On January 1, 2012 – a year and a half ago – I wrote the this post called “Produce More, Consume Less”. In it I discussed a bunch of stuff that I wanted to do in the coming year. I thought it might be fun to review and see how I am doing on those things:
Write a substantive post on my blog once a week.
I did well with this for a while, but recently, I haven’t blogged much because I’ve been working on my book. (See below). In addition, 2012 ended up being a difficult year for the Hodges household, and so the blogging didn’t get done as much as I would have liked. However, I think I have posted a pretty good chunk of content over the last year and a half.
Find an open source project and work on it.
Here I have fallen down. I’ve wanted for a long time to write /// documentation for the Spring Framework, but I haven’t really done that. I have created a good collection of Delphi code demos on BitBucket, but I’m not sure we can really call that an “open source project”. I will put effort into the Spring for Delphi documentation moving forward, I promise.
I’m going to get off my butt and walk.
I did…okay here. I walked a lot with my wife. Recently, however, this has tapered off quite a bit, and I’m sorry to say that I’m as heavy as I’ve ever been. However, in just the last two days, I’ve started a determined effort to start running again. I ran track and cross-country in college (though you can tell it was a very, very long time ago just by looking at me) and I’d like to be a runner again. I’m determined this time. We’ll see. Actually, I have to because if I don’t, I’m headed for a heart attack. Seriously.
I’m going to write a book on coding in Delphi.
Well, I didn’t get it done in 2012, but I’m currently working hard on it and hope to have it done this year instead. I’m nearly done with all the chapters for the first draft, and am looking more closely into how to get a cover, get it ready for publishing, etc. I’m setting my sites on publishing it by the end of the year.
I’m going to be deliberate and purposeful in what I read.
I think I have done pretty well here. I made a list of books that I wanted to read and have read them, both novels and technical books. (I got an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas, and I’ve read my books on it almost exclusively) I’ve read a lot, and have a good list of “to read” books. On the Internet side, I’ve pared down my collection of RSS feeds quite a bit, and spend time reading only those that are really important (like the blog of my wife and proofreader, ipaintiwrite). By the way, with the demise of Google Reader, I’ve switched over to The Old Reader for tracking my RSS feeds.
I’m going to be deliberate and plan any [TV and Movie] watching I do.
Here I’ve done very well. I don’t watch much TV anymore at all, and when I do, I deliberately choose what to watch and do so. For instance, I recently finished up “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix, having decided deliberately to watch it. I also watched “House of Cards”. I can’t remember the last time I just sat down and randomly picked something to watch on TV. As for Movies, I’ve seen most of the blockbusters in the theatre and watched almost no movies on DVD, Netflix, etc. I’m pleased with how this is going.
I’m going to remove FreeCell from my phone.
I did this, as well as removed all other games from my phone. Other than playing Words with Friends at lunch with my co-workers (we are pretty obsessive about it), I’ve done really well here. I have spent very little time playing games, and when I have, it’s been with my son for some good bonding time.
I’m going to spend time selling stuff on eBay.
This has been average. I have sold some items, as well as donated a lot of things to charity. I still have stuff that I’d like to sell, but haven’t really made a big dent in the large amount of “stuff” that I own. I’d like to have less stuff, and so I’ll have to get after this.
Overall, after a year and a half, it’s not bad, but not great. Losing weight, getting in shape, and publishing my book are at the top of the list going forward.