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Monday, January 06, 2014

Review of 2013 Goals

It only took me until August to write down my goals for 2013.  I’ve been busy this year, and seemingly more productive.

I find setting goals for my life at the beginning of the year helpful - writing them down reminds me during the year of what I am trying to achieve.

In grey are my original goals - in black is the reality.

1. Continue to do well at work and beat targets.  At some point though I do need to increase how much I earn.
I pretty much kicked the arse out of my targets at work.  Refreshing to have a goal all about work, I am enjoying my job and getting good results.  Goal achieved.

2. Studying.  I really want to continue to learn web design, in particular CSS3 and also Photoshop.
I have studied sadly infrequently as work tends to get in the way.  Only if I get up at 530am do I get time to study – you probably don’t need to guess this is rather infrequent.  However I have learnt a decent enough amount of CSS now to make much more modern looking websites than I could, and I have made inroads into learning Photoshop too, with some designs completed.  Goal part-achieved.

3. My web sites.  Start updating Ubereadoolische every week and see where I can take it.  Also design and implement www.jameswinfield.co.uk.
I update www.ubereadoolische.com once a month at best and haven’t started jameswinfield.co.uk though I do own the domain.  Started www.frackingforum.co.uk instead. Goal part-achieved, at best.

4. DJing.  Last year I DJ’d out four times, twice for me and twice for others.  I really want to step this up now I have had my first few sets under my belt and are much improved.
I have definitely upped the stakes in the DJing, I am now getting fairly regular bookings at around one a month which is perfect.  My set after the boat party was the first one that I did really well and had quite a lot of compliments from.  I am getting somewhere.  Goal definitely achieved.

5. Free House Project.  It’s a lot of work and it costs me money but I think I need to have another crack at this.
I made a vague attempt back in January and it fell at the first hurdle.  The dream is still there but there is no point in doing it without the right venue.  The two main reasons I was doing it was because nobody else was doing underground house music on a regular basis in Reading in 2012 (one or two occasional exceptions) – this is no certainly longer the case.  Also it was the easiest way to get a DJ set – I am hardly lacking opportunities to play out now.  So goal not completed.

6. Weather Forecast For Reading Page.  Started on around 35 likes - aim to get at least 100 by the end of 2013.  I need to devise a marketing campaign.
I didn’t do a marketing campaign.  The weather did that for me when it snowed, when the heatwave began and when the “worst-ever storm” was on its way.  From 35 to 230 followers.  Goal smashed.

7. London.  Now and again I have this craving to live there, and I think I should at least investigate how much it would cost, what I would need to earn to live there, what accommodation I could afford, etc.  I love the house I am in and am settled but if close friends keep moving away then maybe maybe.
I did not look into this.  The lure of London faded as I became more settled during the year – the resurgent nightlife in Reading being a big factor.  Goal not achieved but I don’t care.

8. Clubbing.  I think clubbing 12 times is a reasonable target.  Maybe sneak Cocoon In The Park in too.
Enough clubbing trips to keep me satisfied, I am happy with it being more occasional now as I have other priorities, as much as I love clubbing.  If you count Reading then I went clubbing 20-30 times – if not then about 8 I think.  Goal achieved.

9. Ibiza.  DO NOT GO!  I must go on holiday to somewhere different.  Assuming I can actually afford a holiday.
Yep.  I went to Ibiza. Nowhere else.  Goal failed but who cares - I went to Ibiza and had a jolly good time and only had to listen to the new Daft Punk album 527 times.

10. Get On My Bike.  I need to get less unfit.  I should buy a bike and start ramming into some pavement cyclists.  “These are my pavements now”.
Probably my least-likely goal but I bought a bike.  I changed the seat height.  I sat on it.  The bike still hasn’t gone anywhere.  Goal half-achieved.

11. Badminton.  Getting fit part two.  Finding someone to play with is not exactly easy.
I didn’t find anyone to play with regularly.  But I did have one game.  Goal part-achieved.

12. Eat Less Gravy – Ha ha only joking but I want to step up recent efforts to cook properly (ie following a recipe and trying new things), from once every 2-3 weeks to at least once a week.
I probably did eat less gravy and I cooked way more new meals, at least one a week on average conjuring up some very nice food and discovering crazy foods like peppers and mushrooms.  Goal devoured like a pint of thick gravy.

13. Lose weight – I started the year at a hefty 95kg so a fall to 90kg would be nice and now I actually believe I can lose weight, unlike last year where I believed it was impossible. 
I did lose a little bit of weight – I varied between 91kg and 95kg, so if you average that out at 93kg then I have lost a little bit of weight but not as much as I wanted.  Goal 40% achieved.


A 53% success rate - or 63% if you remove the 2 that I don't care about failing.

Not bad but 2014 needs to be better.  And will be.