We’ve made it to the midway point, everybody! 2018 is halfway over. It went by fast, but when I look back at all I got done, it definitely gives me some nice perspective.
Hopefully, you set some goals of your own! And you had the chance to go back and take a look at all you’ve achieved too!
Because we’re halfway through, I thought it was a good time to reflect. I’ve gotten a lot of work done towards my goals, I’ve also changed them up a bit. So, let’s take a minute to look back at what I did, why I did it, and what I plan on doing in the 2nd half of the year.
So here we go!
What I thought I’d do, and what I did do
You’ll see that I laid out some goals for 2018.
They looked like this:
Blog Posts: 12 on the year (It might be 11 or 10, substituting a few infrastructural development projects for posts. But, long and short, 12 things.
Music: 12 songs, written, recorded, mastered, published and posted
Fiction writing: 30,000 words published. I see these happening in 5,000 – 6,000-word segments. This comes out to 6 to 5 segments. #math
Language: This is masochistic – 300 hours of Spanish, 150 hours of Italian.
Reading: 52,000 pages.
It took me about 4 weeks before I realized that plan was crazy.
As you can see, at the end of January I dropped the language to 400 hours of Spanish (no more Italian now).
I also dropped songs to 8, not 12.
Frankly, those first 4 weeks I was drowning. I knew that if I kept going at that pace, I was bound to eventually collapse under my own ambitions.
It’s fine to set aggressive goals, but they also have to be achievable. When you set goals across an entire year, the name of the game is motivation. Motivation comes when you achieve goals and hit deadlines. When you don’t, it goes away. Get too far back in the race, and you’ll be slogging home.
So guess what, I felt the slog and aborted. I haven’t regretted it since.
Where am I at?
K, middle of the year, and what have I really done?
Blogs – (not counting this one) 8 out of 12 done – 67% Complete
Music – 4 out of 8 songs done – 50% complete
Fiction – 0 out of 4 (AHHH) 0% complete
Language – 240 hours out of 400 done – 60% muy bien!
Reading 5200 pages! – 100% done
Based on some loose calculations, I’d say I’ve completed about 58.5% of my yearly goals, which is great because it gives me some wiggle room going forward!
400 hours of language learning is hard work. I feel like I’m constantly doing it. It doesn’t seem like much when you’re looking at the number but has been non-stop. I’m constantly trying to fill each spare minute listening or reading Spanish.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s super fun, and I love it, and I’m really reaching a level that I’ve never got close to before. But, it’s a long haul.
Luckily, I’m at a point where I can just listen to podcasts or watch tv. I also have so Spanish-speaking friends I can chat up, which is a lot more fun than just memorizing words. Hopefully, this will make it easier to find time to do other stuff.
I don’t know how this is going to play out. It’s gonna be hard. I had a couple of false starts. I originally thought I was going to use something I already had and turn it into a serial fiction thing, but it just didn’t feel right.
I’ve outlined a new project, which will be fun, but it will also be starting from scratch.
The biggest problem is that I just don’t know how long it’ll take me!
I’m still feeling confident I’ll hit my goal, but I’ve really gotta get cooking!
The music thing is taking way more time than I had first thought.
I figured I could get 3 songs done in 650 minutes, but in the real world, I’m averaging 736 minutes per full song!
A lot of that was working on my mixing techniques, and endlessly tweaking, watching YouTube videos on how compression works, etc. Luckily, I now have some hard-earned experience, which I think will make it go a bit quicker.
I’m a little excited because I have a unifying project for the remaining 4 songs. I’m linking them thematically around Bob Lazar, which will be fun.
From a tactical perspective, I’ve also decided to only record tracks that could be performed live by 4 people. That will hopefully cut down on some of the extraneous noise I’ve been bringing into my mixes. It’ll also make them come together quicker (or such is the dream).
Simplify! That’s the name of the game.
Wrapping it up!
I’m feeling pretty good about the 2nd half of the year. It’ll be exciting to see what I end up with when it’s all said and done.
So far I’m having a blast, and I love looking back at all the word I”ve achieved and all the things I’ve produced!
Honestly, I’m already thinking about what I’ll be doing in 2019!.
Let me know what you have planned for the 2nd half of the year!