2010 Goals Revisited & 2011 Goals

2010’s done and here comes 2011. Last December I made a list (published on Jan. 28th). Here’s how I did:

  1. Take more pictures – DONE! I’ll be publishing a major year-long photography project in February.
  2. Start a recurring podcast series – DONE! Sorta. I tried, and I realized I need to leave it to the pros.
  3. Drink more water (to wart off kidney stones) – DONE! I cut out all sodas in 2010, drinking nothing but water and my admittedly lite-tea. Knock on wood, this year was healthy.
  4. Start planning and writing a book – FAIL. I keep coming back to it, and I keep thinking about it, but I haven’t hit the right idea where I want to take such a project.
  5. Blog more – DONE! I even started up another blog over at Justify.
  6. Actively join a new meetup that I don’t have to be in charge of (see: Refresh) – FAIL. In fact, this probably got worse. The problem? All the other meetups in town don’t interest me or aren’t useful to me in some way.
  7. Gather 50 new clients or achieve an annual net salary of $60,000 – whichever is first – FAIL. I didn’t make that much money, but I did make enough. I attracted dozens of new clients and in retrospect, I think this was the wrong goal. It’s about the quality of the clients and their projects, not the volume. Ironically, I did send out my 50th invoice of the year today.
  8. Go to a beach (Northern Indiana is fine – I like to keep my vacation dollars in Indiana) – FAIL. No one wanted to go with me and I’m not paying a thousand dollars for a trip.
  9. Read more books (iPad might help) – DONE! I spent a lot of time reading books from the library, blogging about them here and over at my web design blog. I even bought a Kindle because I enjoyed reading so much on my iPad, I had to assume a Kindle would be great just for reading. It is.

There was a 10th item that I redacted for personal reasons. I think I succeeded there too. I’m counting 6 successes and 4 failures.

So, what about 2011?

  1. Learn iPhone programming. I’ve already started and have been documenting it as part of my iOS Journey Series.
  2. Cook more meals from scratch.
  3. Start writing a book.
  4. Increase revenue this year by $10,000 over 2010.
  5. Really build a name for myself among the web community in Indiana.
  6. Find a good money manager and start investing.
  7. Learn to shoot.
  8. Go to a beach.
  9. Be more efficient and effective with every hour of the day.
  10. *** Personal goal here again that I’m keeping to myself.

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