Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 Personal Goals - Initial Post

As a recap of the previous years we have:

2010: 14% completed
2011: 30% completed
2012: 48% completed (counting partial completions)
2013: 28% completed (counting partial completions)
2014: 37% completed (counting partial completions)
2015: 29% completed (counting partial completions)
2016: 29% completed (counting partial completions)
2017: 25% completed (counting partial completions)

And so, even though I completely fell off the curve for 2017, I actually didn't end up doing much worse than usual. Maybe I'll try to temper my goals for 2018.
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1. Finish 1st Draft of my Novel
Start - Again on the list.

2. Drop weight to 167  
Start - This has also been on the list since the beginning. Starting at 190.5

3. Read 1 of the Top Ten Books on Zane's List  
Start - I am 2/3rds of the way through The Stories of Anton Chekhov.

4. Read the last 2 books on the Sybervision Book List 
Start - Current count is at 98.

6. Finish 1 more Geological Movie Review  
Start - Earthquake still looks like the best bet.

7. Watch 10 of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time  
Start - Current count is at 77.

8. Finish 50 things on the Blog/Website, with 30 specifically on my To Do list. 
Start - My To Do list currently has ~160 things on it.

9. Finish 5 things on the House Things to do List 
Start - The list currently has 22 things on it.

10. Finish skinning the top of the hovercraft 
Start - Hopefully I can make some time to get to it this year.

11. Get my 5K time under 25 minutes 
Start - My current best is 28:32

12. Collect and photograph all of the Star Wars Comics  
Start - It is time to finish this up. A lot more work involved here than I anticipated.

13. Submit 2 papers for publication 
Start - I need to get comments incorporated on one paper and finish writing another. 

14. Get caught up on my to read pile (which is mainly Star Wars but some other stuff as well) 
Start -  Big pile, lots to read and not much time to do it.

15. Watch and re-review Two entire lists of one of the 10 Top Ten Movies
Start - I'll have to figure out which two lists are best ones to work on.

16. Collect, photograph, and organize my Star Wars novel collection 
Start - When I move my collection, I could probably get this worked on.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2017 Personal Goals - End of Year Wrap-up

The year is all done and man, I fell off this wagon hard.
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1. Finish 1st Draft of my Novel (0% Done)
Start - Again on the list.

2. Drop weight to 167  (2% Done)
Start - This has also been on the list since the beginning. Starting at 191.1
Month 1 - 191.1
Month 3 - 190.0
Month 4 - 189.6
Month 12 - 190.5

3. Read 1 of the Top Ten Books on Zane's List  (66% Done)
Start - In the middle of The Stories of Anton Chekhov.
Month 4 - Finished book 1 of 2 of the complete stories.
Month 12 - Finished book 2 of apparently 3. I didn't realize there were 3 of these.

4. Read last 5 books on the Sybervision Book List (60% Done)
Start - Current count is at 95.
Month 1 - Read The Last of the Mohicans. 4 to go.
Month 2 - Read The Red and the Black. 3 to go.
Month 3 - Read Idylls of the King. 2 to go.

5. Read a total of 12 books on my book list. (need to get to 200 books by my 40th birthday)  (25% Done)
Start - Currently my total count is at 142.
Month 1 - Read The Last of the Mohicans. 11 to go.
Month 2 - Read The Red and the Black. 10 to go.
Month 3 - Read Idylls of the King. 9 to go.

6. Finish 2 more Geological Movie Reviews  (0% Done)
Start - Earthquake still looks like the best bet.

7. Watch 10 of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time  (0% Done)
Start - Current count is at 77.

8. Finish 50 things on the Blog/Website, with 30 specifically on my To Do list. (76% Done)
Start - My To Do list currently has ~160 things on it.
Month 1 - 6 items done. 44 to go.
Month 2 - 8 items done. 42 to go.
Month 3 - 18 items done. 32 to go.
Month 4 - 19 items done. 31 to go.
Month 5 - 37 items done. 13 to go.
Month 12 - 38 items done. 12 to go.

