Everyone makes at least some attempt at resolutions each new year - even if they say they “don’t make resolutions”. How can you go through life without goals to better yourself as a person? Based on my past, though, we very often do not write them down or forget about them entirely before the end of January.
The problem with goals of mine in the past have always been that they are very generic and/or very difficult to satisfy. I have made a deliberate effort to make my goals for this year both small and specific. This will make it much more difficult to justify my way out of satisfying my goals for this year and much easier to satisfy more goals is they are more achievable.
So, in the spirit of both personal growth and gamification, I bring you my personal1 list of “achievements” for 2013.
Achievements must be:
- Specific - Specific goals have less room to be “justified” by you as “technically” completed. Examples include “Learn C”, “Run More”, etc.
- Quantifiable - This goes with being specific. This makes it very clear as to the completion of your achievement. Did you <insert achievement title>? Yes? Then you did. Easy.
- Achievable - If you’re a brand new engineer now, your goal should not be to become director of your department this year.
What are your 2013 achievements? Feel free to steal mine below if you so choose.
Build and release Small Mac app to app store
Visually Design Small Mac App
Build and Release Another iOS App
Open Source Two New Projects
Open source five new projects
Open source one project at Mutual Mobile
Contribute to one large open source project
Learn SVN CLI well enough to abandon cornerstone
Read three non-technical books
- Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) - Tom Vanderbilt
Read Five non-technical books
Write an OpenGL shader
Not end up in the ER
Ride my mountain bike without becoming injured
Start a new blog
40 blog posts
Start a regular “column” on my blog.
1: I’ve omitted the truly personal achievements about my life like friends, family, etc.