In January, I laid out a list of things I'd like to achieve before I turn 30 - giving myself three years, at the time. Today marks six months on from there, and consequently one-sixth of the way through (in time if not in progress...), so this is a quick update on where I'm up to.
But before I get on to listing and box-ticking, I'd like to say a little bit more about my motivation.
I made this list because goals and deadlines keep me productive; that's just the way my brain works. I chose things to include based on areas where I wanted to push myself, things I wanted to start (or finish) sooner rather than later, and one or two places where I felt I could use a little extra encouragement.
There's no place in this process for quick wins, or cheating, or shortcuts... I only wrote down things that I really, really want to do. And if I want to do something, I want to do properly. That might mean I miss some goals simply because I haven't finished to my satisfaction within three years. That's okay. I expect there to be other lists for other periods of time.
Enough of me rambling, then. Let's see where we're up to, with green for finished items and pink for progress since January.
(6 Jan 2010)
(6 July 2010)
|Complete my PhD||Just about to complete my 'transfer'||Transferred to full PhD status on January 21st|
|Publish in an academic journal||Not started|
|Present at a conference||One unsuccessful submission in 2009|
|Install a woodburning stove||Not started||Disconnected the broken gas fire which was in the fireplace we want to use.|
|Redecorate the house||Not started||Got some quotes.|
|Install solar water heating||Not started|
|Build raised vegetable beds||Not started|
|Go to Greenland||Booked for summer 2010||Just got back!|
|Visit the southern hemisphere||Probably New Zealand in 2011|
|Have visited 30 countries||Currently 20||Up to 22: added the Faroes and Greenland|
|Writing & Speaking|
|Have a novel published||About to start sending out queries (wish me luck!)|
|Finish the Charanthe series||Volume 1 (of 3) complete in draft||Finished editing Vol 1, and written some of Vol 2|
|Finish writing one standalone novel||Odd first-drafts lying around|
|Record and podcast an audiobook||Not started||Done some test recordings|
|Have articles printed in 10 different publications||1/10 so far||Sent out a few queries (ignored)|
|Average 5,000 hits a month on my blog||Currently ~1,500||Over the past six months the average is ~2,200|
|Get a slot on the local radio station||Training course starting soon||Took a short course in radio production and broadcasting|
|Take at least 5 public speaking engagements||Not started||Found a couple of leads for possible bookings|
|Crafts & Skills|
|Hand-knit a jumper or cardigan for myself||Not started||Knit myself a cardigan|
|Learn embroidery||Not started||Started learning|
|Learn 10 new juggling tricks||Not started|
|Use manual camera settings most of the time||Currently rather erratic|
|Get my Guiding warrant||At the beginning of the process||Around 1/4 done|
|Develop a board game||A few ideas floating around||Made an initial prototype (lots of work still to do!)|
|Make all my own Christmas cards||About half were hand-made in 2009|
So out of 25 goals, that's two completed, with measurable progress against a further thirteen. The next full update will be on my 28th birthday...