Once again it’s a new year, and once again it’s time to set some goals that I’ll fail to achieve in the coming year. But, first, let’s take a look back on 2009’s goals:
I failed in every way possible in 2009 at achieving my resolutions.
It’s a terrible custom, but probably a good practice for me, just the same, so here goes. This year I’ll try to make my goals DUMB.
- Complete 30 books. I’m in the process of reading about a dozen books now, and I haven’t finished a book over 100 pages in months. This is reprehensible. I don’t, at this point, care if we’re talking about mass market paperbacks or scientific literature. It’s about time I finish some books. Going by 2009’s rate of completion, I will die long before my “to read” shelf gets empty, and that’s more than depressing. I don’t care if I complete the books I’m reading, or not, but I need to finish 30 books this year. That’s the goals.
- Finish a dozen video games. I have a lot of video games. I play very few to completion. It’s satisfying when I do. I want to finish a dozen games. It doesn’t matter if some of them are shorter indie games, and some are long and involved, but I want to achieve some stuff here and see the end of some games. My plan is to keep myself to under ten installed games on Steam, so that I can force myself to finish a game before installing another. Keeping my games running on my SSD helps with this, since the SSD is limited in space. Nobody remind me that I have a striped array of very fast magnetic disks that could also accommodate games.
- Get to 200 pounds. This one’s pretty straight forward; I’d like to knock some weight off.
- Find a way to take more pleasure in my current job, or change what I’m doing. Things are going “well enough” by any objective terms, but I need to find a way to take more satisfaction in what I’m doing, or change how I’m approaching my job. Hard to measure progress here and set a specific goal, but something has to budge.
- Fix my ankle. Whether I work harder at PT or go under the knife, I need to be able to walk out of my apartment not wondering if this is the day I’ll blow my ankle out again.
- Make material contributions to an open source project. This one has been nagging at me for a while. Other than some one-line fixes, I’ve yet to ever make a contribution to an open sore project. It will be good for me (I actually get to write some code), and it’s about time.
- Become a Project Euler icosahedron. I’m not yet an octahedron, but I’m getting close. This is a bit of a stretch, but I need to do something to keep my brain from rotting, and this is filling that need temporarily.
- Learn a new programming language. While I dabble in these things every year, I would like to become proficient in a new language this year. Optimally, I’d like to cover at least one procedural and one functional language, but we’ll see what happens. This doesn’t mean I can do hello world, but that I can write real-world code in one of these.
- Take a dozen photographs I’m proud of. I’ve been taking a few more photos lately, but I’m still not happy with my work. I’m not limited by glass. I’m not limited by sensor resolution. I’m a little limited by technique, and a lot limited by creativity. I’d like to, at the end of the year, have a portfolio of twelve shots I made in 2010 that make me proud to be a photographer.
See you in a year.