New Year's resolutions for web designers and developers
I wrote this post a while back. The content can still be relevant but the information I've linked to may not be available.
I don't usually make New Year resolutions but this year I have made a few freelance web design/development ones for myself. In no particular order:
Read more books and finish them
I bought quite a few web designer and developer books last year but did not manage to finish all of them, despite the excellence of the authors. This year, I plan to remedy that by setting aside more time for book reading.
Learn a new language or programming skill
I'm not a hardcore developer but I like learning new things that take me outside the usual comfort zone. A few years ago, I did this with PHP but I figure now I should be at least investigating Ruby on Rails or similar web development environment. Perhaps it should be CakePHP or another PHP framework like CodeIgniter?
Try and focus on bigger projects
I am aware that quite a few projects/jobs that I do are quite small. There's nothing inherently wrong with that but I think I need to spend more time on larger projects that last a bit longer rather than jumping around all over the place.
Learn to say 'No' or plan ahead
Last year I was swamped by work on a few occasions. I managed to get through everything but it was not always a pleasant experience. This year, I'd like to try and even things out if I can by saying 'No' to some projects and by scheduling work more evenly over the course of each month.
Buy a Mac
I've been thinking about this recently. When my Windows laptop expires (likely this year) should I replace it with a Mac? There are some nice web designer/developer tools like Coda for Mac and Windows Vista looks to be pretty hardware intensive, which makes it less attractive in my eyes. Perhaps I should swap to a Mac running Parallels?
If nothing else, I hope that these my resolutions will focus my mind on new things when I need to. Here's to a successful 2008!