Looking back at 2011 and wondering how I got to this place, cause that journey
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.