My Plans for 2012

In a similar fashion to last year I came up with twelve goals for myself for the year of 2012 — which may or may not be our last days on Earth.

As I complete certain goals I will try to update this post with a triumphant line straight through the goal in question, and a paragraph or so on my experience. What I learned, unlearned, or how I triumphed with just dumb luck.

And don’t slag me off for being a tired old mothball for structuring my life. This is fun & rewarding dammit!

  • Pass the Restricted Driver’s Licence Test.
    This goal carries on from last year (and loosely seven or so years). I gave up after the first try and for that I’m more ashamed than failing in the first place. Time to get behind the wheel, loosen up and just do it.
  • Go on a date.
    Whatever the type — Classic, Blind, Online, Speed… But I have to try, even if it is the scariest thing on this damn list.
  • Remove all clutter.
    I started this last year but my progress dropped off a bit. Well, completely. To embrace living with less stuff, especially when most of it is just clutter, I want to make digital copies of things I can’t bear to part with, and force myself to chuck or donate the rest.
  • Buy a car.
    Once I have the licence things will get a lot easier (and more expensive) with a car. I won’t have to bike in drenched clothes and a heavy backpack just to get to the other side of town. Plus, the freedom. Oh the freedom. Between the hours of 5 and 10 of course.
  • Write a novel.
    Encouraged by Stephen King’s book On Writing, I’m actually rather excited to spend my time creating a world over many, many, many pages. My first draft will likely take me a good few months, and I will learn first hand whether or not I have what it takes to write full-length fiction.
  • Write a film screenplay.
    Towards the end of 2011 I found myself falling into screenwriting. Like the novel, but of course not like the novel at all, it will push my skills to the very limits. And here’s to it being something other than your standard Hollywood fluff.
  • Publish a short stories collection.
    Hopefully with some more stories too by this stage, I will try my hand, and maybe even a foot, at digital publishing.
  • Flat with a friend.
    Thanks to last year’s goal I’ve moved out of home and I’m now flatting. But it’s a little lonely and I could do with a good friend or two to play Rock Band & Battleship.
  • Finish the Oxfam Trailwalk.
    I’ve wanted to do this for years, and seeing as I’m now out of school and have an athletic bunch of friends to boot; this year, it’s time.
  • Go clubbing.
    Me? Dancing? Fuhgeddaboudit! But a certain liquid must be consumed to at least entertain the possibility.
  • Meditate daily.
    I’ve toyed with self improvement, zen, minimalism and all sorts. But I just can’t find the time to sit in the quiet, to relax and be one with the world. I want to make this a part of my daily routine, just like my exercise and writing.
  • CHANCE.
    This space is reserved because sometimes you just can’t plan your accomplishments. They end up finding you. And uh, I couldn’t think of a twelfth thing…

8 thoughts on “My Plans for 2012

  1. Good on ya Mike for having some solid goals to aim for this year. Nice that you are so passionate about writing. The challenge is to make time for it after the 9 – 5 survival grind.

  2. Good on ya Mike for having some solid goals to aim for this year. Nice that you are so passionate about writing. The challenge is to make time for it after the 9 – 5 survival grind.

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