Goals for 2015

  • Get a stable job (variants of this goal have been ongoing for three years)
  • Continue learning German
  • Learn python
  • Go to Europe
  • Read 20 books

2014 – The Year of Growth

Another year comes to an end. This year has been different to previous years, in particular, my first year properly working in a full time job. During this year I have achieved many of the goals I set myself in January:

  • Graduate and get a real job
    • My thesis was passed in May and I graduated in November.
    • In February I was offered a five month position at UNSW which was then extended through to the end of the year.
  • Continue Learning German – and go back to Germany.
    • I did well with the German in the middle of the year, but in the later months I have done none.
    • I still have a massive desire to return to Germany.
  • Summit Mt Kosciusko
    • Fourth year in a row that this hasn’t happened. But I did go skiing in the Snowy Mountains.
  • Publish a journal article – or two.
    • I published two conference papers, still got to get those journal articles done.
  • Read at least ten books – including the six paperbacks I currently have unread.
    • I have read 36 books! But have now amassed 14 more to be read. In May I decided to start reading on the bus in the morning rather than reading Facebook and Twitter on my phone.
  • Buy a VF Commodore – I’ve wanted a Holden since I was in my teens.
    • Still a pipe-dream
  • Keep this blog up to date.
    • I blogged fewer times than any previous year, so I avoided the problem.

The year has had many highlights: Continue reading “2014 – The Year of Growth”

Goals for 2014

In no particular, but some sort of order:

  • Graduate and get a real job – I’ve submitted the thesis, now just waiting on the marks.
  • Continue Learning German – and go back to Germany.
  • Summit Mt Kosciusko – it has to be achieved some day soon.
  • Publish a journal article – or two.
  • Read at least ten books – including the six paperbacks I currently have unread.
  • Buy a VF Commodore – I’ve wanted a Holden since I was in my teens.
  • Keep this blog up to date – In the last few months I’ve been about three months behind on posts.

2013 – The Year of Adventure

2013 has been great. It’s been a year of fantastic fun, growth and personal achievement.

At the start of 2013 I laid out some goals for the year, they were:

  • Complete my PhD
    • Achieved!
    • I submitted on November 20.
  • Get a real job
    • Not completely achieved, I’m freelancing at the moment.
  • Learn German
    • I did far better at this than in 2012. I am still very much a beginner, but I am learning.
    • Duolingo has been great for this.
  • Summit Mt Kosciusko
    • Once again this goal was elusive.
  • Publish a paper and a journal article
    • I published two papers.
  • Go on a holiday for at least a week without internet access
    • I didn’t end up away for a whole week without internet, but there were a few weekends of digital silence.

An additional personal achievement was reading 12 books over the year – four histories, three science, three theology, and two novels.

There are also a number of highlights from throughout the year: Continue reading “2013 – The Year of Adventure”

Goals for 2013

This year I have decided to make all my goals actually tangible and measurable.

They are, in no particular order:

  • Complete my PhD
  • Get a real job
  • Learn German
  • Summit Mt Kosciusko
  • Publish a paper and a journal article
  • Go on a holiday for at least a week without internet access

2012 in review: the year ends, the world doesn’t

Rugby League
Rugby League

At the start of this year, as always, I set myself a set of goals, some of them in review:

  • Learn German
    • This went really well until about March and then I got busy.
  • Summit Mt Kosciusko
    • This was all but forgot about, so will be a goal for 2013
  • Publish two papers
    • Achieved!
    • I presented work at AAAI-12 in Toronto, Canada, and at AI-12 in Sydney.
  • Keep PhD on track for completion in early 2013
    • Probably going to be mid 2013, but I am on track.
  • Spend more time on non-computer aided activities
    Easter Show
    Easter Show
    • Achieved!
    • I have spent more time in the evenings reading real books, and going out with mates on the weekends.

During the past year I haven’t done any hiking, and there have been fewer adventures. Having said that I have still done a fair amount of fun things around Sydney during the year:

January – went to Garie Beach, Symphony in the Domain, and Australia Day Celebrations.

February – went to the T20 Cricket, and spent a few weeks at home in Auckland.

V8 Supercars
V8 Supercars

March – spent a weekend on the Central Coast with church friends.

April – spent Good Friday at the rugby league, and did the annual afternoon at the Easter Show.

May – went to Vivid Sydney.

June – watched an orchestra perform at the Sydney Opera House, and went away for a weekend with mates to the Central Coast – again.

July – spent a day at the Biennale of Sydney, went to the winter festival at Bondi, and started my North American adventures – in Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Coldplay
Coldplay

August – continued the North American adventure in New York, Baltimore and Washington, and Montreal.

September – went the the V8 Supercars at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek.

October – went to Sculpture by the Seatwice.

November – saw Coldplay perform at the Sydney Football Stadium.

December – watched the start of the Sydney to Hobart, and went to Warragamba Dam.

I will post my goals for 2013 on January 1.

Goals for 2012

In no particular order:

  • Learn German
  • Summit Mt Kosciusko
  • Be more financially stable
  • Be more generous
  • Keep my house cleaner
  • Publish two papers
  • Keep PhD on track for completion in early 2013
  • Spend more time on non-computer aided activities

Gaming in the new year

Okay, last night most people were probably out welcoming in the new year.

Because I was working yesterday and today (don’t you just love retail) I decided to take an easy night and not worry about new years.

The plan was simple. Go to bed early (say 10ish) and if I woke early enough get up and check out the sunrise.

Well that didn’t exactly happen. Instead at around 7.30ish I started playing Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts. And boy oh boy is it addictive.

My 10pm bedtime turned into 12.45pmish at the earliest. Yup I gamed right through new years didn’t hear the neighbours, fireworks or anything.

But I don’t care. I did what I was enjoying and it was relaxing. And that is what I plan to do this year.

You see this year I’m not really creating new years resolutions or goals or anything.

I have one goal, one resolution, one purpose this year, one and only one.

That is achieving First Class Honours.

Now this is a massive goal. But this is my whole focus for the year.

So how do I achieve this goal?

Well everything in my life pretty much needs to help me achieve this. Anything that doesn’t should probably be cut out.

What I have thought about so far is this:

  • Putting myself first. 2008 was about putting others first, serving the community through ASA etc, this year it is about me being selfish. Me being me. Me doing the best for me, because this year will determine how much further my academic carreer goes. You see first class honours leads to PhD anything less and im looking for a job.
  • Being healthy. This isn’t just in the physical. This is across the board including mental, financial and spiritual. I need to be of sound mind and mentality. I need to remain focused and positive. I need to remain in constant and consistent employment that will give me the dosh I need to survive on but not overwork me or over stress me. And spiritual like mental needs to be balanced and positive.
  • Planning. I am reasonably good with planning. But one thing I was thinking about before was sometimes I over plan and under deliver. I need to reach the balance where instead of planning I start doing but at the same time not rush into things. I think if I plan to plan then I have already gone to far with preparation and not enough action.

More to come…