Disclaimer: This post was written mostly for me – if you’re not me, you may wish to skip to the end or to skip it entirely!
2020: Goals in Review
Looking back, who knew what 2020 was going to be like?
I’ve heard several people say that it was a year in which mere survival (for you, for your organisation) was a result to be celebrated, and there may be something to that – but it’s important to aim for more, even if we fall mostly short.
I confess to not having looked at these goals for months, but here we go:
Goal 1: Writing Goals
Overall Vision (this one will sound a bit vague):
A) To keep building Driverless Crocodile as a tool for my own learning and to help others.
Medium – Long Term Specific Goals / Vision:
B) Complete the DriverlessBookadile
C) Use this as the basis for reorganising / redesigning the site
D) Podcast it for fun
E) Workshop it somewhere if anyone’s interested
Goal for this 12 Week Year (wb 6th January to wb 23rd March):12 Week Year: DriverlessCrocoGoals
F) Complete a first draft of the DriverlessBookadile, in rough-cut, blog-post form.
Goal A: Success. DC is still going well, is more visited than ever and continues to grow despite ups and downs in my motivation and focus. 365 days, 365-plus posts (of variable quality, some good). Job done.
Goal B, C, D, E and F: Abject failure. I made a few forays, polished some old drafts and made a few plans, but none of this (apart from one additional podcast episode) feels much closer than it did at the start of 2020.
Metagoal: The Twelve Week Year: This really didn’t work for me. I’m reluctant to criticise the system because I don’t think I gave it a fair go. This – and my current to do list system – needs some thought as we start 2021.
- 2020 was the year of my first marathon, a long-running goal of mine.
Reading list in review:
I’m not promising to finish in 2020, but I’d like to. Needs more fiction.
Getting things done (4)
- 12 Week Year – Brian P. Moran, Michael Lennington* (read 2020/01/09)
- Read – decent premise, much repetition.
- Atomic Habits – James Clear*
- I feel like I read this – habits (or practices) have become a key part of my thinking about how to get things done.
- Make Time – Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky (added 2020/01/05)
- Start Finishing – Charlie Gilkey (added 2020/01/05)
- Didn’t start (!)
People stuff and organisational culture (5)
- Switch – Chip and Dan Heath
- The Culture Code – Daniel Coyle
- You Are What You Do – Ben Horowitz
- The Infinite Game – Simon Sinek
- Drive – Dan Pink (remembered and added 2020/01/05)
Design and making things (4)
- The Design of Everyday Things – Don Norman*
- Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines – Apple Computer*
- Letting Go of the Words – Ginny Reddish*
- Something by Steve Krug*
Marketing and communication (4)
- This is Marketing – Seth Godin*
- Story Driven – Bernadette Jiwa*
- The Fortune Cookie Principle – Bernadette Jiwa*
- The Compelling Communicator – Tim Pollard*
Management and strategy (6)
- The Excellence Dividend – Tom Peters*
- Part read. Good for dipping in and out of.
- The Pursuit of Wow! – Tom Peters
- Bought. Skimmed. One of those hundreds-of-short-chapters books. Non-essential.
- The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michael E. Gerber*
- Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs – David B. Yoffie and Michael A. Cusumano*
- Crossing the Chasm – Geoff Moore
- The Long Tail – Chris Anderson
If uncommented – unread.
Ways of seeing the world and decision making (6)
- Factfulness – Hans Rosling
- Enlightenment Now – Steven Pinker
- Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
- Thinking in Bets – Annie Duke
- Map and Territory – Eliezer Yudowsky*
- Antifragile – Nassim Nicholas Taleb (added 2020/04/01)
- Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (added 2020/01/12)
- Listened to! Fun.
More general hinterland reading (5)
- A Brief History of Debt – David Graeber
- Generous Justice – Tim Keller
- Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
- The Gift – Lewis Hyde
- Indonesia Etc. – Elizabeth Pisani (added 2020/04/01)
- The Canon – Natalie Angier (added 2020/01/05)
- Made a valiant start. Fascinating science. Overwritten. Won’t finish.
- Fighting Talk: Forty Maxims on War, Peace and Strategy – Colin S. Gray (added 2019/01/09)
- Read bits of – some interesting bits. Heavy style and rather boring. Won’t finish.
- The Life You Can Save – Peter Singer (added 2020/02/16)
- Started in audio form. Worth continuing.
Fiction, history and other (6)
- Les Miserables – Victor Hugo*
- Read! Epic. Worth the effort.
- Interesting Times – Terry Pratchett
- Forgotten Wars – Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper
- I was about to mark this “read,” but I think I’m remembering its prequel. Will double check when I finally get back to my bookcase post-Covidlife.
- Can Love Last?: The Fate of Romance over Time – Stephen A. Mitchell (or a substitute)
- The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution – C.L.R. James
- Bandwidth – Eliot Peper
- Partially read. It was highly recommended but is – so far – not great.
Remaining books unread.
Books I did read:
(Including the above):
- The War of Art – Stephen Pressfield
- Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – Robert O’Brien
- The Explorer – Katherine Rundell
- Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting – Robert McKee (audiobook)
- Generous Justice – Timothy Keller
- Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within – Natalie Goldberg
- Dreyer’s English – Benjamin Dreyer
- Following Jesus – Henri Nouwen
- Small Giants – Beau Burlingham
- Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
- Dominion – Tom Holland (audiobook)
- Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman – Richard Feynman (audiobook)
- The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make us Human – Jonathan Gottschall (audiobook)
- The 12 Week Year – Brian P. Moran, Michael Lennington
- The Prosperity Paradox – Clayton Christense, Efosa Ojomo and Karen Dillon
- A Chinese Life
- Ethel & Ernest
- Explorers on the Moon
- Why You Should Read Children’s Books
… and many others dipped into or started in sample form.
- Some of this goal-setting stuff seems rather futile. Hard to tell if I would have achieved more or less without them!
- 40 books on the reading list was rather over optimistic (hence “2020 and beyond” in the original), but this set of 14 includes a couple of whoppers. The list for 2021 will feature… 20 books. Coming soon.