January 16, 2018
Right, let’s look back at and assess my Goals for 2017:
- Animal Calendar: yes :) This has made life a lot easier.
- Separations between work and play: yes, but only by the end of 2017.
- Becoming an Emacs contributor: nope. I did start work on a library to read ical files into orgmode that I’d hoped might be incorporated, but haven’t got that to a releasable state after deciding part-way through that I’d taken the wrong technical approach.
- Saving 10% of income: LOL. We basically broke even in 2017 after a series of unexpected expenses, and 2018 is going to be even more challenging.
- Weight: still at ~ 89kg (more on that in a subsequent post, but basically, didn’t fast anywhere near as often as I’d intended).
- Fitness: slightly improved, but nothing to write home about. More in a future post again, but having experimented a bit I think swimming is my preferred form of exercise these days.
- House & garden maintenance: probably. I think it’s been around 2 hours / weekend, possibly more, but I haven’t tracked it. Need to rectify that in 2018.
- Selling Cagiva Mito: no, largely through procrastination due to a lingering worry that I’ll regret selling it like some other bikes I’ve regretted (RD350, GSXR600).
- SV650 maintenance: yes.
- Grade 4 alto recorder: LOLnope. Have barely been maintaining my current level of proficiency. Also, my wonderful wife bought me a guitar for an anniversary present, so I’ll be focusing on that for the time being.
- Recruiting for Cogent: LOOOOOOLnope. I’ve been talking to a bunch of people but they are proving annoyingly happy where they are ;) Zero new hires.
So that’s 4/11. Not terribly bad, but it’s conspicuously the easiest items that I achieved.
I learned a fair bit in working towards those goals.
I’d assumed that growing our family by a third child would increase my workload in a predictable, linear manner. This was wrong: actually what happens is the possibility of unexpected, time-consuming, and expensive events grows in a squared relationship, in a similar manner to Brooks’ law.
Deciding I wanted to be an Emacs contribute was putting the cart way before the horse. What I should have decided was that I wanted to improve a significant use case of mine for Emacs, and if that became a patch that was accepted into Emacs, great. Failing to get this right led to a lot of pointless flailing.
My budget was way out of date, and missing several crucial elements. I’d have been a lot less gung-ho about a 10% savings goal if I’d known that. Note to self (and this will likely be the subject of yet another future post): keep your budget current :)
Fasting three days a week does result in fairly rapid weight loss, but it’s remarkably unpleasant. Two days per week is a much easier proposition, and the approach I’ll be taking in 2018. So far, that’s progressing nicely, although I’ve yet to observe any significant weight loss. Early days yet.
Over the next week or two I’ll be mulling goals for 2018, probably rolling a few of the 2017 goals I missed in.