Last year, I wrote a monthly progress update on my goals. I'm doing the same thing for 2019. Previously, I wrote these articles on Medium. Now I'm switching over to dev.to 😄
Here, I’ll share the goal followed by the related achievement of the month after the arrow.
- Focus on relationships that matter -> Spending time with friends/co-workers
I feel like this month I actually made progress towards this goal. I sometimes say yes or do things because I feel like I should rather than because I want to. This month, I spent more time with high school friends that are important to me and I also spend some time with my co-workers outside of work.
I hope to continue focusing on these important relationships rather than trying to please everyone.
- Read 12 Books -> Finished "The Clean Coder" and "Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations"
One of my co-workers recommended "The Clean Coder" by Robert Cecil Martin and so I started it last month. It was a fantastic book! It made me realize what it means to be a "professional" developer and gave tips on how to work towards that in my career.
I also read "Accelerate...". I wasn't a huge fan. The research was interesting, but it felt more like an academic paper published inside a book. It merely validated my previous beliefs of how important things like CI/CD are in shipping software quickly.
- Launch 2 Products on Product Hunt -> Lots of work on mentored.dev
I hope to continue making progress and eventually, ship the first version this year.
- Speak at 5 conferences-> Spoke at Magnoliajs (2/5) 🚀
I had an absolute blast speaking at Magnoliajs in Jackson, Mississippi. It was my first in-person tech conference I was speaking at.
The experience taught me a lot. I realized:
1) how down-to-earth tech speakers are
2) jokes/humor can spice up talks more than enthusiasm
That being said, I hope to continue speaking at meetups/conferences and getting better at my delivery.
- Write 6 articles -> Published "The Practical Checklist for Getting a Job"
I had been holding onto this article for a while. I wrote it up for a friend maybe 6 months ago but never got around to publishing it. Instead, I was sharing it with people privately.
Now, it's published and ready to be shared with the community! 😄
That's all folks! Until next month!
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