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Year of Projects


Spend a year of my life focusing on my business and creative projects

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Year of Projects


Spend a year of my life focusing on my business and creative projects

 
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Hi, I'm Tommy Oswin Williams, 29, and I live in London, UK. Starting on my birthday (19th February), I have embarked on a Year of Projects.

Over the last decade and a half, whenever I've come up with any idea, no matter how strange or obscene, I've always noted it down. Some of them are potentially great business ideas, some are downright weird, some are more creative projects, some more charitable, some will never make money, some hopefully will.

The problem is, in the busy world of structured education and work that I've been living in, I always 100% focus on the task at hand, giving little or no time to these projects. I recently ran a little thought experiment:

"In 5 years time, if I haven't done X, how does that make me feel?"

Insert your own X. For me, thinking "In 5 years time, if I haven't ever tried any of my business and creative ideas" seems like a missed possibility, never knowing what could have been. And so, this year is the trial year, Version 1.0, a Year of Projects. All being well, this continues on to become my career - a diversified source of income through a Life of Projects.

 

Year of Projects, minimum Requirements

And so, below are the minimum requirements I have set myself for the year with more info on each if you scroll down ↓ .

  • At least 1 business idea being developed at all times

  • At least 1 creative project being worked on at all times

  • Develop my adventure skill set & experience

  • Continue 1 second every day project

  • Devote 30 mins per day to languages (including programming)

  • Daily meditation

  • Climb (or other exercise) 3 times per week

I'll update this website with overall progress, any major updates will go on my Medium blog and you can sign-up to very occasional bitesize updates below. Feel free to get in touch through Facebook or Email.

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Business Ideas


Validate my business ideas in a structured and transparent way

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Business Ideas


Validate my business ideas in a structured and transparent way

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Since the age of 14, I've been noting down any and every business idea I've had. This year I plan to work through them in a very structured and transparent way. Hopefully at least a few will generate enough income to fund the year going forward.

 
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Creative Projects


Bring a number of my creative ideas into reality

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Creative Projects


Bring a number of my creative ideas into reality

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Over the past few years, I've enjoyed working on a few small scale creative projects outside of work and studies. These have included creating a timelapse video of me building the Lego Taj Mahal, surprising my entire family by 'posting' myself home for Christmas, filming 1 second of video every day for the past 3 years (see more below) and reading the occasional children's book. This year I plan to work on some bigger film projects, some life data tracking and visualisation and more.

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Adventure


Further my outdoor experience and pioneer a new style of adventuring

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Adventure


Further my outdoor experience and pioneer a new style of adventuring

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Since 2013, I've climbed (or attempted) three of the 7 Summits (the highest mountain on each continent), cycled the length of Great Britain from Land's End to John O'Groats, cycled 3,600km across the width of Southern China and performed a number of other smaller adventures. I plan to continue to place a heavy focus on the outdoors, develop my skill set and launch a new type of adventuring this year.

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Language


Continue to develop my Chinese and Spanish

Language


Continue to develop my Chinese and Spanish

 

After studying Chinese at university (2013 - '16) and living in Beijing for a year, I want to keep my language skills up to scratch. I also started learning Spanish in 2015 and want to become spoken proficient this year.

 
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Sport & Exercise


Set goals to improve my climbing, develop my diving and start kayaking.

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Sport & Exercise


Set goals to improve my climbing, develop my diving and start kayaking.

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Having taken up climbing in late-2015, I've become completely addicted. To ensure I continue to improve, this year I'm setting myself some specific goals. I'm also going to pick up SCUBA diving again and try my hand at kayaking.

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Where is Tommy?


For over a year I've GPS tracked my every move on whereistommy.co.uk

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Where is Tommy?


For over a year I've GPS tracked my every move on whereistommy.co.uk

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I haven't quite decided what to do with all the data yet, but it's quite beautiful in its own way. I'm looking into creating a video replay visualisation of all the movements, or perhaps choosing certain tracks at certain times and using them to tell the underlying story.

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1 Second Every Day


1 Second Every Day


 

Since New Year's Day 2014, I have filmed a second every day of my life, and still do. It's had some interesting benefits - making sure you do one thing each day that you're proud of, going to see something that amazes you, or just saying yes more. I plan to continue for at least a decade and then have a bit of a get-together with everyone who's ever been in a second. See you in a second soon!

 

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I'll update this website with overall progress, any major updates will go on my Medium blog and you can sign-up to very occasional bitesize updates below. Feel free to get in touch through Facebook or Email.