Last year I posted professional goals along with quite a few other bloggers and it helped to keep me somewhat focused on them (for at least the beginning of the year). I am going to do so again in the hopes that I do even better this year. My goals this year are a bit less aggressive than last year’s goals, but I think they’re still enough to challenge me and make me work at them.
New Posts on SSC Forums: This goal is only 25% of last years goal, but I’ve fallen completely out of the habit of posting on a regular basis, so I’m hoping that sometime soon I get into the habit again. If I do, I shouldn’t have any problem meeting this goal. (Currently at 1412)
Article for SSC: I’m not really sure what I’ll write this one on, but I enjoyed the time I spent on the last one and think this is a good goal to continue yearly.
Blog Posts Written: I really enjoy blogging and want to get back into it, so I’m setting a somewhat more moderate goal of 35 posts this year. I’m really hoping to exceed that, but don’t want to feel like it’s out of reach if I miss a few weeks.
Participate in T-SQL Tuesdays: T-SQL is my focus, so participating in these just makes sense and serves as a good inspiration for blog topics.
Host a Lunch and Learn at my Office: I haven’t talked to anyone about this yet, but I figure I still have 11 months to pull it off and there are a lot of people I work with who are interested in learning more about SQL Server, so I figure I’ll sneak one of these in there this year.
Read SQL Books: I want to claim that I’ve definitively *finished* 2 books this year. Last year I had 3 down as my goal and don’t claim any because I didn’t exhaustively read any of them. I skimmed a couple and read bits and pieces of others, but I think reading 2 full SQL books a year is within reach.
Attain MCTS + MCITP: Last year I let myself use the excuse that the closest testing center was almost 2 hours away, but this year I’m fairly sure I work about a block from one, so that excuse no longer holds water. I’d like to knock both of these out this year
Learn the basics of .Net: Really, my biggest holdup with this is just how confusing Visual Studio is if you’ve never used it. If you’re used to it that might seem ridiculous, but I get lost every time I try to mess with it. I’m sure this would be fixed if I ever really sat down to devote time to it though and I’d like to do that this year so I can take that excuse off the books.
Add Linked In Connections: I feel like LinkedIn is a decent tool for maintaining professional connections and I’d like to continue expanding my network. Last year I did very well on this goal and would like to keep up that positive growth. (Currently at 84)
Attend SQL Server User Group Meetings: SSUG meetings are a great way to learn about topics as well as meet your peers and keep a pulse on what’s going on in the community.
Attend a SQL Saturday: We had a local SQL Saturday in Raleigh last year, and as far as I know there’s no reason they wouldn’t hold another one this year. Ideally, I’d like to hit up 1 or 2 others, but a lot of this goal depends on where they end up being hosted and how busy I am on those particular weekends, so I want to keep this goal conservative.