The Journal of Failure – Week 1 – 1 January 2016 – 7 January 2016



  • Goal – 120p / day, or 840 / week
  • Achieved – 100/840 – Failure

Writing – I Remember

  • Goal – 14 / week
  • Achieved – 14/14 – Success!

Writing – Fragments

  • Goal – 5 / week
  • Achieved – 0/5 – Failure

Writing – Large Projects

  • Goal – 3,500 words / week, or 5hrs 15minutes
  • Achieved – 1,070/3,050 – Failure

Website Posting

  • 5 days of posting (anything)
  • Achieved – 5 days/5 days – Success!


I was surprised at the level of success, above.  I had expected close to nothing, but I did reasonably well.  I was particularly pleased with starting up the website again, and writing over a thousand words on the various large projects I am attending to.

Ordinarily, I suppose, such a week (and the first week of the year!) would be considered poor, but I am currently holidaying in Mexico, and I had honestly expected close to nothing being achieved – though I did think there would be more reading.  However, in this case, I had a touch more down time than I expected, which allowed for writing and posting, and I unfortunately picked the wrong books for travelling.

Next week should be roughly the same, though this time I will be stationed at a hotel designed around relaxation and zero responsibility.  Which should mean I either drink away the week, or achieve some goals.  Either way, a report will come.

Each week I aim to provide an update on the Journal of Failure.  These reports are intended to provide an impetus for me to achieve as much as I should/more than I do, and also to provide a further ongoing record of my life, as it is. 


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