It seems like just last month I wrote about what I wanted to accomplish in 2009. Sadly, it looks like I accomplished very little of what I set out to do. 2009 can best be described as a big old load of FAIL with a side of despair and some crazy pudding for dessert. For the sake of review, I:
- Still haven't met my 2007 resolution of getting down to 250 lbs.
- Didn't run a 10K this year.
- Didn't do much to grow this blog. Currently I have 148 subscribers and had 211,000 visits for the year.
- Didn't do anything with geekintoshape.com. Which likely explains why I didn't meet goal #1.
That about sums up the measurable goals. Now, for the unmeasurable, I think I did a little better. Let me explain.
I wanted to live a little more simply. My wife and I have de-cluttered the house quite a bit. With our new addition to the house, we've managed to make the most out of our small house. I'm very proud of how well we've been able to shed some "stuff"
I wanted to get rid of unnecessary obligations. This was a tough one to do.
Throughout the year I've been doing my best to re-focus myself at work. I've been at the same place for 5 years and it's amazing just how much responsibility you can accumulate! Once I sat down and thought about it, I realized that I was involved in every little thing on every little project. I've made it a point to step back and let my immediate manager run interference for me so that I can actually get things done. This puts me out of the loop a little, but my productivity gains have been huge as a result. I'm still involved in way more stuff than just writing software, but I feel good about my willingness to step back and let other people be responsible for things from time to time.
More recently I made a really tough decision to let go of a small source of revenue. On the side I was running a small web hosting business. I had about 10 clients paying me to make sure that their website worked and they could send/receive emails. It wasn't much money, but it did allow me to host my sites for free and to have a little extra cash for toys. Lately my web host has been a little less than reliable and it's caused me a huge amount of grief. I just decided that it wasn't worth the trouble. I would rather spend my free time with my son, with my wife, writing a blog post or learning something new. I still feel awful about it because in my eyes, I feel like I just gave up. In the end though, my sanity won out.
I wanted to make better use of my idle time. If you don't have children, let me be the first to tell you that having a child is the easiest way to consume all of your idle time. In the time that it took to write this, I've taken a break to feed Hudson and another to comfort him when he woke up from his nap. There is no more idle time.
And there, my friends, is the answer to where MY 2009 went. It was consumed entirely with the process of delivering and taking care of this: