Every year I usully start with some grandiose vision of what I plan to achieve and generally dont follow through with it. This failure is caused by failing to breakdown goals and for having measurable achievements and regular reviews.
This year I plan on fixing all of these mistakes by using a simple notepad to collect and store all of my plans alongside using my diary both physical and online to enable me to at a glance know whats steps I need to be taking to reach these goals. Too many times using an online tool results in me getting bog down with another task and not focusing on achieving my goals. The use of a physical notepad allows me to focus and gather my thoughts way better without any distractions.
My plans for 2018 is to learn more C++. I have found the more C++ I have learnt the better I have become in many other areas of my DBA role. I plan on doing a lot more C++ problem solving on Project Euler and some other Competitive coding site to enable me to further grow and refine my skills.
This year I want to truely ensure that I use PowerShell in my daily activities to automate and make my life easier as a DBA. I have a dream of going to work and simply running a script to do daily my routine tasks which would allow me to surf hacker news all day. This might be a complete fantasy but I think I can get very close to it. Alongside PowerShell I want to master the Pester framework so that I can learn and integrate a TDD approach to coding rather than my current haphazard style.
As a DBA my bread and butter is SQL Server and this year I plan on learning more about Performance Tuning as I think that this year I can make a massive difference to our internal platform by being able to make our SQL queries run suer efficiently.
My low priority learning goal is to learn more about Windows Server, Hyper-V & Docker. This will help me with my day to day work but I doubt it will allow any quantum leap in my ability to do my DBA work.
I plan on blogging about these 4 areas but I dont want to commit to doing more than a fortninghtly post as I want to ensure regular content without making this goal a distraction from my learning goals.
The regular reviewing is already underway with a series of appointments in my calender with my wife to make sure that I am staying focused on achieving these goals and makng sure that my 2018 plans are a success.