Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Year End Goals Review

It's the end of the year, so it's time to see how I did on my goals.  This determines my worth as a human being.  Can you feel the tension?

1) Write every day

Technically, I failed at this one on January 19th when I didn't write anything.  I didn't completely give up after January 19th.  I fought on and ended up writing on 323 of 366 days in 2008.  Thats 88.3%.  I was only able to write every single day of two months: August and December.  That strong finish was part of a 55 day streak where I made a lot of progress on a number of projects.

This was a challenging goal, but I feel like I did pretty well.  I learned a lot about writing and how frustrating it can be when you've got a block.  I also learned that trying to force yourself to write every day often winds up with you writing a bunch of crap or struggling to get something down just because you're trying to reach a goal.  That's why I won't have this goal for myself next year.  I'll have more specific goals for my writing projects.

2) Organize my iTunes
At my last check in on August 6th, I had 31 playlists in iTunes and had begun rating all of the songs in my library.  Now, I've finished rating my songs and I've created 44 more playlists, bringing me to 75.  I'd call this one complete.  I've got my iTunes set up so that I can quickly create new playlists and constantly keep fresh music rotating through my iPhone.  I've actually become a bit of an iTunes ninja in the process.

I won't need to continue this goal in 2009 as I've already got everything organized and it will just be a matter of maintaining everything as I add new music.  Good job, me.

3) Re-do second bedroom

As I mentioned before, DONE!

No need to keep this on for 2009, either.  Sweet.

4) Write and direct a sketch show

Well, shit.  My streak of goal completion comes to an end at two.  I've written quite a few sketches, but not enough to make into a full show.  Not to mention that they don't really have a theme.  I lost my way on this one.  I'm going to refocus on other writing projects in 2009.

5) Take a writing class
No excuse here.  I just didn't sign up.  Failure.

6) Paint the condo
Not done.  I suck.

7) Organize my hard drive
Since the last update I've been continuing to keep my files in order and Evernote and Scrivener have been a major part of keeping my various notes and drafts organized.  I would definitely call this one a success.

8) Continue to get my finances in order
Dee and I have done a very good job of finding ways to manage and track our spending.  Since I last wrote, we've also been doing a better job of saving money where we can.  We can always do better, but we're better than we were.

Take a deep breath, everyone.  My human worth is about 62.5%.  That would earn me millions of dollars as an NFL quarterback but I'm merely a project manager.  Fortunately, the three goals I didn't accomplish in 2008 are still relevant for 2009 and I plan to keep them on and complete them.

I hope your year was at least 62.5% successful.

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