2022 Year End Review

2022 Year End Review

My 2022 review almost didn’t happen; I received reviews from every single company I did business with during the year, and I could care less.

But when I was working as a Project Manager, it always annoyed me when the press of new plans meant skipping the project reviews. Besides, I wrote a book about it.

West Melbourne rubbish tip c1935. F. Oswald Barnett Collection, State Library of Victoria. Apparently these discarded bits of rubbish were used by unemployed men to build houses (nicknamed the Dudley Mansions) during the Depression.

2022 Review

The plan for 2022, was to do quarterly plans, carrying out the following goals through the year:

  1. Stay married, in particular to DB.
  2. Lose weight.
  3. Get Stephen King famous.

1. Stay Married

Like 2021, my plan involved these keystone activities:

  • Cooking his favourite meals.
  • Doing the chores that annoy him the most when they don’t get done.
  • Never moving anything he put down.

I haven’t exactly been diligent in recording how I got on each day. Partly because it’s not on my radar at 11 o’clock when I go to bed, and partly because we’re both the kind of people who ignore stuff until we reach critical mass and explode.

However, despite that, the marriage survived another year and he seems willing to renew me for a bit longer. And I him.

2. Lose Weight

I started out with a generic plan to get to 59.9 kg with these activities

  • Eat smaller portions.
  • Don’t eat snacks.
  • Don’t eat after 7 pm.

And a bit later, with a supervised eating plan to get to 52 kg (!) with these activities,

  • Maintain the daily nutritional balance.
  • Take 150-300 minutes of moderate activity per week.
  • Don’t eat after 7pm.

I didn’t get to either goal weight, but I did get to 62.7 kg, losing more weight in Q4 than the rest of the year. And my blood markers for cholestoral and diabetes are better.

Total win.

    However, they could (and should) be lower, so I’m continuing with the programme and I’ll be seeing a renal dietition to get specific advice on this issue over 2023. I fear it may result in a reduction of cheese.

    3. Stephen King Famous

    I started with these activities:

    • Write every day.
    • Submit 5 stories to high-quality magazines, competitions, awards and anthologies every week.
    • Self-publish 3 books (of existing stories).

    And pretty much didn’t do any of them

    As it turns out, I’m more of a binge writer – I write enough to get the story finished, and then I just don’t.

    I took advantage of the change to summer time to start getting up ridiculously early to write, and it worked well until I got sick (damn you immune suppression) and got out of the routine. I love having written by the time I get out of bed, rather than writing later in the day, so it is definitely something I want to get back to.

    Big fail in the submissions. Started well, ran out of magazines, then ran out of stories (taking the 12 novellas in 12 months challenge). Submissions also take a fair bit of time, so I need to consider that going forward.

    As for the self publishing…

    So overall, it went well, though I won’t be changing the blog photo which is my gut reaction to how the year went. I must start journalling again.

    And as you’d expect, there are a few changes I’ll be taking into 2023.

    How was your 2022 review?

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