I tried to avoid writing this post and I dreaded it with the same feelings I usually had during report cards; however, it needed to be done. I was reminded of this when I saw that @kylemaxwell did a review of his 2014 goals, so I feel that I need to belly up to the bar and do one myself.
$DEITY, this is not going to be pretty.
- Finish my ever lengthening list of half baked projects – While, weirdly enough, I did not work and complete the three tools I mentioned, I did do a much better job of completing something when I started out on it and not declaring it “good enough” — That counts for something, right? (Grade: C-)
- Examine and update all my existing tools – Hahahaha. Nope. (Grade: F)
- Work on some hardware projects – This was one that nagged me throughout the year. My Raspberry Pi which was going to be a basis for whatever I did was… re-appropriated when a relative dropped $250 on a ready-made XBox Media Console from a shady web store that blew up within a week. $30 for some components and I was able to save him $220. More hardware related, I did some Arduino development that made some lights blink when some buttons were pressed, but nothing anywhere near my original plans. (Grade: F+)
- Become active in Ham Radio again – While I did not pick up the microphone at all, I did do my fair share of advocacy. This mostly involved encouraging people to go out for their license. The good news is that by doing so, the hobby netted one new ham. Good enough for me. (Grade: D+)
- Write more articles – Well, I did do an infinitely large number of articles in 2014 compared to 2011 and 2012, because anything compared to 0 is a crazy large number. Still, three is far short of where I wanted to be. Still, I’m happy I did something. (Grade: C-)
I made small progress on one of my stretch goals, specifically trying to stand up a CitySec chapter in Providence. While I had a name and a location picked out and was aiming for something this summer, I placed it on hold when a new opportunity floated my way. With any luck, this will come to fruition this spring.
I did have some takeaways from my
miserable failings less than stellar performance this year:
- I need to have a better way of tracking ideas and tasks – I have a habit of finding little bits of information or things that I want to do and I stuff them away. I then promptly never look at where I stuff them ever again and forget about them. Drives me batty.
- I work better in changes of scenery – I find that getting outside of my usual area where I work really boosts my productivity. This seems to be transitive as while I seem to do $DAYJOB work better when I work from home, as soon as I switch over to hobby stuff, I need to be out of the house somewhere else.
- I’m not productive on a schedule – I really have no idea how people do this, but I flip-flop from “obsessed” to “aloof” about a subject on a seemingly random basis. I need to get into a rhythm of writing, coding, or whatever on a regular schedule.
One immediate goal I have for 2015 is “come up with goals for 2015” – This will be interesting, as I should make them a bit different than the 2014 goals, even though I missed almost every single one.