New Years Resolutions 2010

I’ve set myself some goals for this year. And to force me to stick to them I’ve decided to publish them here for all to see.

1. Complete the Toastmasters International Competent Communicator Award

Having completed four speeches I still have six speeches to go. This means delivering a speech every two months.

2. Perform a five minute  stand up comedy set

This is blatantly stolen from Tom Elliott’s 2009 resolutions. It’s a good goal as it 1. stretches comfort zones 2. gives me an opportunity to speak outside of Toastmasters 3. Good blog fodder. I’ve already started on this resolution by signing up for a stand up comedy course.

3. Go on a proper holiday

Probably the easiest goal to achieve, but somehow failed to do it last year. I’ve got 30 days annual leave to use before September, so best get cracking on this one.

4. Make £100 outside of work

One of the biggest barriers entrepreneurship is getting started. Once you’ve figured out how to make a small amount of money, you can probably work out how to make more. In the current climate of recession and unemployment having a single source of income is an uncomfortable situation to be in. This resolution is about finding a way of diversifying my income. The £100 must come from somewhere other than my day job.

5. Start investing

Keeping all your savings in cash probably means it’s not performing as well as it could. I’m keen to start investing in some basic index funds, such as the FTSE all share fund. This resolution is about breaking through the inertia and getting something set up.

6. Read Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R Hofstadter

Last year I tried to read fifty-two books. I didn’t succeed. I managed thirty-eight. One of the side effects of trying to read a lot of books is that I avoided the thick ones. This year I’ve decided not to worry about book count, and read some larger books. GEB is an epic tome that I’ve been meaning to read for ages.

I may review these resolutions throughout the year. If I completely lose enthusiasm for something there’s no sense in carrying on.

Happy new year everyone!

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  1. Posted January 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Nice set of goals! If you made £100 through investing would you count that as 4 and 5 combined, or is it cheating?

    Glad to hear you’re giving stand up a try, looks like you’re getting some good tips from the course so far, all the best with it! I’ll be on the lookout for videos of your set.

  2. Andrew
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Hi Tom,

    The point of goal 4 is not to make a net £100 profit. I’d be willing to invest in a lot of equipment/training and take an over all loss. The point is to break through the psychological barrier of charging someone for a service. By doing this I will hopefully learn some interesting lessons and have potential of scaling up the service in future.

    So, no. I don’t think investment proceeds would count for goal 4. Besides, I think my ISA probably makes >£100 a year already. Goal 5 is about setting up a long term savings plan rather than making a quick gain here and there.

    Thanks for reading.

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