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Wow, what a year! At the start of 2018 I laid out my goals and I ended up crushing them! I hadn't heard of SMART goal setting yet but they ended up fitting the acronym: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
Let's review my 2018 and goals and see how I stacked up.
I'm definitely proud of what I accomplished in 2018--especially the dual-wielding courses. That was a risky proposition but with proper tracking and progress checkpoints, I managed to do it in almost as many hours as it took for me to do my first course.
It's clear my stretch goals were definite stretches! For my evenings, I have a few choices of what to do: laze about, contract work, Keep Track of My Games, open source, house work. You may be surprised to know a lot of the time I do end up lazing about--but it's with my wife or friends, watching shows, playing board games, or generally enjoying people's company. So I don't think it's necessarily unproductive! Still, those choices don't leave a ton of room for Twitch streaming. I'm just not positive it'll be a value-add activity for me, so I'm leaving it off my 2019 goals.
The MVP goal was very disappointing. Eventually after 10 months, the program manager responded to my email and said to just try again as the window was lost. It's supposed to be a 90-day window but for some reason I just got lost in the process. It will be on my 2019 goals again. New for 2019 is the requirement that you be nominated--luckily I have some MVP colleagues that are willing to put in a word for me! Get in touch if you want to throw your weight in, too.
Workshop? Just didn't have a chance. The half-day workshop was awesome and I'd do it again. In 2019 I may work on a React/TypeScript workshop and pitch it to Frontend Masters or to conferences. It may turn into a 2020 goal.
It's always the case you end up doing things you never planned. Here's what else I ended up accomplishing:
Hustle and passive income accounted for over 10% of my yearly earnings.
This was a goal I had in mind but didn't write down for 2018. I wanted to try and see if I could make my gig/passive income account for at least 10% of my earnings and it did!
Bought a house
Had another kid
Released React rewrite of KTOMG
Finished some games: Far Cry 5, Destiny 2 (story), Telltale's Game of Thrones.
Published 13 blog posts. Whoo!
Traveled to New England and Montreal with family
Went through our finances with a fine-toothed comb
With the SMART framework in mind, let's see if I can establish some goals to accomplish in 2019. Keeping in check that I have a new baby daughter, I'll need to focus on the Attainable and Realistic portions of the acronym.
There you have it! These seem pretty doable to me as I am well-positioned to accomplish most of them this next year. For 2019 I split the goals into sub-groups to organize them better. Focusing on professional growth, personal goals, and DIY skills!
It's still a lot but what's life without a little ambition? I can top 2018 if I work at it. As for the baby, I accomplished everything last year without compromising time with my family. I am confident I can do the same in 2019 if I focus on it!
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