Goals for 2017

Here are my 10 goals for 2017:

  1. Read 12 books
    In 2016, I probably read an average of 15 blog posts per month but only read 4 books from start to finish (all 4 from A Book Apart). I will read at least 1 book per month and 3 of the books will not be about web design/development.
  2. Write 12 blog posts
    This post counts as one so I’m doing good so far 🙂
  3. Speak at 2 events
    I only spoke at one event last year and it was for a company summit. I plan on giving 2 talks this year either at a local meetup or a conference.
  4. Contribute to a open source project
    This felt pretty good. I plan on looking for a project and contributing again this year.
  5. Mentor someone
    At a web conference I attended last July, I caught up with Beth, who I used to work with at a previous job. During one of our conversations, she told me that she really learned a lot from me while I was at the company. This was a huge compliment because she’s a brilliant developer and now a business owner.
  6. Redesign this website
    I plan on designing and developing a custom theme for this website around April when I have at least 4 blog posts posted. I am practicing what I always preach here and designing around content.
  7. Work-life balance
    Looking back at 2016, I have been very unfair to Michi spending many evenings either working or in front of a computer working on side projects. I am going to try and stop doing any sort of work (unless emergency) past 6:00pm.
  8. Sleep schedule
    I plan on getting up earlier this year and make sure to be in bed by 11pm.
  9. Lose 15 pounds.
    I ate out a lot in 2016 and didn’t have a regular exercise schedule. I plan on eating out less and doing some sort of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
  10. Photography
    I can not believe I did not upload a single album last year: In previous years, some of my inspirations for work came from photos that I took so I need make my A5100 Sony Mirrorless camera more useful this year.