2006 Goals

Here are some goals for 2006.

Get the Deck Done This will be done this year. Period. End of story.

Lose Weight My target goal is 195. I will make it.

Alter the Focus of .NET Langauges I've realized that my interest in computer languages targeted for the .NET runtime has waned a bit. I'm still interested in Boo, F#, etc., but frankly I don't have a lot of interest in exploring all of them by myself. Others are doing a good job focusing on one language, so I plan to alter the site's content a bit so it's more of a news/resource site. I'm going to take away the pages that hint that I'm going to write some articles myself, because it's simply not going to happen. I've come to grips with this, and I'm happy with this new approach. I'll have these changes done sometime in the next month or so.

Limit my XBox Gaming Time I spent a lot of time playing Halo2, Splinter Cell, PGR2, etc. on the XBox. Magenic is giving all its employees an XBox 360 for their 2005 holiday gift, and I'm sure I'll play games on it as well. But I need to trim the time down that I spend on it.

Get the Sidetracked Project Songs Recorded Mike and I spent time in 2005 writing a bunch of songs, and I'm damn proud of what we've come up with. But we need to get these songs recorded. Mike had a child of his own and I think that limited the time he could put into the basement. Not that I blame him - I didn't get my deck done. But I can tell he's getting antsy as well, and lately he's been getting work done in the basement. I hope we can start recording in March, because I need to get the deck done this summer and I don't want to be working on two major projects at the same time.

Do a Couple of Speaking Engagements...Maybe... My enthusiasm for writing has dwindled over the last year or so. To be more specific, I like writing; I just can't see putting the time into writing a book by myself anymore. This holds true for speaking. I don't mind speaking; I've just lost some enthusiasm for it as well. I think this has to do with the fact that 2005 wasn't a big year for me to dive into every new technology that is coming out there. So, if an opportunity comes up, I'll consider it, but I doubt I'll be pursuing anything. Which leads to another topic...

Make A Decision About My Career I'm not stating that I'm thinking about leaving Magenic. What I mean is that I'm turning 35 this year, and I'm starting to wonder if I'm going to enjoy bashing out code for the next 5 to 10 years. I love coding, but dealing with the mundane and trivial stuff that happens a fair amount in any project is getting boring and tedious. I hate to use the words, "project manager", but I have to admit that I need to assess where I want to be when I'm 40 or 45, and to set the foundation for my future years I need to evaluate what I'm currently doing with my career. I plan to spend a lot of time this year figuring out where I want to go with my life both professionally and personally and make decisions based on these assesments. It's not a "mid-life crisis"; it's making sure that I (along with my family) will be happy with our lives in the future.

* Posted at 01.02.2006 10:58:25 AM CST | Link *

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