I’ve become a big fan of setting goals/resolutions at the beginning of the year, but one of the biggest things people don’t like to do is measure how they did at the end of the year. Well, since nothing helps you stay on track like accountability, here are my resolutions from last year, and how I stacked up:
Learn a foreign Language
I wasn’t sure which language when I made the resolution, but decided on German since I was planning on visiting Germany over the summer. While I took some steps toward this, learning some basic phrases through podcasts and the like, it became clear relatively early in the year that the trip to Germany was going to fall through, and that pretty much shot any motivation I had. I learned a little, but overall, did pretty bad with this one.
Be more active / Lose weight
While in the end, I didn’t really keep that much weight off through the holidays, I’m relatively okay with this. Really I just wanted to get the the gym more, and I definitely did that. This goal also led me to take lessons in “proper” swimming techniques that I really enjoyed.
Blog once a week
This one I also hit, in a matter of speaking. While there were several weeks that I didn’t post (June-August especially) my total post number was 53 for the year, so that’s good enough for me.
Earn one certification
I had my eye on the CompTIA Security+ certification, because if I got it before 12/31/10 it would be valid for life (they switched to requiring renewals this year) This one I also didn’t do so hot on. I had two back to back weeks of 9-5 Windows Server 2008 and Exchange 2010 classes and that pretty much blew through any motivation for “higher learning”
No Pop for one year
This one I am very happy about. I drank no pop for the entire year of 2010. (Well practically no pop – I accidentally grabbed the wrong cup and drank a sip three days before new years – what are the odds!)
Complete 3 side jobs (paid)
This one I also completed. I did some network troubleshooting work and also set up WordPress and trained trained users for a blog. Technically that’s not three jobs, but since I also started my own business, I’m calling it good.
All in all, I’m happy with 2010, it was a good yearn pretty much all around. I missed two goals, partially completed two more, and completed two completely. There certainly are some things I will continue working on in 2011, but what’s the point of setting goals if they are too easy to reach?