9. Finish 8 things on the House Things to do List  (62.5% Done)
Start - The list currently has 29 things on it.
Month 1 - In the middle of finishing the windows.
Month 2 - 1 item done, window sill installation. 7 to go.
Month 3 - 3 items done.
Month 12 - Over the last few months I finished 1 more item (installed new garage door), and half finished two other items (add bricks to the front gardens and install new hallway doors). 4 items done with an addition 2 half items done.

10. Finish skinning the top of the hovercraft  (0% Done)
Start - Hopefully I can make some time to get to it this year.

11. Get my 5K time under 25 minutes  (0% Done)
Start - My current best is 28:32

12. Collect and photograph all of the Star Wars Comics  (0% Done)
Start - It is time to finish this up. A lot more work involved here than I anticipated.

13. Submit 2 papers for publication (50% Done)
Start - Time to focus on my publications this year.
Month 2 - Been working steadily on getting my Master's Thesis publishable.
Month 3 - Spent most of the month working on the Master's Thesis.
Month 4 - Continued to work on Master's Thesis
Month 12 - I actually got this one submitted back in August and I have already gotten comments back on it. Time to work on that and submit again.

14. Get caught up on my to read pile (which is mainly Star Wars but some other stuff as well) (50% Done)
Start -  I read many of the books I was behind on last year. Time to get fully caught up on my to read pile.
Month 1 - Working my way through the pile steadily.
Month 2 - Slowly working through it.
Month 12 - Still working through it. Perhaps halfway through it?

15. Watch and re-review Two entire lists of one of the 10 Top Ten Movies (10% Done)
Start - Working my way through the Top 10 Sci-Fi movies now.
Month 2 - Rereviewed Star Wars and watched and reviewed Harvey. One of the Sci-Fi list and one on the Fantasy list.

16. Collect, photograph, and organize my Star Wars novel collection (0% Done)
Start - I have it mostly set with paperbacks but I would like to get the collection organized and get the first release hardcovers.

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My biggest issue was that I got a 1 year temporary teaching position that occupied all of my time in the fall, so I didn't have time to work on any of my personal items. This is great that I had a job, but hopefully after spending half a year getting all of that stuff set up, I'll have more time for my own stuff. I also spent a lot of time writing for AiPTComics.com and therefore wasn't working on my own personal projects. We will see what the new year brings us. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 Personal Goals - Month 5 Update

5 Months in.
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1. Finish 1st Draft of my Novel 
Start - Again on the list.

2. Drop weight to 167 
Start - This has also been on the list since the beginning. Starting at 191.1
Month 1 - 191.1
Month 3 - 190.0
Month 4 - 189.6

3. Read 1 of the Top Ten Books on Zane's List 
Start - In the middle of The Stories of Anton Chekhov.
Month 4 - Finished book 1 of 2 of the complete stories.

4. Read last 5 books on the Sybervision Book List
Start - Current count is at 95.
Month 1 - Read The Last of the Mohicans. 4 to go.
Month 2 - Read The Red and the Black. 3 to go.
Month 3 - Read Idylls of the King. 2 to go.

5. Read a total of 12 books on my book list. (need to get to 200 books by my 40th birthday) 
Start - Currently my total count is at 142.
Month 1 - Read The Last of the Mohicans. 11 to go.
Month 2 - Read The Red and the Black. 10 to go.
Month 3 - Read Idylls of the King. 9 to go.

6. Finish 2 more Geological Movie Reviews 
Start - Earthquake still looks like the best bet.

7. Watch 10 of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time 
Start - Current count is at 77.

8. Finish 50 things on the Blog/Website, with 30 specifically on my To Do list.
Start - My To Do list currently has ~160 things on it.
Month 1 - 6 items done. 44 to go.
Month 2 - 8 items done. 42 to go.
Month 3 - 18 items done. 32 to go.
Month 4 - 19 items done. 31 to go.
Month 5 - 37 items done. 13 to go.

