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Goals for 2011

Last week I wrote about my goals for last year and some frustration at having to make some trade offs during the year, and as I write this I find that I’m struggling to define my goals. Some of that is goal backlash, but I think more it’s a lot of ideas in my head and a sense of not quite knowing which path to take.

Some things I know so far:

  • I want to stop working at all on weekends other than a few SQLSaturday’s. It’s wearing me down, and family needs more time.
  • I need some time playing on a team again. Four years working solo has me craving, at least for now, going after shared goals.
  • I’ve been gradually moving to reduce my time teaching, and that feels right. I like sharing and the excitement of opening doors for students, but it’s not enough. I need interesting problems to solve.
  • I need to decide in the next few months if I’ll run for one of the VP positions at PASS this fall. Tough call.
  • I need to change how and how much time I invest in PASS. That’s not a sign of a lessening in commitment, just a realization that it’s time to move past heroics and make the next stage work.
  • I’d like to put some time back into my schedule for mentoring and coaching new speakers and bloggers.
  • I want to spend more time in the Florida technical community, in part to strengthen my network and in part to reduce my travel time while still participating.
  • I’d like to get better at writing, but that’s a vague goal that needs some work.

That’s a start, and next week I’ll write more. I think my theme for this year is setting goals for things I want to do rather than things I should do. Not sure if that’s selfish, realistic, or maybe both, but feels like the right path for right now.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by John Sterrett on 7 January 2011


If you are looking for someone to mentor with blogging and speaking sign me up. I can diefiently use the help.


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