The day is nearly over, and it appears that we're going to survive the Mayan apocalypse, so I'm going to proceed with my end-of-year review.
Last year, I laid out some specific things that I wanted to focus on during this year. I assure you that when I made this list, all of these seemed attainable. I'm a little ashamed to see just how far off track I got:
In terms of goals, 2012 looks like a loss. I was incredibly busy, got a promotion, worked my butt off, but accomplished very little of what I personally wanted to accomplish. Maybe my expectations were too high, maybe I really was just too busy, or maybe I'm too quick to look for excuses, I'm not sure. I'm going to try again, with a similar list of goals, but I'm going to narrow the focus a bit, and try to make the goals more specific in 2013.
- attend 6 local PASS meetings
- help out with the local SQL Saturday event
- present at the local SQL Saturday event
- write a minimum of one new blog post per month
- conduct 6 in-house trainings, perhaps dual-purposing blog post or SQL Saturday content, to minimize prep time needed
- read and review 4 non-fiction books
- pass exam 70-463 (obtaining both MCSA and MCSE: Data Platform for SQL 2012)
This feels like a solid list of goals, without feeling like I'm making them too easy versus last year's. They're also specific, easy to determine if I've obtained them or not, and should be fairly easy to track progress throughout the year. I'd welcome any advice as to how to keep on track and reach these!