2018 - Setting some targets
I did this for the first time last year and found it really helped me to achieve some goals that I don't think I'd have hit otherwise, so I'm going to give it another shot this year. Not all of these goals are technical or career related.
Start running again, with a target of running 5km a minimum of 3 days a week by the end of March. I've gotten lazy since I moved in with Jenny, and the pounds are piling back on. As an extension of this I'd like to run the York 10k again in August, and then use this to spur me on to do a half marathon next year (The Great North Run, perhaps) - I ran my first 10k at 30 to prove to myself that I could do it, and it'd be great to do a half marathon in my 40th year.
As a follow on to the above: try to eat better, and drop myself back to 12st. I need to be more disciplined when working away from home and not just eat junk.
I'll be doing Dry January, and will be much more disciplined about my alcohol intake over the rest of the year. It's a tough one to admit to myself, but (like a lot of Brits, I guess) I've been drinking too much and it's not done my health any good. I need to look after myself more as I get older. In the interests of having a measurable target I'm going to say... booze on no more than 3 nights a week.
Despite the fact that I chewed through a boatload of certs last year I wasn't as strict with myself when it comes to self-study. I'm going to target one night a week (Thursdays seem to work for me) for a minimum of 2 hours of study, more than this would be good but...
...I need to be more conscious of my work/life balance. Not putting any firm targets in here, but some weekends away and a few date nights sound like a good plan.
It seems almost mandatory to set myself some certification targets, so... I need to renew my VCP (hopefully VCP7-CMA on second attempt), and I'd like to gain TOGAF 9.1 Practitioner, AWS SysOps Administrator Associate and... hopefully a Professional or Specialist cert too. That Azure Architect pathway on Pluralsight is a possibility too.
Hopefully I'll once again be invited to speak at my employers' annual conference (Cyber Security Professionals, in November next year), and I'm hoping to pull together a talk on the importance of failure which I'm hoping to give to at least one VMUG/TUG, maybe more if it goes down well.
Conference-wise: I've put my business case in for trips out to DellEMC World in Las Vegas in May and VMworld in Barcelona in November. I really hated Las Vegas last year (nothing against the city, but it's really not my kind of place) but the conference was really useful to me personally and I can only imagine that I'll continue to be strongly involved with both DellEMC and VMware in the coming year. I've worked my arse off with both sets of vendors in the past year, and I'll be disappointed (and more than a little saddened) if I can't make them both. Fingers crossed I should be able to confirm these early in the new year. I'll also be trying to attend at least one VMUG (not sure if I'll be able to make the now-moved (due to the retiming of VMworld EU) UKVMUG UserCon, but I'll keep my fingers crossed as it's one of my favourite days of the year.
Podcast-wise we've not put out too many, but those that we did seemed to go down a treat. Going to try to get more recorded for sure in the coming year.
Finally this blog - I've been disappointed at the amount of time I've been able to put into it over the past year, and will do my utmost to get more material out in the coming 12 months. Thanks for continuing to drop by once in a while!
Ok, in the interests of not setting myself up for failure I'm going to leave it at that. Hope that everyone out there has had a productive last 12 months, why not set yourself some goals too?