Tuesday, January 11, 2011

#TSQL2sDay: Resolutions

For this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, Jen McCown asks:

So tell us: what techie resolutions have you been pondering, and why? Are you heading for a certification? An award? Are you looking to pick up CLR because that guy at the Summit said it’s “bitchin’”? Go crazy…

What is T-SQL Tuesday? Let's read from the master's blog ( Adam Machanic (Blog| Twitter) ) the following :

Each month a blog will host the party, and about a week before the second Tuesday of the month a theme will be posted. Any blogger that wishes to participate is invited to write a post on the chosen topic. The event is called "T-SQL Tuesday", but any post that is related to both SQL Server and the theme is fair game. So feel free to post about SSIS, SSRS, Java integration, or whatever other technologies you're working with in conjunction with SQL Server. Even if your post includes no T-SQL we still want to see it.

I thought that the idea of doing these T-SQL Tuesday blog events was a grand idea, and couldn't wait for my first opportunity to contribute. You may notice that its been going on without my contributions for quite some time. I am finally contributing.

Last year, around this same time, there was a rash of resolution blog posts making the rounds. I thought long and hard on what I wanted to accomplish, and posted these here in a blog entry. My goals then, as in previous years, surrounded 10 distinct items. I would like to continue with these this year, albeit with modifications.

1. Local User Group
2. Produce presentations. 4-6 presentations for the year
3. Speak
4. Perform Regional Mentor Duties
5. Blog
6. Articles
7. MVP
8. Read
9. Topics
10. #InboxZero

1. Contributing the the local User Groups is paramount. Be it thru UG meetings, simply being part of peoples lives that are members, SQL Saturday events, Code Camps, and so on. There are many opportunities to contribute, and this last year I did so in some of these ways listed above. I strive to continue to do so this year. I will be branching out a bit, as money permits, to attend regionally local SQL Saturday events as well.
2. Presentations are a good way of documenting what you know, and sharing it with others. Its a good way to learn a subject more fully than you currently know it. I have had good success with SSWUG presentations, an will continue to pursue this avenue, as well as others that come my way. I love to learn, and love to share that knowledge with others. Presentations are an obvious outlet for this activity.
3. I had this goal more specific last year, indicating speaking at SSWUG. I have removed that specificness this year, and simply want to speak more, including SSWUG, SQL Saturday events, and the like. I would simply like to stretch those speaking and presenting muscles more and more.
4. As a volunteer with PASS, its important to define an avenue for your work, then contribute as much as you can to this. I am a Regional Mentor for the Southwest region, and I, along with my colleague Andrew Karcher need to support these Chapters and ensure that whatever they need, they can be provided with. This is a fun job, although I often do not busy myself as much as I feel I should with these duties. There are some side projects in the works as well that are fairly exciting.
5. Writing in a blog can be an interesting endeavor. I will often go days, weeks, dare I say, even months without posting something here. This is not to say that I do not find value in blogging, but simply that I often find value in only posting what I believe is necessary to share, or im simply to busy to do so. So, as in previous years, I vow to post more here, to glean more information from my day to day tasks that are worthy of this forum. Not to simply post to post, or get quantity. I'm going for quality. And in come cases, I need to prod myself to generate that quality, more often.
6. This last year, I did not write as many articles as I was happy with for myself. I vow to set this as a goal again, and produce, as mentioned, more content that is valuable not only to myself, but to others.
7. Nothing will change for this goal, as its a passive goal. All the other tasks will occur on their own, and this is simply there as a carrot.
8. Again, this goal fell short last year, and will remain on my list for the year coming up. I have extended this from simply reading books, to include other mediums as well, and have imported books to my android phone and other devices, with the intent of having them more readily available, and actually carving out time away from the TV to read more.
9. This year, with this new job, I am trying to be more open to topics that were previously shut off to me for various reasons. One of these is PowerShell, and I have actually started using this more already, and hope to do so more this year. Another topic that has come my way is simply general documentation. I have spent a lot of time in my last job documenting many many things for DB systems. I will implement this skill in my current gig to document everything that is missing documentation, which right now is everything.
10. I love that this goal has made it to my list, and will forever remain. This is the ever present goal of cleaning up my email, managing my email, and imply organizing myself, accomplishing my tasks at the same time. With a new job comes new vigor to keep the inbox down to zero. Home has suffered for far too long, and will be high on my list to sort thru these emails and get them processed as well.

Well, there you have it. 10 items that I have found that are important to me, that I have continued to promote as my resolutions through a few years, with modifications as time marched on.
I hope to accomplish these in the coming years. Or at least, to stretch myself to become closer to attaining whatever task or goal each one indicates. Its good to have goals, ans we in our family just recently discussed this, coming up with spiritual as well as personal goals for each member of the family.

I challenge you to read thru my list, see if any of these things ring true for you, or impress you to set your own similar goals. Come back often and reference this, and ensure that you are accomplishing them as the year marches on.

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