9. Finish 8 things on the House Things to do List 
Start - The list currently has 29 things on it.
Month 1 - In the middle of finishing the windows.
Month 2 - 1 item done, window sill installation. 7 to go.
Month 3 - 3 items done.

10. Finish skinning the top of the hovercraft 
Start - Hopefully I can make some time to get to it this year.

11. Get my 5K time under 25 minutes 
Start - My current best is 28:32

12. Collect and photograph all of the Star Wars Comics 
Start - It is time to finish this up. A lot more work involved here than I anticipated.

13. Submit 2 papers for publication
Start - Time to focus on my publications this year.
Month 2 - Been working steadily on getting my Master's Thesis publishable.
Month 3 - Spent most of the month working on the Master's Thesis.
Month 4 - Continued to work on Master's Thesis

14. Get caught up on my to read pile (which is mainly Star Wars but some other stuff as well)
Start -  I read many of the books I was behind on last year. Time to get fully caught up on my to read pile.
Month 1 - Working my way through the pile steadily.
Month 2 - Slowly working through it.

15. Watch and re-review Two entire lists of one of the 10 Top Ten Movies
Start - Working my way through the Top 10 Sci-Fi movies now.
Month 2 - Rereviewed Star Wars and watched and reviewed Harvey. One of the Sci-Fi list and one on the Fantasy list.

16. Collect, photograph, and organize my Star Wars novel collection
Start - I have it mostly set with paperbacks but I would like to get the collection organized and get the first release hardcovers.

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I completed my goal of writing one post everyday of the month of May. Well this boosted my current number 8 goal from 19 items done to 37 items done. Not too shabby, however that goal didn't leave much time in the way to do anything. Back to working on the other stuff.

Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 Personal Goals - Month 4 Update

4 Months in.
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1. Finish 1st Draft of my Novel 
Start - Again on the list.

2. Drop weight to 167 
Start - This has also been on the list since the beginning. Starting at 191.1
Month 1 - 191.1
Month 3 - 190.0
Month 4 - 189.6

3. Read 1 of the Top Ten Books on Zane's List 
Start - In the middle of The Stories of Anton Chekhov.
Month 4 - Finished book 1 of 2 of the complete stories.

4. Read last 5 books on the Sybervision Book List
Start - Current count is at 95.
Month 1 - Read The Last of the Mohicans. 4 to go.
Month 2 - Read The Red and the Black. 3 to go.
Month 3 - Read Idylls of the King. 2 to go.

5. Read a total of 12 books on my book list. (need to get to 200 books by my 40th birthday) 
Start - Currently my total count is at 142.
Month 1 - Read The Last of the Mohicans. 11 to go.
Month 2 - Read The Red and the Black. 10 to go.
Month 3 - Read Idylls of the King. 9 to go.

6. Finish 2 more Geological Movie Reviews 
Start - Earthquake still looks like the best bet.

7. Watch 10 of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time 
Start - Current count is at 77.

8. Finish 50 things on the Blog/Website, with 30 specifically on my To Do list.
Start - My To Do list currently has ~160 things on it.
Month 1 - 6 items done. 44 to go.
Month 2 - 8 items done. 42 to go.
Month 3 - 18 items done. 32 to go.
Month 4 - 19 items done. 31 to go.

9. Finish 8 things on the House Things to do List 
Start - The list currently has 29 things on it.
Month 1 - In the middle of finishing the windows.
Month 2 - 1 item done, window sill installation. 7 to go.

10. Finish skinning the top of the hovercraft 
Start - Hopefully I can make some time to get to it this year.

11. Get my 5K time under 25 minutes 
Start - My current best is 28:32

12. Collect and photograph all of the Star Wars Comics 
Start - It is time to finish this up. A lot more work involved here than I anticipated.

