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Goals for 2010

Updated 2010/1/6 – added Android Development

    In the past few days I’ve been catching up on various blogs and ran across a few listing goals for 2010 (notably Matt Nowack and Jeremiah Peschka.)  As in years past I’ve made goals for myself, but this year I’d like to formalize them and revisit this at the conclusion of this year to see how well my grit and determination stood up.  Similar to Jeremiah I have a PDP (personal development plan) that contains work related goals I work towards and update throughout the year.  Here’s an expansion of my current list of goals broken up by relevant areas.

Professional

  • Blog – I can’t believe it’s been just over 6 months since I started blogging.  When I started I tried to set a few ground rules for myself.  I wanted to keep my posts mostly tech-related focusing on “how-to” or “here’s where I messed up and you can learn from my mistakes” types of articles.  I also wanted to write at least 2 posts a month, closer to 4 or more if my schedule allowed.  All of these goals I still want to keep, perhaps expanding article topics to also include “hey check out this cool new feature I’m researching at the moment.”
  • Speaking – Last year I was graced with the opportunity to speak at a number of events both at my company and in the community (notably COSPUG and SharePoint Saturday Cleveland.)  I hope to have the opportunity to speak at more events this year, but that won’t be a huge focus for me.  I feel like my efforts can be better utilized with the next item and spending more time on research and learning new technologies.
  • Volunteering – Ever since a very young age I have always been a big proponent of volunteering time to the community at large.  In the past few months I volunteered to help out with the COSPUG steering committee and the Stir Trek Conference volunteer board for 2010 (and beyond if possible.)  I greatly look forward to helping out with these in an official role as well as other events such as Columbus Give Camp, all of which have been very worthwhile endeavors in my experience.
  • Android Development – About 2 months ago I made the leap from my old served-my-limited-needs phone to the new hotness Droid.  (You can tell my old phone is old because it’s on the “discontinued” page from LG :) )  In addition to getting all the nice features of GPS, web access, and Google Marketplace apps, the Droid also runs Android 2.0 which offers open development.  I’d like to test the water of mobile development by creating a very simple app or two, perhaps something related to some of the groups I’m working with (thinking Stir Trek schedule app at the moment.)  This would also give me a chance to brush up on my Java as I spent half of my college classes in it, got my current job at Sogeti in large part due to my Java knowledge, and later got certified in Java development.

Personal

  • Getting in Shape – In general I’d say I’m a fairly healthy guy, but when I recently started playing indoor soccer with some coworkers in a league I noticed how badly I got out of breath after just a few minutes of running on the field.  I’m going to continue playing on multiple softball and volleyball leagues throughout the year, but also work in some cardio and light running to get my wind back.
  • Volunteering – Yes, I can hear you through your monitor saying “Brian you already listed this one.”  This is a different form of volunteering.  For the past 2 years I’ve been helping out at my local parish’s high school youth group with weekly meetings and chaperoning special events.  In addition to continuing that I would like to get back to working with Habitat for Humanity.  Throughout my 5 years in college (I had a co-op, wasn’t because I was slow or anything) I worked with our college chapter of Habitat building houses and leading the group in some fashion.  I’d like to help with house builds or events at least every other month this year.
  • House/Condo – I’ve been living in an apartment close to 2 years now.  I really love my place and all the benefits it offers (free hot chocolate/coffee machine, pool, rentable movie theater, and others) but I’d also like a little more space and an area where I can have a work bench.  Back to the Habitat mention above, I love working with my hands on carpentry projects and the like, but haven’t really been able to since moving into my apartment due to the space limitations.  I’ll be looking around in the summer when my lease comes up.  If you know any great places in the northern Columbus area let me know.

 

    So that wraps up my current goals.  I’ll be checking back in with these periodically throughout the year to measure how I’m stacking up.  If any of the following people are reading this, consider yourselves tagged because I’d love to see you post your goals for 2010: Kelly Jones, Dan Luciano, Don Zielke, Jennifer Mason, and Sean McDonough.  Here’s to the start of a great 2010 :)

 

     -Frog Out


Tuesday, January 5, 2010 10:52 PM

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# re: Goals for 2010

Really good goals. Best wishes to achieve them. 1/5/2010 11:25 PM | Rajendra

# re: Goals for 2010

Thanks Rajendra, I'm optomistic on following through with these goals. Good luck to any goals you have for this year as well. 1/6/2010 12:23 AM | Brian Jackett

# re: Goals for 2010

Looks like you've got a fine set of objectives, Brian. They look well-balanced, and they're not so "over-the-top" that they're outside the realm of reality.

Since you're the second guy (in as many days) to bring up the topic of goals, I guess I should really put some time into formulating a few -- especially since I've been "tagged." I had 'em last year; now I just need to find a few that are actionable, feel right, and are attainable.

Thanks for the kick in the butt ... I think :-) 1/6/2010 10:07 AM | Sean McDonough

# re: Goals for 2010

Sean,

"As iron sharpens iron..." definitely applies in the realm of goals. I got inspired by the blog posts I was reading, only fair to spread the motivation to others now.
I agree that goals should be 1) measurable 2) practical 3) attainable and 4) fun/rewarding. I think the last piece of fun/rewarding is usually overlooked or done for the wrong reasons. Take my goal of getting back in shape. It's not so that I can say "I lost X pounds this year." It's so that I can do more sports leagues with friends and __enjoy__ the time we're spending together instead of huffing and puffing my lungs out the whole game. That additional enjoyment is the reward I'm going after (although losing a few pounds would be a nice side effect too.)
But yes, consider this a kick in the rear to put something down on paper and do something about it. 1/6/2010 10:50 AM | Brian Jackett

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