A quick blog post about things learned and accomplished in 2013 and areas of focus for 2014.
By writing them down I hope there’s more chance of me actually following through.
New software/apps/tools for 2013
Some of these apps I had used before, but in 2013 I found myself becoming more reliant on them and working them into my daily routine.
- Sublime for coding. Previously I was using TextMate.
- iTerm 2 for terminal.
- Inboard for design inspiration.
- Optimizely for A/B testing.
- A standing desk at work. Love it.
Things I shipped in 2013
- Helped launch Runnable.
- Launched Flask.
- Launched CodeShare.
- Launched a new Mailgun website and control panel.
Books read in 2013
- Insights by Elliot Jay Stocks and Keir Whitaker
- The Lean Entrepreneur by Patrick Vlaskovits and Brant Cooper
- Execute by Drew Wilson and Josh Long
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
- Lean Analytics by Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz
- Lean UX by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden
- Pocket Guide series by Five Simple Steps and Co.
- Remote by Jason Fried and DHH
Goals for 2013
A look back at some areas of focus I set myself this time last year.
1. Shipping. Success. Shipped several projects at work and outside of work. It feels good to get stuff out there. 3. Write less. Success. I tried to write shorter posts and only blog once a month. This included a couple of posts on Medium.
Compete in a triathlon. Success. This was a 2012 goal that I failed but accomplished on 2013. 0.5 mile swim, 19 mile cycle, 4 mile run, 1hr 45min.
Areas of focus for 2014
1. Projects with (sustainable) business models I tend to launch side projects that don’t make money, or very little. This is mostly fine, as they’re usually for learning purposes, but it’s about time I started focusing more on monetization strategies, business models and customers.
3. Educating others More how-to tutorials, a more focused blog, talking at events, hosting work shops, writing a book, teaching in schools. Something along those lines.
4. Educating myself There are a tone of great online courses available now, and in person workshops, lots of which have been on my to-do list for too long. Time to set aside some time to do them.
Have a good 2014.
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