one thing that negatively affected my productivity this year was poor health. I need to make it a priority this year.
2. Get full-time help
My 'collaborative network of freelancers' thing isn't working as well as I had hoped. I'm still doing way too much and don't have the help I need. It's time I enlist some really help by way of full time employee or co-owner.
Directly related to #4. We have way too much stuff, and it's pinning us down and restricting our freedom.
4. Do some extended travelling.
As soon as we deal with all our stuff, I'm taking my family traveling for at least a year, starting with Australia.
Happy 2011 Everyone!
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