Blimey, doesn’t seem like a year since I wrote my last end of year review End of year review 2010 and goals for 2011
Things didn’t quite go to plan, mainly because of an unexpected career change this majorly shifted a number of my priorities which meant that some goals were re-prioritised, others were replaced and some simply dropped. With this in mind let’s see how I faired with my Goals for 2011:
Last year I made a commitment to the SQL community by starting my blog and attending a few events, this year I have built and consolidated on that platform and intend to take things on to the next stage next year.
- Write at least two articles for one of the major SQL community websites.
- Attend at least one SQL User Group per quarter on top of SQL Bits.
- Present some SQL Nuggets at a User Group session.
- Monitor and contribute more to #SQLHelp on Twitter.
- Contribute more to the various SQL forums.
Partial success here.
One very nice surprise was that I was awarded the Microsoft Community Contributor Award earlier this year so I must have done something right. It’s a great honour to be recognised in this way and I am very thankful to Microsoft for it.
I love SQL Server and try to learn something new each day, to help me achieve this I have set myself the following goals.
- Take and pass 70-433 and 70-451 exams (SQL Server 2008 Development track).
Eventually I want to take the MCM exams and these are the pre-requisites that I have yet to take.
- Take and pass a Windows OS or networking exam.
The idea behind this is that it will provide me with more peripheral knowledge which will enhance my DBA troubleshooting skills.
- Blog more, I have a stack of ideas but have not written them up.
This year I intend to become more organised with my blogging and blog at least once or twice a week. The increase in blogging should help with my goal of publishing a couple of articles.
- Overhaul my website, the look and feel hasn’t quite turned out as I had hoped, so a redesign with a few new features is just what the doctor ordered.
- Read 2 technical and 2 professional development books cover to cover.
At the moment I tend just to read the relevant sections of books and am no doubt missing some real gems.
- Make better goals!
One of the books I am interested in reading is “Getting Things Done” by David Allen which was recommended by Brent Ozar Blog|Twitter in his blog article Goals? Where we’re going, we don’t need goals. The idea of having goals at different levels which keep you on track does sound appealing and is something I will be looking into.
Changing jobs really hammered the plans I had for personal development in a number of areas as I found myself studying other areas that I had not expected.
I still have personal goals, but this probably isn’t the right place for them so I shall refrain from posting about that area of my life. This is a SQL blog after all.
Happy New Year,