2013 Mid Year Reflections

At the end of 2012 I wrote my customary post that looked back on the last year as well as looking forward to 2013. At the end of that post I wrote down some things I’d like to make some improvements to. I thought that the middle of the year was a good point to take a quick look at how I’m doing with those things and maybe give me a kick in some areas.


I’d noted how 2012 had been a bit of a disaster for me reading wise and I set a mini target of one book per month to get back into the habit as I do love reading so much.

I’m happy to say I’ve smashed that target so far. I’ve read 18 “things” on my Kindle since the turn of the year. I’m using “things” because a definition of a book is something that’s changed since I started using a Kindle. The length of a book is now something I don’t take into account when choosing what to read.

I’m very happy with how I’ve hit this mini-target and I’m loving some of the books I’ve read this year.


My grand total for 2012 was 19 posts. My initial target was at least one blog post a week and I started off pretty well. It’s July and this will be post number 23 for the year. Better than last year already. However, this is actually my first post in about a month. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to talk about, this post was supposed to have happened a month ago, but as the middle of the year has approached I’ve hit the dreaded “burn out” I’ve talked about in depth over the past two years. (Please go and read those posts if you haven’t. I’m pretty pleased with how they worked out for me)

Fortunately for me this year, because of how much I’ve written and thought about this I know when I’m getting to the stage where I need a proper break and I’m not stressing about it in the way I may have done in the past. I’m fully confident my upcoming holiday will get me back on track with that “one a week” target.

IT Community

Of the three areas I talked about at the start of the year this is the one I still think I could be doing more with. I’m going to write about this in another post though as it probably needs it. The second half of the year will get my focus for this!

Two out of three isn’t bad right?

I’m glad I looked at this at the start of the year and made steps to do something to make changes to some things I wasn’t happy about. Re-visiting this has given me some perspective that some change has actually happened but I still I’ve still got some time for a little “course correction”. Smile

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Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. Formerly, coordinator of AMITPRO and Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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