Around this time last year I was surmising both a stressful and successful 2006. Although 2007 was nowhere near as life-changing, it still saw me enrol in — and complete the first module of — my first step towards an official qualification in web development. I gained my first pay rise in the job that I still love and a cat! I saw parts of my family ‘unit’ destroyed because of the selfish actions of my brother — the consequences of which only now beginning to repair themselves.
The year itself was more positive than negative, which gives me a good footing to go forth in 2008. As has become my tradition, I won’t be making any resolutions but I would like to see myself complete a few goals.
I intend on ‘dropping’ some of my responsibilities to open up more time for myself (closing fanlistings and other subdomains). I also plan on finishing my SimpleDir replacement which will probably see the end of my free script developing for a little while (upkeep is tedious). That doesn’t mean what I’ve got is going anywhere, it just means I won’t be releasing anything new. I want to dive further into PHP security, and really get to grips with OOP (my procedural background often does me no favours). All in all I want 2008 to be about personal and professional development, improving what I do so that I can further help others.
In a last ditch attempt to give myself a fresh slate to work from in 2008 I’m going through my e-mail and website today trying to do a bit of cleaning. I am determined to start the year on an empty inbox but with 108 e-mails as of this morning, it might be easier said than done. However, I’m being brutal and anything not 100% urgent or necessary is being deleted (yes, that includes various e-mails demanding help easily gained elsewhere). Now, if only I could figure out how to apply the same strategy to the clutter on my bookcase, I’d be on to a winner…