Professional & Personal Goals for 2015
The turn of the year is a natural time to get deep, think about how the past year went and put together goals for the new year. Most goals become "pie in the sky" but it's important to aim high, right? I've been thinking about the past year and where I feel I'm lacking, so hopefully publishing this will help me be accountable for achieving the goals I set. Here goes...
Make My Mark at Mozilla
I mentioned in my last Confessions post that I hadn't made my mark at Mozilla yet, and it eats at me quite a bit. If I left Mozilla today, I don't think anyone would ever know I had been there. That sucks. Mozilla was my dream job and inspiration when I was a teenage college student in Madison, Wisconsin, and getting to Mozilla was a dream come true. But have I made the most of it? I have to say no, I'm not essential to anything at Mozilla and I could disappear and no one would know (no projects would suffer).
In 2015 I need to do something important. This is an intimidating goal due to Mozilla's new internal goal structure, but now is the time I need to make an impact outside of MDN. I've had a few ideas and hope to execute them soon, but I have to leave 2015 feeling like I've etched myself into Mozilla's history.
Create a Useful, Popular Open Source Project
Create a Node.js-powered Site
I love some banter on Twitter and IRC but the truth is that I'm really introverted in person. I'm happy to sit by myself, avoid group discussions, and fly under the radar. I tend to avoid conferences (mostly because I dislike travel) and even local developer meetups. This year I need to find a way to network more. Not networking for a job obviously, but I'd like to get to know people outside of the Twitter and developer world. We're all people and dev is just a small part of us.
Improve Work/Life Balance
This is a never ending fight but I did really well to improve work/life balance in 2014. My son is almost two now and for the first time in my life, I stopped feeling bad when I "left work" (I work remotely) to spend time with him. There is room for improvement, however, and I want to get better.
I weighed myself yesterday and the scale read 152 -- not what I wanted to see. I'm not "fat" but this is the make or break period where I either tone out now or I'll start gaining lots of weight. I've always been skinny but when I fractured my leg last year, I lost all my momentum in exercising. Losing one pound a month seems reasonable, and I'm going out to get a weight machine and treadmill later today. I don't drink soda but I do have a glass of wine or beer at night, so I'll be cutting that out, as well as being more aware of what I eat. Any tips in fulfilling this goal would be appreciated.
Improve Investing Skills
I've always been good at earning money (I've been called a workaholic) and saving money (I have very few vices, if any). What I need to do in 2015 is learn to invest better. I put some money into a brokerage account last month, bought and sold some stock, and ultimately settled on putting some of my savings into an ETF because banks are paying nothing for interest. I'm up 1.5% since then, which is great, but improving investing skills will be the final piece in my overall financial health.
What do you hope to improve in 2015? Have tips for how I can achieve my goals? Share!
Thank you for the confession about Node.js. I too haven’t crossed over to the server-side yet, short of a few tools I run on my local machine. I’m curious about Node.js project hosting, since most of the hosting sites I’ve seen either don’t support it, support it but it costs a lot, or let you run one tiny project on their machine for free. Let us know what you find.
Overall, those are some good goals.