13. Submit 2 papers for publication
Start - Time to focus on my publications this year.
Month 2 - Been working steadily on getting my Master's Thesis publishable.
Month 3 - Spent most of the month working on the Master's Thesis.
Month 4 - Continued to work on Master's Thesis

14. Get caught up on my to read pile (which is mainly Star Wars but some other stuff as well)
Start -  I read many of the books I was behind on last year. Time to get fully caught up on my to read pile.
Month 1 - Working my way through the pile steadily.
Month 2 - Slowly working through it.

15. Watch and re-review Two entire lists of one of the 10 Top Ten Movies
Start - Working my way through the Top 10 Sci-Fi movies now.
Month 2 - Rereviewed Star Wars and watched and reviewed Harvey. One of the Sci-Fi list and one on the Fantasy list.

16. Collect, photograph, and organize my Star Wars novel collection
Start - I have it mostly set with paperbacks but I would like to get the collection organized and get the first release hardcovers.

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I spent a good chunk of time writing for my new gig at AiPT! and I also went to Star Wars Celebration and Disney World. I plan on getting back on track this month with a writing goal to write one complete something (post, blog article, etc,) every day. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2017 Personal Goals - Month 3 Update

3 Months in.
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1. Finish 1st Draft of my Novel 
Start - Again on the list.

2. Drop weight to 167 
Start - This has also been on the list since the beginning. Starting at 191.1
Month 1 - 191.1
Month 3 - 190.0

3. Read 1 of the Top Ten Books on Zane's List 
Start - In the middle of The Stories of Anton Chekhov.

4. Read last 5 books on the Sybervision Book List
Start - Current count is at 95.
Month 1 - Read The Last of the Mohicans. 4 to go.
Month 2 - Read The Red and the Black. 3 to go.
Month 3 - Read Idylls of the King. 2 to go.

5. Read a total of 12 books on my book list. (need to get to 200 books by my 40th birthday) 
Start - Currently my total count is at 142.
Month 1 - Read The Last of the Mohicans. 11 to go.
Month 2 - Read The Red and the Black. 10 to go.
Month 3 - Read Idylls of the King. 9 to go.

6. Finish 2 more Geological Movie Reviews 
Start - Earthquake still looks like the best bet.

7. Watch 10 of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time 
Start - Current count is at 77.

8. Finish 50 things on the Blog/Website, with 30 specifically on my To Do list.
Start - My To Do list currently has ~160 things on it.
Month 1 - 6 items done. 44 to go.
Month 2 - 8 items done. 42 to go.
Month 3 - 18 items done. 32 to go.

9. Finish 8 things on the House Things to do List 
Start - The list currently has 29 things on it.
Month 1 - In the middle of finishing the windows.
Month 2 - 1 item done, window sill installation. 7 to go.

10. Finish skinning the top of the hovercraft 
Start - Hopefully I can make some time to get to it this year.

11. Get my 5K time under 25 minutes 
Start - My current best is 28:32

12. Collect and photograph all of the Star Wars Comics 
Start - It is time to finish this up. A lot more work involved here than I anticipated.

13. Submit 2 papers for publication
Start - Time to focus on my publications this year.
Month 2 - Been working steadily on getting my Master's Thesis publishable.
Month 3 - Spent most of the month working on the Master's Thesis.

14. Get caught up on my to read pile (which is mainly Star Wars but some other stuff as well)
Start -  I read many of the books I was behind on last year. Time to get fully caught up on my to read pile.
Month 1 - Working my way through the pile steadily.
Month 2 - Slowly working through it.

15. Watch and re-review Two entire lists of one of the 10 Top Ten Movies
Start - Working my way through the Top 10 Sci-Fi movies now.
Month 2 - Rereviewed Star Wars and watched and reviewed Harvey. One of the Sci-Fi list and one on the Fantasy list.

16. Collect, photograph, and organize my Star Wars novel collection
Start - I have it mostly set with paperbacks but I would like to get the collection organized and get the first release hardcovers.

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Again, I spent most of my extra time this month getting my Master's Thesis set for publication submittal. I finished up the major figures that needed fixing. Now on to the final sections that need to be rewritten.