Finding the time to achieve in 2014/15 seemed almost impossible when I look back. Supporting and spending time with my 2 beautiful girls and partner, building a loving home, paying bills, working as an independent self employed designer, marketing, paperwork, trying to socialise with friends, exercising, cycling, gardening, 6 ducks, running 2 cars, selling 1 car, restoring my old 1980's Broom Speedboat and my MK1 Fiesta XR2... bla, bla, bla. (UPDATE: and now drone / quadcopter flying with HD camera)
With that being said, these were my past targets and challenges…
For 2015, I never did set any out in stone. But they were to continue with the explosion of work at that current time and continue with the targets and challenges from 2014.
Starting was a positive, target one was a success. Too right, this was my main point. Cutting costs meant I could use these “savings” else where. Like marketing for example. Areas I cut or altered and made massive savings on were; server environments, domain names, everyday work and office space, cycling instead of driving when I could, and I also cut a number of online third-party services that I didn’t really need but thought it would be nice to have. You know the ones.
Secondly, provide design and development solutions to at least two charities. Unfortunately this didn’t happen. Everything was in place ready for promotion, but I was just to busy at that particular time. People would say “make the time”, but running my ‘one-man band’ business, having a family and spending time with them and living, plus everything else. I just really couldn’t find the time. Maybe this year?
Write more. Post at least one blog article per month. No comment….
I’m now pushing and going for a post a week, starting today. This will be interesting!
Fourth. To design, develop and launch completed personal projects for everyone to use and benefit. This had been started, but didn’t launch. Reason, I felt it was outdated and not great.
2016… watch this space!
Lastly. Increase involvement within online communities. This was my lowest priority and kind of got forgotten about.
And what is even more exciting, every single new target and challenge is already in motion!
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