Whilst I am not really the one to make resolutions, earlier this year T-SQL Tuesday #14 was about exactly that. Resolutions. So I jumped on the wagon and listed a few goals that I’d like to achieve this year. This is an update on those goals. I had a theme to my resolutions too, that theme is ‘More’.
1. Blog ‘more’
So far, so good with this one. I already have 12 posts for this year on this blog. I know that they are not all technical, but writing more (on any subject) gives me the practice I need to become a better writer (I use the term ‘writer’ very loosely…).
I have also started two other blogs. One is a personal blog and is primarily to keep all my family in the loop about our adventures. The other is all about Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne blog is still undergoing some design decisions & tweaks as well as trying to get more and more content together before going live with it. The ‘go live’ for the Melbourne blog is set for the end of Q2. So that will be part of my next Quarterly review.
2. Learn ‘more’
Ok, so this is one that I have not faired as well as I had hoped. The MCITP – Business Intelligence 2008 has still not been realised. I grossly underestimated how much time and energy a new baby takes. In February this year my lovely wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, our 2nd child. I had set a goal to get the MCTIP by the end of the 1st Quarter this year, but I think I shall have to revise that to the end of the 2nd Quarter. To be brutally honest (with myself), I think I am afraid of failing, which is preventing me from even ‘having a go’. It’s definitely time to face facts and schedule a test!!
Other areas I wanted to improve on were the softer skills that are required for consulting. Whilst I feel that it is fairly difficult to measure these skills outright, I am definitely making progress in many areas. These are a couple of them:
- I am now heading up my own team, so I have a bit of of ‘people management’ learning curve to undergo.
- I am involved in the strategic planning of our team – this is a really fun aspect that I am looking to spending more time on.
- Building up a rapport with clients and keeping the relationship in good stead. This is all about communication, communication, communication…
3. Attend ‘more’ SQL Server Events
Absolutely zero for this one. Time to refresh the local user group schedule and set aside some time to attend. Perhaps I might even set up a Melbourne SQL Server social once a month. Watch this space….
4. Interact ‘more’ with the SQL Server Community
Another mediocre performance here. Whilst I have had some good conversations over the last few months, I have not nearly been as active in this area as I had hoped. So If you do want to talk to me here are a few contact points:
5. Sleep ‘less’
Well this one was EASY! Needless to say I have outdone myself here. Since the birth of my daughter I have been getting, on average, about 4 hours a night during the week (I do the midnight feed anywhere between 11pm and 3am). I’m also glad to say I am slowly getting used to it. I am someone who usually requires a good 8 hours in order to function during the day, but I have found that I am managing on a lot less – but only if I keep going, if I stop for a few minutes I’m toast.
All-in-all progress is not bad, but could definitely be better. See you next quarter!