For the first time in my nine years with Lee Enterprises my annual review falls inside the tidy boudaries of the calendar year. This means I finally stand a decent chance of escaping the Pavlovian responses to August and September, and find my sense of a “new beginning” coming when the calendar flips to January.
So, as I look back at my first year with madison.com (ok, 11 months) it’s difficult to separate some of the personal goals I had for 2011 from my professional goals. And maybe because on the whole, I’m left feeling that while I “scored” very well in achieving what I wanted to personally, my “scores” lacked quite a bit – by my standards – in the professional arena.
Still, there are inklings and hints as the calendar flips to 2012, that the two areas may once again start blending together.
So, what did I set out to accomplish for myself in 2011? How did I score?
- Be able to play guitar and sing “Long Road,” “Heart of Gold,” or “Gloria” at the same time in a voice that I can be proud of.
- Earn one freelance gig redesigning someone’s wordpress site.
- Write something once a week. Anything.
- Do something will all my old writing.
- Quit smoking…while I am at the office. Outside the office will come in 2012.
- Record one spoken word piece.
Of these, it feels really good to know that I can bascially cross everything off my list except for playing guitar and singing at the same time – my neighbors are probably very happy that this didn’t happen – and recording a spoken-word piece.
And I don’t know if I wrote something each week, but I think I came close thanks to some opportunities – unforeseen when setting goals in January – that came my way and opened so many other doors and allowed me to accomplish other goals.
Seriously need a google map layer of the 111 congress. Anyone have any bright ideas?— Jon Davenport (@JonDavenport1) March 28, 2011
And if reading that paragraph felt a bit disorienting, living it was a bit more so. Trust me.
So what does 2012 hold? What do I want to accomplish? I aim to write that up later this week, after I finish my performance review. But I’m left feeling the list might include things that you can’t link to on the internet. Character traits seldom have web pages.