The year of intenionality
This is a follow up to my previous post 2018-retrospective
This year I will become more productive, by intensionally working on a well thought out plan, learning the right technologies, and leave behind a positive legacy.
Last year I was able to make some great strides in my productivity and focus. This year I want to be able to bring it up a notch. Intentionality plays a big part in this. Taking some time to sit down and think about the tasks you realistically want to complete for the day, then focusing on those tasks one at a time.
I started off the year last year using the pomodoro system to focus on one task and one task only for 25 minutes at a time. This worked really well for me but I quickly fell off of the train and fell into my old trap of reacting to the loudest customer over the items I put intensionally on my todo list.
A kanban system is key to keeping it intentional. I currently use a very simple trello system, with very few cards. This helps to stay on track during those 25 minutes. During the pomodoro session I move an item from todo, to doing, work that item, then move it to done when it is ready. The only other thing that I can do during that time is to add items to the todo list.
- 8 pomodori
Daily session planning
- Back on inbox zero
- todo's go in kanban not inbox
Leave a Legacy
I want to leave behind a legacy that I can be proud of. I want to be known for bringing a positive attitude that inspires others to do their best work, enourage others, and work as a team. It is in my blood to help as many people as I can. I am in a unique role and have a unique skill set that allows me to do what would take some hours and days in minutes and hours. I really enjoy helping these folks, but I know many of them are smart enough to do it on their own, they just do not know where to get started. For this reason I really want to amp up my docs this year. I want people to be able to answer 80% of their questions right from the docs before needing to come to me to get started. I want this to be part of the legacy that I leave with my projects for the next person that encounters them.
- 80% oss questions should be answered
- finish pea course
- all projects have docs page with link by Feb
- consistent docs format
- bring positivity to the workplace
blog weekly (52)
- lower barier to entry
- consistently work on writing skills
- 12 Medium/LinkedIn
Last year I made monumental improvements to my web development while continuing to hone my backend skills. This year I want to amp up my web front end skills even more. I am finding this to be an area that not very many people in my organization have and I can knock out some simple projects really quick and gain a lot of value. Last year I started using react as a front end framework. I want to double down learning the intricicies of how it works, and how to effectively layout a react project. I also want to keep upping my design skills. As I do more layouts I find that they are easier and easier to layout, and as I am able to get them out faster it give me more time to hone in the design. Lastly I want to continue honing in my backend skills. Working with data pipelines, Linux command line, the cloud, and database architecture.
- Advanced React dynamic web applications
- Refactoring UI Rethinking how to layout data in logical ways
- Service Workies
- AWS?? we are moving to the cloud
- Continue Leveling up Linux Command Line
- Data Pipeline
At home I want to continue being a positive person. Home is much harder to keep up a good attitude. Mostly because I care more about my family and its harder to walk away and forget about a bad interaction with them. I want to make sure that we keep up more positive interactions together as that will help everyone keep the positive attitude. Lastly I would like to keep in touch with family better. Rhiannon really loves a nice message to boost her day. I would like to send her a few longer messages per week, and to one other family member at least once per week. This can be in the form of a text, email, or hard copy letter in the mail.
- be your best
- +3 positives everyday (300+)
- gratitude daily (300+)
- 5 languages
- letters to family
Bring it on 2019 I am ready to take it on!