A review of 2014 and plans for 2015
- Writing: I’ve written 30 posts this year compared to 15 in 2012. I’m not
great at writing, but it’s getting better. This blog got 7,904 visits this year
compared to 3,271 last year. I think it’s a bit of a fluke due to one
high-traffic post. I’ve started writing 750 words a day, a lot of
which turns into blog posts. This explains why I’ve been posting more often
- Focus: I’ve cut down on a lot of online life to focus on pretty much 2
things: Work and my contribution to Mozilla. Burnout is real and I’ve gone
through it. Not doing that again :) This year’s daily focus is going add an
hour or two of studying to that list.
- Read more non-fiction: I read at least 7 non-fiction books and they
were all a great read. I fully recommend following The Farnam Street if
you’d like recommendations.
- Travel: I’ve been to Tanzania, Germany, UK, and the US this year. Here’s to
more travels in 2015!
- Accounting. For the last 2 years, my accounts have been a mess. I caught up
this year and fixed them all up and I’ve paid back taxes until now and filed
returns to date. This year’s challenge is going to be tracking my spending more
tightly and budgeting a bit better.
Not quite success:
- An exercise habit. I love running now, though, I’m nowhere close to
consistent. It didn’t help that I had quite a bit of travel and moved cities
this year. I’m hoping the somewhat better stability this year will help. Since
July, I’ve only had 15 workouts. I’m hoping to have about 120 work outs this
year. That’s 3 workouts a week with a 20% leeway.
- Learn C. Going to try this one again. I tried unsuccessfully to learn Scala
and Haskell. In retrospect, I should have focused on just C. That’s what I’ll
try this year.
thing with backbone! This is definitely on my goals for this year
- Cut down on the unnecessary from my online life. I’ve stopped committing to
things I can’t finish, and given up commitments that I knew I couldn’t manage.
My move from Google also went pretty well. Right now, I’m stuck with a bit too
many servers. That’s a project to tackle this year.
- Work on my bachelor’s degree. For those of who don’t know me well enough,
I’ve still not finished a bachelor’s degree. I enrolled in a course in June
last year and I’ve been lazy about it till December. I’ve started working on it
strongly lately. My goal is to set a habit of spending at least 1 hour every
day for studies.
- Build more things. I completely enjoyed building the Salary
Converter in 2012 and hgstats this year. In 2015, I
want to build more things and play with new technology for some time. The
alternative is to improve the existing projects with some new technology. I’ve
been wanting to convert the Salary Converter into a fully JS app.