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Are you tackling any of these subjects in 2013?

It’s the last Friday of 2012. If you’re reading this, then I assume the world hasn’t ended and you are planning on starting the next year next week. This is the time of year where we often look forward and make resolutions with the best of intentions. Most people don’t keep many of their resolutions, though I’m not sure if this is because they aim too high or too far from their current path.

As this year ends, I’d like to ask you to think smaller, and think about your career. For the last poll of 2012, I wanted to ask this:

What’s your goal in 2013?

For your goal, I’d like you to think about one thing that you’d like to improve in your skill set in 2013. Is there one area of improvement that you’d like to tackle across 2013? I’m sure there is. SQL Server is a huge platform, and we all have holes in our knowledge.

With that in mind, I’d like you to think about something you wish you could do. Perhaps you want to understand how a tally table works, or you’d like to be able to get the versions for all your instances using PowerShell. Maybe you want to tackle something like The OLAP Sprint and improve your BI skills.

Choose one area, and then make a goal. Give yourself a concrete project to tackle. The project shouldn’t be large, and it shouldn’t take the entire year to complete. Drop a note in the discussion and then set an appointment for yourself that repeats every week, every two weeks, or every month and work on the project. Next year I’ll ask you if you actually accomplished your goal.

Steve Jones

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2 thoughts on “2013 Goals

  1. I’ve got a list of goals for this year, all of them hopefully fairly modest. My primarily professional goals are to continue with my certifications, and to improve my technical writing skills. I’m planning on getting my Development MCITP for 2008 and passing at least one of the exams for the MCSA for 2012. For the writing it’s mostly going to be practice practice practice. I’m going to continue my goal of one post a week on my blog and try to get at least another one or two articles written for SSC.

    1. Sounds like a good set of goals. Good for you and hope they work out. I’d recommend setting some reminders to make sure you work on this every week.

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