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Monday, January 05, 2015

Review Of My 2014 Goals



It’s about time to look back at my goals for 2014 and see what I achieved.  Can you believe that some people (yes more than one!) have actually asked me how I got on, and what my 2015 goals are?!

For 2015 I am going to attempt to make my goals a little more interesting.  Somehow.

So these were my goals for 2014:

1. A normal one to start – continue to do well at work.  I am hoping that there may be further opportunities seeing as we have just taken over a company 2-3 times our size.  I am happy in my job and would only move for a significant pay rise.

I did do well.  I am still happy.  I didn’t get a pay rise.  100% complete.

2. Studying.  I have much more to learn about Photoshop though at £27 a month I won’t be using it often!  I need to decide what else to learn in terms of web development later in the year – Javascript or PHP seem good suggestions.

I decided my time was better spent learning JavaScript and subsequently jQuery than Photoshop.  I have surpassed my original expectations so 100% complete.

3. DJing.  Firstly I need a website and some business cards.  I intend on having a break until March and then I will hopefully average 1 set a month which suits nicely.  As much as I love warm up sets, most important will be to get a set towards either the middle or the end of the night to test myself more.  Oh yeah and practice more.  Seth Troxler reckons you can be perfect at anything with 10,000 hours of practice.  Only 9,800 hours to go.

I made a website.  Then about 2 weeks later I decided it looked too cheesy so I didn’t bother getting the business cards printed.  I didn’t practice that much and probably fell short in terms of sets, from what I desired.  However I might have some exciting news shortly.  Well, it is exciting to me but so is minimal techno.  Can you believe someone told me my music was boring?  Still not had a better offer than my bumhole being licked by a very large young lady through DJing.  But I did get paid on two occasions.

Thanks to my studying I now have a much better website in mind.  70% complete.

4. Ubereadoolische.  I still think this is a brilliant idea but I really need to push it and write more for it.  Though my priority is to do the re-design that is in my head.  Ideally find someone willing to help write articles too.  Anyone know any journalism students in Reading?  One day Ubereadoolische, the next day Mixmag?

I did a redesign.  It looks and works quite well but since my studying I know I can do something much better.  I also did a few articles but am really struggling to grow the website – help!!!!  I might give up on this project.  80% complete.

5. Web Development.  Once my DJ website is done, and Ubereadoolische is redesigned, I will then make a website to offer my website creation skills.  Maybe I will do one or two websites for free (well, cost of domain and hosting, which is very little) to build up my portfolio.  This is my eventual intention career-wise.

Haven’t even started it.  The more I study, the further away I feel I am from being able to make websites for someone.  0% complete.

6. Fracking Forum.  I need to get this into the public domain so people use it.  But how?  This is my road to riches.

I gave up.  Better things to be doing.  0%.

7. Weather Forecast For Reading, Berkshire.  I started the year on 233 followers.  My goal for this year is 450.  There isn’t a lot I can do to influence the amount of followers other than give accurate forecasts consistently and wait for some exciting weather so people share the page.  I do need a more professional photo though.  I might even do a tiny spot of Facebook advertising, see if it works.

I have over 900 followers.  Can I have 200%?  Then again I didn’t get a professional photo done.  100% complete.  In a way.

8. Clubbing.  6 London trips.  Much of this depends on my main clubbing partner’s schedule but we are in agreement that this year we need to be more clever about the parties we choose – lesser name DJs at nice venues meaning nicer crowds to cater for my Hull-born snobbery.  NO MORE PEOPLE GOING “WHOA WHOA”.  FFS.  Though not forgetting Ricardo at fabric and Sven at Building Six.  And I will go to local nights a plenty now Reading has a booming scene – especially to those DJs and promoters who have supported me.

So I go out less.  I have lost some interest.  I still probably met this target and have seen Ricardo and Sven, of course.  100% complete.

9. Holidays.  At my age it is ridiculous that I have only been to 9 countries.  This must go up.  I want to go to both Ireland and Belgium this year which are both achievable in terms of cost and distance.  I am not going to say something as stupid as don’t go to Ibiza.  But I will try to avoid temptation!  The dream is still storm chasing in America but I will not have £3,000.00 by April in time for storm-chasing season.  Or at any point this year.

I nearly went to Croatia but was let-down by someone.  So it was looking a total failure until I went to Belgium in November and Ireland in December – 100% complete.

10. Get On My Bike.  I did buy a bike last year.  I will eventually get on it and ride it.  100m is the target for 2014.  That is in metres, not miles.

I sat on my bike and tried to ride it from the back of the garage to the front of the garage.  It has two flat tyres.  1% complete - my garage is at least 1 metre long.

11. Lose Weight.  This year I will lose weight.  I am starting at 94kg and I want to get down to 89kg.

I got down to 90kg.  I am back at 94kg.  However if you take an average of the year I was at 91.5kg so 50% complete.

12. More Family Time.  It isn’t easy finding time and the money to get back to Hull (I tend to either have time or money but not both!) but I will try to see my family more, somehow.

I reckon I managed this.  I went to Northampton twice to see my sister, plus two meetings at Wembley for the whole family, and the usual trips to Hull.  Yeah, 100% complete.

13. Charity.  I am going to increase my charity budget this year.  Each year I have a budget based on a % of my wage, not a huge sum as I am hardly swimming in money but I do have more than some so I would like to give more.  When it comes to sponsorship, I will expand from close family and close friends only, and will consider sponsoring anyone who is an active friend and supports me in what I do, especially if they come and support me DJing at least once in a blue moon.  Give and take in this life.  Do not waste your time asking me for sponsorship when you haven’t bothered speaking to me for a year!

I did do decent sponsorships for my sister and my very good friend Karen, however I fell short of my giving away goal.  I probably gave away less than last year.  Oops.  30% complete.

14. Dating.  Go on at least one date.  I managed a grand total of zero last year and the year before.  Perhaps I should make a bit of effort though?

I did go on Tinder a bit.  Does that count as effort?  5% complete.

15. Blogging.  New Year means new blog.  I haven’t decided what yet but I have a couple of ideas.

Two new blogs – The Only Tory From Hull and Fish Out Dolan Out.  100% complete.

16. Become a style icon.  Money that I spent on going out in previous years does need to be spent on upgrading my wardrobe.  Though all I really need to do to become a style icon is to grow my mullet longer, surely?

My mullet is fucking sexy.  Especially with the shaved bit.  I fancy myself even more.  I have also invested less in getting trashed and more on my wardrobe.  I even bought some work clothes.  And leopard-print trainers.  100% complete.

17. Detox.  Yes I am going to attempt a detox for the month of February.  Though it only starts when I first wake up in February (just in case I go out on Friday 31st January!).

It was great.  100% complete.

18. Buy some short shorts.  I guess this comes under being a style icon but I think it is so important to my destiny to have some short shorts.  Short shorts would guarantee number 14 being achieved.

I tried to find some but failed.  I guess I need to cut up some old jeans.  0% complete.

19. Eat lots of pies.  I am on a mission to eat all the different types at Sweeney Todd's, for my blog.

I had lots of pies.  100% complete.

Overall I had a 65% completion rate.  2015 goals coming up soon.