Goals for 2010

It’s that time of year again. With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to think about where you’re going in life, whether that be personal, professional, or any other aspect of your life. Many people make New Year’s resolutions, but how many of you actually follow through on those resolutions?

Some people dream of success, while other people live to crush those dreams.

Some people dream of success, while other people live to crush those dreams.

What I did last year was to post some of my professional resolutions for all to see. Whether or not that was a good idea is debatable. There is a study that shows that the more you share, the less likely you are to do. I don’t agree completely with that study, and so I’m going to do it again.

First, however, a follow-up to the goals for 2009:

  • Only one of my contracts from the start of 2009 is still in development, and it is scheduled for completion with two weeks.
  • I have not picked up one new contract per month, however, the past 3 months have been very good to me with 2 new clients and one returning client.
  • I haven’t taken any courses this year, but am in the process of learning PHP and the Zend Framework.
  • I have continued to use C# for some development, and am increasing my level of proficiency.

All in all, I feel good about what I’ve accomplished in 2009. While I haven’t met all my goals, I did strive to do so, and had I met all my goals, it would be an indication that I had not set my sights high enough. So, without further ado, here are my goals for 2010:

  1. Learn PHP and Zend to a degree of proficiency whereby I can construct an entire website based on those technologies in a reasonable amount of time (i.e. in under 250 hours for a fully-functional site, and not including the design of the interface).
  2. Launch the product I’m currently working on, Client Data Tracker, to beta in January 2010 and live to the public before the end of March 2010.
  3. Continue developing my consulting to the point that I am putting in 30+ hours per week in billable time on various projects.
  4. Complete the work required for KNIRL.COM and get the site up and running.

These are my goals that I’ll be using to measure my success against in 2010. What are your goals? How do you intend to measure success?

  • http://www.isetmygoals.com/ Ronny

    I write down my goals in a 2010 goals booklet. It is always in my wallet and I review it regularly. It keeps me focused on what really matters to me.

    Enjoy and share!
    Ronny

  • http://www.isetmygoals.com Ronny

    I write down my goals in a 2010 goals booklet. It is always in my wallet and I review it regularly. It keeps me focused on what really matters to me.

    Enjoy and share!
    Ronny

  • admin

    @Ronny
    Thanks for the link – that’s a great idea!

  • admin

    @Ronny
    Thanks for the link – that’s a great idea!

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  • http://www.jspiro.com/ Jason Spiro

    It makes sense to learn PHP. But why would you learn the Zend Framework? If you want to learn a framework, better to skip PHP and instead learn the Ruby language and the Rails framework.

    Cheers,
    –Jason Spiro
    Linux IT consultant
    Toronto, ON

  • http://blog.optimalupgrades.ca Elie

    Learning PHP on its own, with no Frameworks, means that you're continually reinventing the wheel. The frameworks help in that they create structure for your code, and help you build larger applications by taking care of most of the house-keeping functions. The choice of using the Zend Framework, as opposed to any other, is that I had a client with a project that lent itself to Zend based on the provided specifications.

    As far as RoR is concerned, first, as you point out, I would have to learn Ruby first, but before I learn a new language, I like to reach the point that I have, to some extent, mastered the last language I learned. Rather than debate the merits of Ruby, I will just say that when I chose to teach myself PHP, it was out of a need to learn a language for building web application, and I almost randomly selected PHP. When I feel I've mastered PHP and one or two frameworks based on it, I may choose Ruby next.

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