Okay, I’ve just scrapped what I was writing because it was pretentious twaddle. Basically, the gist of it was that, rather than making resolutions, I make a list of the things I would like to achieve in the New Year. I expect most people are in the same boat. If the only thing I achieve in 2018 is to earn a bit of money to supplement my redundancy payoff, I’ll be happy. Other than that, I want to stay mentally and physically active and that’s about as much as you need to know.
I am in the lucky position of having time to contemplate my navel. It’s not helpful at this time of year because it’s a time that’s full of false hope. Why should this year be any different than the last? On reflection, that’s a stupid thing for me to say because 2018 is the first year in my working life when I won’t have a job to go to.
Until last Wednesday I had a nice little freelance job bringing in a small but regular wage. Unfortunately, the company I was working for has bitten the dust. It’s not a huge problem for me as I wasn’t expecting to get any work for the first few months of my new life, but for the poor guys who own the company it’s a huge blow. I admire them for taking the risk and thank them for giving me the letting me work with them. For me there’s an upside, as I now have more free time for my own projects, such as the scriptwriting that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.
As an aside, I keep track of all my projects (including this blog) using Freedcamp, an online project planning platform. It really is excellent, and there’s a free version that’s more than adequate for personal use. I find the task management and time keeping applications the most useful, but there are other features, including discussions, calendar and milestones, which I might use for planning my screenplay. Try it, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
So that’s it, my New Year’s message. The more I write these things, the more I realise that I don’t have much to say. One thing I’ve realised, and it’s taken ages for the penny to drop, is that most things happen gradually and only after a lot of planning and effort. Instant success, at anything, is rare, so what I’m really hoping to see over the coming year is a gradual progression resulting in a new version of me that is slightly different and slightly better than the old version of me that started the year.