As 2009 is fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about new years resolutions. It’s about now each year that I groan and decide that resolutions are not for me, knowing full well that any promises of exercise and healthy eating would be down the pan before the first week is out. I want to try a different approach for 2009 though. I know I’m not going to eat less chocolate, no matter how much I promise (although I have just this week cut down to 1 sugar in my coffee instead of 2), so I want to try and attack another bad habit of mine… procrastination and inefficiency.
I really need to pull my act together in the new year and finish off my todo list for rev.iew.me and the quilting bee, and I also need to finish the latest round of updates for my scripts. With this in mind, I’ve decided on the following resolutions:
- Complete two things before promising any one script or tutorial. No more “sure, I’ll get that done for you”, only to add yet another trouble to my to-do list.
- Work on my scripts. That means releasing the extra spam protection for NinjaLinks, and the collective add-on for BellaBuffs.
- Put a little TLC in to my website. I didn’t do much with this site in 2008, and this was reflected in both a half-broken install of WordPress and my slowly dwindling hits.
- Don’t be afraid to share responsibility. I’ve got a horde of staff at the quilting bee and several active members of rev.iew.me who I know would gladly help out, but I get paranoid about asking for help. I need to get over this.
I also need to start re-addressing the way I work (at work). I tend to go through ups and downs of productivity, and when I’ve got less on I check my mail and read PHP blogs and e-books. While this isn’t necessarily a waste of time, there are internal projects and dated jobs I could and should be finishing off. Likewise, better prioritisation would help me manage my time when there’s lots to do, so I need to communicate better with my boss and colleagues.
It’s all about working harder, coding faster, and making the most of my free time in 2009.