As shown by the frequency of updates to this blog my focus has been squarely elsewhere since the beginning of the year, but i’ve got a good excuse. I promise.
At the start of this year I began working as a QA Engineer at an exciting start up in Portland and i’ve barely had a chance to stop and catch my breath since. Rereading my last post I realize that I still have the same goals, but I need to be smarter about giving myself the room and prioritizing my time in order to be successful. I’d like to have a killer #DevYear, but i’d also like to crush it at work as a QA Engineer.
How do you set aside time to grow? It helps if you like what you do, and I do. But beyond that simply saying that you’ll apply yourself when free time presents itself isn’t enough.
My goals are heavily anchored around projects, realistic and attainable projects that achieve things I want for myself and require me to grow in areas I desperately want to. If I have a project as opposed to a learning goal I can schedule time and adhere to it much more strictly and quantifiably.
The culmination of that is in two large ongoing projects: An online magazine and a web application.
By focusing my work around these projects instead of a nebulous goal like “I’d like to become proficient at [insert skill here]” I have created deliverables for myself.
I plan to really grow my skills in the following areas by executing on these projects:
- Writing long and short form articles
- Visual design (UX/UI)
- Project Management
- Time Management and estimates
- Business planning
- SEO, traffic creation, and online advertising
Talk to you soon,