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5/12/2012 - 12/12/2012: Check up

I think I'm going to change those "weekly tasks" to monthly ones, the past couple of weeks have been pretty crazy, unfortunately my uncle had a stroke and was hospitalised, he's recovering now but it was quite a shock, I've also took extra work hours to save up money, took a few extra voluntary shifts (at the community shop) to help out a bit and had to really buckle down to get the voluntary website work done by the 15th.

The goals still stand as they are but they will now be monthly instead of weekly.


Aim to be earning 12,000.

I currently do not earn 12,000 annually, any full time job would allow me to earn this, I COULD pick up extra hours in retail which is what I'm currently doing, however, it's kinda soul destroying, I just couldn't do it for 40 hours a week, I think I should look to move into something more suited to my personality and skills, maybe moving into data entry, I.T. support would be ideal, even though it's entry level it still ticks the boxes.

One of the problems I have is that I can't gauge how good I am at certain tasks which is part of why I've found writing CV's particularly difficult so I should put extra time into writing my CV.

I have temporarily achieved this, I've picked up as many hours as I could since it's near Christmas, I'm currently working 40 hours and will continue for the next two weeks until the hours are reduced.

I haven't yet made my final CV revisions, I'll try and get that done tonight.

There are a couple more jobs available that I would be perfect for so I'm going to make the final revisions to my CV and apply for them.


To pass my driving test.

I had a driving lesson today, it went pretty well, my test is booked this month so I'm hoping I'll pass, still, it's not something I should leave to chance. To increase the chance of passing I'll be going over some of the documentation I have on the subject and familiarise myself with the main manoeuvres, I should also check that my eyesight passes the requirements and read over what you're scored on.

Unfortunately my driving exam was cancelled due to the icy weather conditions, my instructor has gone into surgery and I'm having to switch since he won't be back to full heath for a few months, it's a shame, he's very good at his job but I plan on sending him a picture of me with my full driving license and a big cheesy smile on my face in compensation :P

The guy I've switched to seems pretty good, he talks ALOT but the way I see it is that it'll help me drive under stressful conditions, I had my first lesson with him today and he also said that I'm "exam ready" which is good to know, he's more personal than the previous instructor and he seems pretty good at his job so I have no problem continuing with him.


To escape my current living arrangements.

I need to look for places to live, average rental, utilities cost etc, also think about moving near where friends are, something I learned when moving to another country and not knowing anyone is that that initial loneliness can suck and that good friends can never be overrated. Hobbies are also something I should think about, I want to improve my health so maybe I should look for areas that have a number of dojos.

In short, I need a suitable exit strategy

Looks like 12,000 a year with be the bare minimum that I'll need to live anywhere, I'll probably end up living with a room mate which isn't so bad. I'm currently looking into living in either Cambridge or Colchester since it fits most of the requirements stated above, I'll go into more detail at some point but for now my focus is on completing the voluntary website work.


To gain employment in the I.T. sector.

I've recently been employed by a company run by a friend to update their website, the work is voluntary but this is a chance to learn while doing and a way to overcome my habit of over thinking things, I'm not completely useless, I still have web development knowledge and I have until the 15th of December to complete 3 of the main site sections, so far it's going well, the client is happy with the work that's they've seen so far and due to the requirements of the site I'm doing a bit of everything; HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP and SQL. I'm even dabbling in the arty side of things.

I should complete 2 more web/programming projects to gain suitable experience to head into paid work full on, part of the agreement for any voluntary work that I complete is that I can display it in my own portfolio site (still to be built), however, I will still take any paid work going.

I'm also going to read the documentation about becoming a freelance web developer since it may prove to be a viable option depending how things go. I have good interpersonal skills so that's always a plus, since web development strikes me as more of a service I should spend some times planning how to go about this and especially focus on the finance side of things since that's definitely my area of weakness, I think I will write a business plan

I completed the 3 main sections on the 15th which is great but I also received a message from "the graphics guy" stating that he'll be away till the 26th and email him if I need him, I shot him an email but I haven't heard anything further from him which is a pain since I thought he was going to help with the integration, oh well, I can still do it myself, the client is pleased with the work done which is a great big sigh of relief, I would've been finished far earlier but due to the extra hours I've been working and other circumstances I fell behind, still finished on time though.


To complete ONE personal project.

I haven't got a portfolio site, I think given the area of employment that I'm targeting it's something that I will need so that will be my personal project; to design and develop a portfolio website.

Totally failed on this, honestly, I forgot, due to the time constraints on other projects and responsibilities I had to prioritise but it just means I'll have to organise my time more and make sure there's progress happening.


To join a gym.

I'm going to find out where the nearest gyms are and what they charge, I should also look into developing a healthier diets.

This is a fail at the moment too but I currently can't afford a gym.


These are my current goals to complete for March 3rd 2013:

  • Aim to be earning 12,000.
  • To pass my driving test.
  • To escape my current living arrangements.
  • To gain employment in the I.T. sector.
  • To complete ONE personal project.
  • To join a gym.

(Please forgive the structure, I'm going by more of a learn by doing method so I favour action over inaction, usually I'll over think a task and try and perfect the thought and never accomplish what I need to do within an appropriate time)

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