201813 Jan 2019
As is custom, at the end or start of year I share my goals and progress as we close and open new chapters. I don’t think there’s an actual chapter closed or opened, it’s comforting to think about it that way but i think life is a continuos stream of … life events that ultimately define our entire existence, there is no break. None. Whatever it may look like, it is a continuation. It’s a mere formality then to state that the last year and all that took place had been a long time coming, whether we acknowledge it or not.
Comparing what my aims were at the end of 2017 and now, I cannot help but feel like I am no longer as open with some of my ideas, goals etc. The reasons behind that are not quite apparent to me, but going through last year’s post I even marvelled at how much I shared about my life and where I intended to go. I sure do hope to investigate my reasons for initially defaulting to scraping the surface with this blog post.
Lest I digress, 2018 was a really fantastic, enlightening but also topsy-turvy kind of year. Taking a look at what I listed as my main goals for 2018, to offer some context:
The first goal of writing more often got absolutely forgotten as I got lost in a lot of noise and bustle everywhere else. I kept it as a goal throughout the year, and even when I started using Done app, a fantastic habit former app, I listed the goal of writing one blog post a week but rarely achieved it. Whilst I can ramble on about the reasons, the sad truth is I did not meet this simple-to-state but lofty goal. On the flip side, I did learn a lot about what doesn’t work so going into the new year I am a bit more enlightened!
I also missed the second goal by a long shot. My https://github.com/therealchiko has a meagre 59 commits as a of today. I did write a lot of code but I overestimated the time I would have on my hands due to family commitments and doubling down at work. More of that in a second. I do not have a lot of regret in missing this goal however, I feel I made significant coding gains I wanted to achieve via open source contributions, albeit differently.
For all the other goals on the list that are work-related, I think I made significant strides there. The technologies were not the ones I was aiming for however as client requirements are rarely fixed. For example, I did no intensive C# work at all the whole year, nor did I use React in any meaningful way. Looking back, I set those goals with the assumption I would carry on with the tech I used in 2017 but life was busy happening. However, my role in projects at work transitioned to more senior-like, as I architectured apps in full and led development which was the biggest highlight of my year. That alone, gave me an immense understanding of some of the architectural decisons I was taking for granted. I will leave it to reviewers but I feel my coding improved quite a bit!
I didn’t manage to multiply my gross income by 3.5. What multiplied is probably my approach and thinking about building income & worth. In sticking to the goal, I had to step back first to set myself up for hopefully, a leap, later. There is so much that was unpacked via some of my failures in business investing that I am so happy I set such a goal and stuck at achieving it despite the odds and tumult of life. I will detail some of the things I have become involved in in time :)
In summary, the task of setting goals has been super important and its a tradition I wish to uphold. I may not have slashed through all or any one of them in a clear, measurable way but I feel having something to aim at allowed me to measure the distance to be travelled still and where I need to put more effort. In this coming year, I am going to take last year’s revelations in stride and again, take a high aim and cock with all the power and precision in the world!
Thanks for reading this post! I am curious to know how you found 2018 and some of the more important things you learned during the year. I am reachable on twitter, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and in the comments belowe.
Have a fantastic 2019!