Yes, I know it is already 2010. I am a little behind but still wanted to officially write down some goals for the new year. Actually I should get partial credit as I started on the whiteboard in December. Anyways, this will help hold me accountable for my goals, give me something to review quarterly through the year and also keep my friends on the internet aware of what I am trying to accomplish this year.
Be a better Husband
I have to admit there has been several times in my life where I put work, groups and other things ahead of family time. My most important goal for the year is to change this. I plan to have at least one night per week where I put the computer down and spend time with the family. I also plan to make this the year I take Nina to Spain. Yes, those who know me well know I didn’t complete Spanish a couple times in high school. Hopefully, we will be able to learn the language of the land together in the next few months.
Make an impact to improve my community
I am a young (28 year old) Database Administrator, Programmer, Information Technology Professional who lives in Wheeling, WV (50 miles down this Ohio River from Pittsburgh, PA). This year I will serve my local community by becoming the President of the Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals and the Region 18 Vice President. Our biggest initiative of the year will be implementing the first SQLSaturday in West Virginia. We will provide free conference event that will bring Information Technology professionals to Wheeling to obtain free training on SQL Server, .NET and professional development. I am also highly involved with OVConnect the Ohio Valley’s Young Professionals group. Through this group we will provided several events that connect young minded people together.
Continue to improve my communication skills
I admit it I am guilty as charged. While I read several blogs and technical books I don’t dive into non-technical books often. This year I plan to read six non-technical books during the year and write reviews of them on this blog.
Speaking of blogging if you are following this blog you know my blogging last year was not consistent. Therefore, I am going to try to make sure I have at least one new post every two weeks. I will also try to blog about different things going on locally, personally and with technology.
Continue the certification path for MCITP SQL Server 2005
In 2009 I completed the 70-431 exam which makes me a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist on SQL Server 2005. This year I plan to take the next step and become a Microsoft Certified Technology Professional in SQL Server 2005. You might be wondering why would I or you want to do this? There are a few reasons I will share. First, a great friend of mine once told me its a great way to polish your skills. Second, I believe that the certification process forces you to learn topics you wouldn’t learn unless you complete the process. Third, the objectives of the exams line up with some project goals at work so I can kill two birds with one stone.
Improve my networking and social networking
In 2009 I dove into social networking via blogging, twitter (johnsterrett) LinkedIn, and Facebook. While I have lots of great connections through these networking portals its hard to keep track. Therefore, I have a simple networking goal for 2010. I want to build lasting relationships with 7 to 10 new individuals.
Attend PASS 2010 Member Summit
This goal is actually very straight forward. In fact, I am actually cheating. I just signed up for the conference and look forward to meeting other DBA’s and SQL Developers at this event. If you work with SQL Server I highly recommend you do the same.