With the new year right around the corner, I wanted to take some time to write down some personal resolutions in 2015.
I think it’s good to make a list of the things you want to accomplish. Making them public forces some level of accountability, and writing them down somewhere you can easily refer back to can make it easy to stay focused. Here’s what I plan on doing in the coming 12 months.
- Stop buying domain names – I’ve scaled down many of my physical possessions in 2014, but I also let some domain names go that I’ve held on to for far too long. I’m not alone in this; Jason Santa Maria recently discussed his struggle with domain affliction. My thinking is this: if I have an idea for something to build, I’ll make it first, then purchase the domain name rather than vice versa. With all the new TLDs available now, there’s not going to be a shortage of something I can use. The key point here is to build the ideas, not dream about them.
- Stop buying books – Deal website and holiday specials are great, but I’ve got more than enough to learn. No more taking advantage of “mighty deals” and thinking I’ll get around to reading them someday. I need to dig into what I already have, and then …
- Publish book reviews – I’d like to use this site more, and one way will be to write reviews of the books I’m going through in my archive. I’m currently going through a book that I can’t wait to write a review on, and would love to make it a regular thing.
- Contribute to some projects – Recently I’ve come in contact with some projects that could use some help, and I’d like to help contribute in some fashion. The web is great for this: there are open source projects that need code improvements, better documentation, and more. There’s no reason not to get involved in something, and I’m looking forward to giving back next year.
- Get some certifications – Listen, I think experience trumps certification any day of the week. Still, I’ve found in the past that studying for certifications can be a great learning experience, and frankly, I just want to do it. I’ll call it my own version of continuing education, just cheaper and at my own pace.
How about you? Got any goals for 2015 you want to share? Stick ’em in the comments below.