Here we are at the end of 2012. Obviously, we survived the Mayan apocalypse. As I take a moment to reflect on the year that has passed, I start to look forward to the goals I want to accomplish in the coming year. Looking back at my 2012 goals, I pretty much lived up to them except building a computer (determined all the parts but never bought them) and attending more meetings of organizations that I have a membership with (definitely gotta work on that one). Again, I don't believe in making resolutions because they end up being lip-service to ourselves. Talk is cheap and change is hard. Goals are more tangible and attainable.
Now without any further ado, my goals for 2013 (in no particular order):
1) Continue to get certifications. I'm always looking to add certifications to my name that will provided some professional value to me. This year I think I'm going to focus on CompTIA's CTT+, which is beneficial in my role as a part-time instructor, and either CompTIA's Project+ or PMI's CAPM since much of my daily work can be project-oriented.
2) Focus more management/leadership growth and less on being solely technical at work. I love technology and will always love technology, but I think it's time start focusing on the next level at work. Just like technology changes, I need to be able to change with it and just as fast.
3) Write a book. A year or so ago, I had a conversation with a retiring IT director who was familiar with my background and one of her suggestions for me professionally was to write a book. Writing a book provides me with an opportunity to share my expertise, differentiate myself among my peers and provides me the opportunity to expand my professional brand.
4) Streamline my technology workflow. Over the past year, I have found myself using a "full" computer less and less (outside of work) but using "consumption" devices more and more. I spend more time on my iPad, Nexus 7 and Chromebook than I do on my Windows or OS X computers. I already have started examining what I use in order to evaluate need.
5) Fully embrace the cloud. My goal is to reduce my reliance on maintaining local storage in our house. I already decommissioned my Windows Home Server and moved all of our documents to the cloud (SkyDrive). Now I'm looking for solutions for our photos and home movies. Keep my need for local storage to a bare minimum.
6) Continue to expand and grow my Computer Support Technician Certificate Program. I took a risk doing this and it has paid off. Now I just need to keep the momentum going.
7) Contribute more articles. Over the past year, I became a contributing author for the BIT Tech Digest. Need to make sure that I contribute articles regularly. I also want to look into becoming a contributing writer for other sites as well if possible.
8) Consider going to graduate school. This is one that I have been juggling in my head for awhile now. As it relates to goal #2 of focusing more on management/leadership growth, it is almost a no brainer, but it takes a commitment. There are a lot of factors I have to consider if I decide to go back to school. This may end up one of my 2014 goals.