Over the years, I’ve decided that setting for goals is a better notion that resolutions. A resolution is something that, once you’ve broke it there seems little point in keeping it from then on. They are so all-or-nothing. A goal is something to keep striving for. Even if you don’t reach it, at least you’ve made some progress. So, with that in mind, here are some goals I’m setting forth for Two Thousand Nine (in no particular order):
Write More — I couldn’t write much less than I did last year. I barely managed to get out a post here per month, which is awful. As for Ainsley’s blog, it fared far worse; and that’s what most folks really want to read about! We’ll be doing a similar journal of growing up for Coleman-Dyer No.4 (aka “Baby Boy”), so I’ve got to keep focus and get a good work flow going to keep everyone updated.
My work blogging life has been off to a pretty good start (evidenced here and here), but I need to do more there as well. It’s something that my company really seems to value me doing and I enjoy it. Obviously, it’s a balance between getting my other work responsibilities taken care of. However, I’m really pushing in a direction to merge those together as I think it is a great form of communication and providing information for users.
Take More Photographs and Video — Last year was really a low point as far as this goes, which is disappointing as we failed to capture a lot of Ainsley’s growing in ways I had really hoped to (that being said, there is volumes more video and photos of her than either Angela or I at that age — just as a byproduct of who we are and the times we live in). A lot of this is just forming good habits of having documentation tools on hand and remembering to use them. Having some good, simple tools really helps. So, I just ordered a Kodak Zi6 HD pocket video camera. By all accounts, it’s dead simple to use and produced nice, HD video. Plus, it’s quite small which can’t be discounted in making such devices handy to use.
Learn an Object Oriented Programming Language — I’ve started learning C#, as I think that will help me better communicate with some of my developer colleagues. It’s also a modern derivative of C, so it should (hopefully) help me get closer to learning C++, php, and Objective C — all languages I also would like to know. Johnson keeps urging me to dabble in Ruby, and that may or may not happen. But at least I’ll understand a little more about OO programming.
Mind you, I have no illusions of becoming a programmer full time. I may barely use this at work at all. But, if I can
Learn to use Regular Expressions — Powerful time saving tools which help me get parts of my job (and personal life) done faster. That’s a no-brainer.
Take Ainsley Swimming — There’s a pool just a half block from our house that will be open in late Spring, so my excuses will be hard to come by. She might not do much more than splash around. However, if I can get her to just maybe float and kick a little, I’ll be most pleased.
Finally Get Something Out of Twitter — Call this giving into peer pressure or just getting used to the smell of the Kool-Aid; but I have decided to give Twitter a real chance. I’m not going to treat it as some fringe gadget but a core part of my day and how I communicate with the world. We’ll see how this goes. And, yes; I’m way behind the curve here. I’ll try and keep the dumb posts to a minimum, but actually add some value there to the fast moving cloud.
Run One Short Road Race Per Month — I know; the trite New Year’s resolution: exercise more. Well, this one is a very reasonable one for me and something I used to do with ease (though before having a kid). But even if I have to run at lunch or in the evening, I think I can fit in enough to pull one 5k or 10k out of me a month. I’ll even try and drag Angela and the kids out with me come the summertime.
I think the commonality here is that these all are just using my time better to get more out of my interactions with those around me and those who I want to keep in touch with. Consider it lessons learned from 2008, I suppose. It was a tough year and one that drained me of the will to reach out to others. We’re in a much better place in life now and I have a lot less baggage causing mental fatigue.
So, wish me luck and if you post some resolutions or goals of your own, let me know.
Happy New Year.