Tuesday, January 01, 2013

December/Year-End Wrap-Up - BC2012 and Other Goals

December was a fitting end to the year in goals. I made progress in most areas where I've progressed all year, and I failed in areas where I've failed all year.

1. Book Challenge 2012: I read 10 books in December, a solid finish to a record year. I achieved my primary goal of finishing more than I acquired, but not by the wide margin that was my secondary goal. December totals: 10 books finished, 8 acquired. Overall totals: 122 books finished, 118 books acquired.

I'm not sure how to approach this in 2013, whether I should do the same thing again or modify it somehow. As I mentioned last month, BC2012 has encouraged me to read more as well as be more careful about my purchases, and also I think writing something about every book I finish is a worthwhile exercise. One goal I will not set: to read more books than I did this year. That isn't the point.

2. Cut down on e-mail: I think I've accomplished this one, at least enough that I don't need to carry it into 2013. I've managed to get the daily deals out of my system, so that has helped. One must be ever-vigilant, however; it is easy to get added to someone's e-mail list just by making a purchase or a donation.

3. Drive less: I went nearly two weeks without driving at all, so this was a good month. While I want to continue to keep the miles down on the car, I don't think this goal is worth monitoring in 2013. It's too vague and sometimes beyond my control.

4. Physical activity: Nothing. This is something I definitely need to work on in 2013, but I'll have to figure out how to measure it. Perhaps frequency, like days per week, or maybe time in hours per week?

5. Drink more: I finished off a couple more vodkas so there's only one bottle left of the six I got with a Groupon deal last December. In short, I accomplished the goal of drinking more alcohol but mostly failed at drinking more water. This was always a vague goal anyway, so I'll drop it for 2013.

6. Dine and shop locally: I ate locally but didn't buy much. This is the type of goal that I want to avoid in 2013. It's a worthy pursuit, but not a suitable goal because there's no good way to measure it. I do like the idea of buying at least one book per month at the Book Cellar, but that's not worth tracking here all year.

7. Clean and declutter: I got a second wind from It's All Too Much and plowed through much of the attic. My wife dropped off a bunch of stuff at Working Bikes and I delivered a carload to Goodwill on December 31. I even eschewed traditional Christmas presents, asking for grocery gift cards instead. I achieved enough to declare this a success for 2012, but there is plenty more to do in 2013.

8. Enhance and expand my web presence: Now that I've switched over to the desktop PC where my new software is installed, I'm running out of excuses not to move forward on this. And the fact that I made more money selling advertising on my sites than I did from anything else in 2012 should be motivation to develop more content. This will definitely be a 2013 goal.

9. Figure out my professional future: This one is officially resolved: I'm a homemaker.

10. Floss regularly: This one is officially resolved as well: nine months without missing a day.

Out of 10 goals, I count eight as successes in 2012 (the failures being #4 and #8). I plan to carry four of those goals forward into 2013: the two failures, #7 as an ongoing project, and #1 in some form. There may be another goal or two, but I will not do 10 again; that's too many. I'll declare them in a few days when I've figured out the metrics and such.

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