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So it’s a new year, and while part of me wants to be glib about celebrating the little planet that could successfully obeying physics for another 365, I think as part of my attempt to get my life in order I’ll use it as a jumping off point.
James has been talking about doing the game a month challenge again. I’ve considered doing stuff like that before, but not really found the motivation. Well, I think I’ll at least give it a shot this year, so look forward to some little projects from me over the year, even if I don’t finish in the month I’ll post some WIP content and general thoughts about the project, which should help keep me motivated in busier months where I’m not sure if I’ll get it finished.
Next up is getting some long-term goals set up. Until recently I was under the impression I had a pretty sweet interest rate on my bank account, but as I’m apparently quite wrong about that I’m going to take advantage of the lowered pressure to keep the account as high as possible to try sort out some of my long term goals, like learning to drive. To be honest I’ve never seen the intrinsic appeal – I don’t hold any romance for the car and years as a pedestrian has made my distrust of other people on roads feel quite justified, so joining them isn’t something I’m a fan of, but practicality wins out and I could really use the ability to get to and from work without relying on the bus service – at the moment if I have a late shift I end up waiting in a bus station for over an hour for a half-hour bus, and changing that to a typically under 30 minute drive would be pretty fantastic. Plus, then I can see my girlfriend a lot easier, since leaving from her house would be just as easy as leaving from my own. Plus as far as getting to any future jobs goes, having a car would be quite fantastic.
Of course, I still will be making savings. My account may not be quite as good as hoped but it’s still one of the best available, and just generally saving money is inherently rewarding, so I’m going to aim to save at least £3000 by the end of this year, assuming I keep going with this job.
So yeah, a few long term goals, some easier to achieve than others, but hopefully none of them mutually exclusive.
Now to find time to work on them!
(This post was made before Christmas but is going up today due to the site going down)
I’ve been finding it hard to keep up with my social media – and people in general – since starting my job at Capita. I’ve been there since September – still technically on probation due to a systems issue meaning they couldn’t get our performance stats in time to evaluate us at the usual probation end time – and I think if I’m to avoid burning myself out I’m going to have to try and get my non-work life back in order, starting with this blog post, which will hopefully be the first of many.
I’ve missed talking to my friends, both near and far, and while having my PC upgraded recently has certainly helped with that (I have a boot time of under fifteen seconds now! Hurrah!) spending my entire day dealing with people for a living is leaving me quite socially exhausted and in want of alone time when I finally finish, to say nothing of having a series of 12-8pm work days followed by a 9-5 or 8-5 day on my sleeping pattern and ability to actually find leisure time.
My other projects have taken a beating too, with my android dice game project being left to gather dust for months now, and even my random miniprojects being left behind as I struggle to find time and motivation for them.
Despite this though, I am finding my job rewarding, primarily because it is so outside my usual area of comfort that I find flexing this different set of skills to be quite personally rewarding. I don’t know if I’d stick in this role for terribly long given an alternative, but for now at least it’s enough of a different experience that I’m enjoying it, despite the pain in the ass working hours.
To be honest it’d be an actual Good Job if the bus commute wasn’t such a pain.
So, yeah. Expect a few more of these in the future, I don’t know if it’ll be daily or what, but we’ll see.
To be honest I’m doing this post entirely because I’m still far too pleased with this design I did for a Digital Gate Project site.
The project progresses slowly and doing a site is probably premature, but I had a lot of fun doing it.
More of this at Chronicles of the Unorganised.