I recently read Jeremy Likness’s 2018 in Review. I was drawn to the section titled “Goals Retrospective.” As an agile advocate, I was inspired by the idea of an annual retrospective - an opportunity to reflect on the previous year. It felt like a simple way to apply “Inspect and Adapt” to my goals, aspirations and objectives (both professional and personal). Jeremy also shared his major goals for 2019. Six measurable and achievable objectives that ensure both personal and professional development.
So, here it is. My annual retrospective - 2018 in review.
2018 in Review
This is my first retrospective and, unfortunately, I can’t find (or remember) any goals I set for 2018. So for my first retrospective, I’d like to share perhaps my three biggest accomplishments.
Spoke at my first tech Meetup
Travelled to three countries
My fiancée and I try to visit at least three countries every year. And, in 2018 we did.
- We spent a long weekend in Basel, Switzerland.
- We visited the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany.
- We spent a week in Kos, Greece.
- And, as an extra bonus, in August, I visited some close friends in Malaga and Seville, Spain.
Landed my dream job
In July 2016 I updated my career plan with Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft. At the time, this didn’t feel very achievable. I already felt like an “imposter.” I had a long way to go, but I made a plan anyway.
Nearly two years later, in May 2018, I was officially offered the position of Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft. I made it.
Lessons I learnt in 2018
Some of the most valuable things I learnt in 2018, that I will take into the new year:
- It’s okay not to know something. It’s okay to ask for help.
- Surround yourself with people who respect you, and want you to succeed.
- Take every opportunity to learn or discover something new.
- Look after yourself, your health and your well-being. Pro-actively maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Goals for 2019
My main goals for 2019:
- Plan a wedding with my fiancée.
- Travel to three countries I haven’t visited before.
- Publish at least two blog posts every month.
- Speak at three tech conferences (or community Meetups).
- Actively contribute to an open source project.
- Read (or listen to) at least one book every month.
- Eat well, sleep well and exercise - especially when I’m away from home.
I also want to make 52 new memories. My fiancée and I are planning to complete an annual bucket list of 52 things in a jar.
My focus for 2019 will be to learn, discover and share. At the end of 2019, I will review and follow up on the progress I made towards these goals. In the meantime, you can follow my progress on Twitter.
Thanks for taking the time to read my annual retrospective. I’d love to hear your thoughts and your goals for 2019 - please leave a comment below.
Finally, I want to wish you a very Happy New Year!