Last November, I posted up 13 challenges I had set myself to achieve throughout 2011. Some of these challenges, I knew I wouldn’t complete but I wanted to attempt them at least. I wanted to complete at least 9 of these challenges but would have been happy to complete half of them. The deadline is the 31st October which I realise is still a couple of days away yet, but this years challenges are finished.
I managed to complete 7 of these challenges; most of which relates to web design. I attended a web conference / meetups or six (New Adventures, Geek Ninja Battle Night, CroydonCreativ.es, Geek Karting, Insites Tour & Points). I would have attended WDC had it not been for a baby-related worry.
I spent the year building a brand. I completed a Project 50 photo project. I redesigned my website. I got (more than) 2 new clients, I upped my work rate by doing more work in 2011 than I did between 2009 & 2010 and I also grabbed the secret achievement, hurrah!
I failed to complete the ‘Get A Track Played’ in a radio or a club achievement, however I put 50% against this because I did do a 20minute DJ mix for DeJaVu FM (A UK Pirate Radio station) which was played on air and also put on a ‘street’ CD handed out at events. It’s halfway there :)
The next 3 challenges all related to my health, and all ended badly. I set two challenges as targets in weight loss, and failed both. I also wanted to run 5k and again, failed that. It’s no excuse but I struggled to find time to go for a run. I Already get up at 5:45 every morning for work and by the time I’ve done a full days work, spent time with my wife & boy, had dinner etc, it’s nearly 9pm and that’s before I sat down for some client work.
But I did make some other achievements over the last year.
I done my first speaking gig (all be it, a short talk) at Points. I also started organising the CroydonCreativ.es – a monthly meet for local web designers & developers. I made some cool stuff, I’ve learnt some seriously cool stuff, I’ve taught some cool stuff and I did actually manage to slow down a bit, prioritise and enjoy spending more time with my family!
As much as I feel disappointed by missing out on completing more of these challenges, I’m happy with actually completing more than half. I have already started concocting the my list of achievements for 2012.
Did you have a list of challenges that you wanted to achieve this year? I know the year’s not over yet so how are you getting on? There’s still 2 months left to finish up :)