The Journal of Failure – Week 2 – 8 January 2016 – 14 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 – 0/3,050 – Failure

Website Posting

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



I had expected that this week would be something of a failure (and this for a post devoted to failure), and that is largely because I am on holiday in Mexico at The Royal Playa del Carmen.  I spent the last few weeks wandering around New York City, Mexico City, and Oaxaca, and now I am relaxing.

So, I expected that very little writing would be achieved.  I wanted to, but this hotel is awash with alcohol, and early morning writing is basically impossible.  I am disappointed that I didn’t read more, as I thought I would, however I spent good chunks of quiet time listening to podcasts and tinkering about on my phone.

Never mind.  After that, I return home, which means the next week is likely to be rather choppy as well.  After that, my life should smooth into its normal routine, and I expect and hope that I will achieve many more of my goals.

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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