Sometimes we need a reason to change. The start of a new year provides a socially acceptable way to make changes, and big ones at that, for no real reason, other than that the new year perhaps symbolizes a clean slate, and a chance to start fresh.
I want this to be the year where I question pretty much everything I do, and why I do it. To go from mindlessly doing tasks because I’ve always done them that way, to making sure that tasks I do are the best way to get things done. To figure out which technologies produce the best results, not just choosing the ones I know and am comfortable with. To make sure I really am doing what I have a passion for, not just what pays the bills (though I do need to balance both).
Ultimately, I want this mindset to change the way I work and do business, and drive the types of projects I work on.
Are you reading this right now while also doing work, responding to an email, having an IM chat with someone, and reading your Twitter stream all at the same time? Yeah, me too. Technology that is supposed to simplify your work and life seem to make it less simple, or at least provide more distractions. And if you are self-employed, that makes it even more difficult. I know there are lots of people out there who pride themselves in being able to do all of these things at once, and do them well, but I am not one of them. I need to focus on one thing at a time, even if it’s for a short period of time. So I’m going to make an effort to be less distracted.
*Resisting urge to check Twitter while writing…this…post…*
I am where I am now because people have shared, whether it’s a tutorial, a piece of advice, a review, whatever. Unfortunately, I have not always been one to share my own thoughts as freely. Partly it’s because I feel like I don’t have the time to write things down in addition to juggling projects and a family. But I think it’s also a deep seated insecurity which questions what I can contribute and why anyone would want to hear it. That’s something I need to get over.
So even if it’s just me writing these posts to myself, that’s what I aim to do this year. I WILL blog more, almost daily in fact, of things I’ve learned or am learning. At the very least, I can look back on it as a record of my journey this year.
So off we head into 2012, which some people believe is the end of life as we know it. Hopefully, it’s just the beginning…