I don’t look back at the year before often. At least in a way that I hold myself accountable for the previous year. So I’m taking a look back at 2016 and thought I should write about it as well.
Year of learning
One of my first posts last year was about giving the year a Theme of Learning. I wanted to focus a lot of my effort towards learning more academically and having new skills. Some of what I wrote was how to track the success of giving myself a theme.
The question as I look back at 2016, and that first post, is was I successful?
Firstly I didn’t find a way of statistically tracking my success, that means I have to look back and try to measure the year with an unbiased eye. I was able to focus on learning but at the end of it all I only completed one full track of learning. Many of the online styled courses, and other self-paced training, I did was not carried out to a successful completion.
That’s not the level of success I wanted to see when looked back but it’s the only way to see it. I have an active mind that’s always looking at what the next thing is, or what I will follow up with rather than committing to completing the task in front of me. I see this issue even when I game. In World Of Warcraft I have maxed out character, but I have so many others that I start leveling because I enjoy the journey to max level.
But I also see this reflected in my reading. I love books. I miss having huge bookstores to spend the afternoon in browsing through shelves. That end with me buying books, either physical book or eBooks, I own many books. Also I have a subscription to Audible where I get a new audiobook every month.
My mind is constantly jumping to the next thing instead of finishing what’s right in front of me. It’s a wonder I get anything done.
To bring about my focus and give me a better environment for learning my wife and I figured that it would be best to get me out of the house.
Working from home and learning from home is great. There’s so much comfort and you never have to get out of your pyjamas. But that relaxed atmosphere was also not motivating me to follow through.
Near my wife’s business we’ve rented some office space that’s large enough for us both. I have moved my desk into here and created a nice space for me to work. The office is large enough for us both and she has her own space to work away from her clinic that will give her a place to work with less distractions.
By being here I have to put on real clothes and leave the house. Which works for me as it changes how my mind sees what I’m doing. I’ve now gone to work mentally and I’ve already started feeling more accomplished with the tasks I’ve been setting myself here.
Measurement of success
I may not have been completely successful in my goal last year, and taking a look back at 2016 has shown me where I faltered. But taking an honest look at where I held myself back I have been able to get oriented in a direction to create success.