Well, it’s that time of year again. Here are my goals for 2018, posted here for posterity and maybe for a little extra motivation and accountability.
Make it to the rock climbing gym one more time per week. I’ve been good about making it at least twice a week for the past year, so increasing it by one more should be doable. I’m planning on using the Done app to help track progress on this.
Continuing education is vital in a technology profession like mine and also just for my own personal self improvement. Last year, I bought five Udemy courses but didn’t follow through very well on getting them done. I’m shooting to complete the [Machine Learning course] I’m working on now and complete two more by year’s end. I have one on building games with Unity and another on Web Design for developers that I’d like to complete. These three courses are about 100 hours all together, so if I spend about 2 hours per week working on them I’ll have them done by year’s end. That should be totally doable. Once again, I’ll use Done to track the hours I spend on this and also block specific times on my calendar.
- Going along with the continuing education and self improvement theme, I would like to read at least 6 books this year. 3 fiction and 3 non-fiction. I’ll start by finishing the latest Neal Stephenson book I’m working on titled “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.. Others at the top of my reading list are:
- Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - Matthew Desmond
- WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us - Tim O’Reilly
- Hyperion - Dan Simmons
- Utopia for Realists: The Case for a Universal Basic Income, Open Borders, and a 15-hour Workweek - Rutger Bregman
- A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
- Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (I’ve read this before, but I love it and want a refresher before the movie is released this year)
To get this one done, I’m planning on making some changes to my morning routine and social media consumption habits. Instead of looking at my phone first thing in the morning and paging through emails, Facebook posts, and news, I’ll read a few pages from a book instead. I’ll do the same at lunch time where it’s usually been filled with looking at the phone while I eat.
Revive my morning meditation routine. 10 minutes each morning, after a cup of coffee. It’s a great way to start the day and I find it really does make focusing easier and makes me more productive. I’ve used the Head Space app before and will use that again.
- Write a minimum of a blog post per month. Once again, I’ll use the Done app to track this. But, I’m off to a good start!
Well, that’s it. Here’s to a great 2018!