We’ve reached day 366 of 2012 and this is the last of my daily posts. It’s been one good year and I can’t believe how quickly it has gone. From not knowing where this year would take me I now know.
It’s 52 weeks later and this is my last weekly summary. These summaries were intended to be the round up of a busy week where lots of things had happened, and at times they were. But at times there was less to say.
At the start of this year when I was writing these posts I questioned the time commitment I had signed myself up for. At that point I didn’t know of the increase in teaching and speaking commitments, or that the year would involve less actual progress on byflock and our products.
Contrary to what you might think from this blog I don’t like to talk very much about what I’m doing, unless I’m actually doing something. Normally I keep my plans fairly quiet until enough is in place and happening. Talking is easy. Doing, that is the bit that matters.
At the end of yesterday’s post I linked to the page on my site that talks about what these 2012 Day by day posts are about. It stings a little in my heart doing so because I haven’t achieved what I set out to do. Things have turned out differently from what I thought.
This year of day to day posts are coming to an end and as some of you may have noticed I haven’t been as timely at posting on the actual day. Partly due to a feeling of having less things to say but also that the daily commitment at times is hard to stick to.
This morning my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feed was filled with pictures of “traces” from Santa paying a visit and with Christmas greetings. But for me Christmas is pretty much over.
Today it’s Christmas in Sweden. I started the day with a run out on the fields outside of my mum’ house, passing strangers and melting puddles of snow on the way. Though most of the snow has melted it still feels like Christmas and it’s good to be home with my family.
Today is what we call ‘Lillejul afton’ in Sweden. It’a little like Christmas Eve is for those countries who celebrate on the 25th and a time when families gather to officially beging the Christmas celebrations.
Not everything in life is something we want to deal with, but most things have to be dealt with in one form or another or they’ll come back or play on our minds.
Today I left for Sweden to spend some time with family and friends and finalising things for the year. I’m looking forward to some proper time with loved ones and some work to setup up byflock and the freelance side of things to a good start in 2013.
Quite a few months ago we put together a presentation about byflock, our products, the setup, short and long term vision. As part of working on our company strategy I’ve revisited that presentation but I haven’t changed very much in it.
As I’ve now gone from co-founder to founder and taken some time off to really progress things, the thought of what I actually want to create is ever more important and constantly at the back of my mind.
Over the year I’ve written a fair bit about trusting your gut feeling and over the last few days, through work and non-work related situations, I’ve been reminded of listening to that inner feeling, and how important it is to stay true to what you believe in.
Today was my first day off from freelancing. The time up to Christmas is busy enough trying to sort out the inevitable logistics that relate to the time of year that’s supposedly all Merry and bright. And then there is all the other actual work related bits and bobs.
This is the week summary I had expected to write a long time ago. It’s taken its time but I’m now off to focus on byflock. For real this time. No more “a little something came up”. No more prioritising something else. I’m off and here we go.
When I woke up this morning I wasn’t sure if it was the weekend or not. Something felt different. Was I late for something? Did something happen last night? Then I realised that what was different is the fact that as of right now I’ve got no freelance commitments.
That is it for this year. Today was my last day of freelancing and I have deliberately nothing booked in for January. I’m giving myself some proper time off to focus on getting organised for next year and most importantly, to finally give byflock my full attention.
The title of this post could just as well have ended “…where effort adds value”. It’s cliche but essential and exactly what the focus is at the moment. There are quite a few things to get under ways with and we’re doing our best to make the most of it.
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