This was last year's to do list. I completed the ones in bold.1. Half marathon.
2. Oxfam 100km challenge.
3. Travel overseas - went to New Zealand
4. Pay off car loan.
5. Attend Young Entreprenurs seminar, and get something out of it.
6. Take dance lessons... not sure which ones yet.
7. Change jobs.
8. Save 50% house deposit.
Scratch number one off, because I will admit I hate running and only wanted to do this because I thought I would grow to like it, there more I did it. WRONG. I still hate it. And doing it for 21km won't make me like it more than before. The Oxfam 100km will stay on the list though.
Car loan could be paid off if I use the deposit, so those two are interchangeable. It can be one or the other. Dance lessons never eventuated, but that might come later. I am not too fussed about that one.
I changed jobs though, which was excellent. That happened in May and it was the best one to come through this year.
I tend to write down what I want to do throughout the year, so this isn't always the final list. What else did I do this year?
1. Setup a company and separate business finances and personal finances.
2. Upgraded my camera and my computer (to something a bit more professional that will help me out in the new year). Costly, but it will help me out a lot.
3. Changed my diet completely - with the exception of an auto immune disease, and the extra weight I am slowly working with I am healthy. Blood tests reveal I am extremely healthy on the inside, and I am slowly getting fitter.
4. Learnt a considerable amount on building websites (one of the reasons I left my job, I was feeling out of date).
5. Helped my sister start studying animation.
6. Kept up my blog. I should finish the entries in the draft box.
Things I would like to do in the next couple of months...
1. Setup all my photography equipment - lights, backdrops and lenses.
2. Update my website with a journal, tutorials and downloads.
3. Make some side money on stock photography websites and stock design websites.
4. Increase my business earnings - at the moment I am matching my old salary. Now I want to be in a much better position come tax time in 2012.
I don't think New Year's resolutions are completely useless. It gives some people a rough outline to what they want to achieve. I think it fails when they don't remind themselves, or at least start something. Those who don't do th