2010’s done and here comes 2011. Last December I made a list (published on Jan. 28th). Here’s how I did:
- Take more pictures – DONE! I’ll be publishing a major year-long photography project in February.
- Start a recurring podcast series – DONE! Sorta. I tried, and I realized I need to leave it to the pros.
- 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.
- 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.
- Blog more – DONE! I even started up another blog over at Justify.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- Learn iPhone programming. I’ve already started and have been documenting it as part of my iOS Journey Series.
- Cook more meals from scratch.
- Start writing a book.
- Increase revenue this year by $10,000 over 2010.
- Really build a name for myself among the web community in Indiana.
- Find a good money manager and start investing.
- Learn to shoot.
- Go to a beach.
- Be more efficient and effective with every hour of the day.
- *** Personal goal here again that I’m keeping to myself.