Goals for the Year 2012

February 9, 2012 | Author: | In: Everyday Life

Back in my early 20′s I thought the concept of setting goals was silly as I never usually accomplish them. All I could think of back then was just getting through university during the day and surviving being a night shift shelf packer at Woolworths during the night. Now that I’m heading towards to the big three zero in only a few years and having been through only the starting point of my career I have come to think very differently about a lot of things. One of those is setting goals.

The whole idea of setting a goal had actually started last year when I set only just a single goal: to lose weight. At the start of last year I moved into a new job and I thought I should change my lifestyle to suit it. So by going on a diet and eventually joining a gym, I did manage to lose quite a bit of weight, even though I put in only 60% effort. But seeing the results of achieving my goal I realised how important it is to set a goal to improve my lifestyle. So this year I shall do the same. This year there are 4 main goals!

1) Continue to Lose Weight

Even though I am not as heavy as I was this time last year, I still have a little way to go until I reach my goal weight. At this moment I still have a good 8 kgs to go (would have been only 6 kgs if it weren’t for the Christmas holidays and Chinese New Year). Although recently I have been slacking off but I should fix that very soon.

2) Improve my web development skills

So far I’m in my 4th year as web developer, but entering my 3rd year as a PHP developer, and I thought I was pretty good. Since joining my current company I realised that I’m still quite junior in my skills. My coding style is still vanilla style coding as only last year I started to develop in an object oriented fashion. Being exposed to the open source e-commerce platform Magento it was quite a steep learning process but what I gained was all the stuff I was taught at uni about object oriented programming (which I actually did fail the first time). Though to go down to a further level this is a brief list of things in mind:

  • Learn to develop in an MVC pattern
  • Learn to use a framework such as CakePHP or Zend
  • Learn another programming language like Ruby (as well as Ruby on Rails) or Java
  • Learn more about SEO

In my current company, I’ve come a realisation that a developer really needs to know more than just the programming language they specialised in, since my job requires me to do both PHP and C#. However I’m not a fan of learning/using Microsoft technologies hence why I would rather learning Ruby on Rails or Java.

3) Learn Chinese and/or Japanese

Now this may seem like a long shot but having gone to Hong Kong and Japan again last year it’s a shame that my speaking ability in either language sucks. More shameful for Chinese since I am Chinese myself. But since I have dreams of working overseas in Asia I figured it’s best that I should at least learn one of the two languages. For Chinese, my family speaks Cantonese but I think I will learn Mandarin. MrOptic tells me I should learn Mandarin as then Cantonese will be easier later.

4) Save money for my own house

I actually had grand plans set out for me to head to China for some business opportunites. However things did not work out and thus I am once again stuck in Australia. Since it has come to this and realising I am edging towards the big three zero, it’s time to start some serious saving. I now no longer buy anime merchandise, in fact I’m trying to sell some at the moment, and I am already off to a good start. If I am still here in Australia, I look at buying at the end of 2012.

So those are my 4 main goals for 2012. Lets hope I can achieve most of them!

4 Responses to Goals for the Year 2012



February 14th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Chinese could come in handy later. A lot of things are connected with them today. It could become an asset… though you say you want to live in Asia. I don’t know how it is in that region.
Learning both Japanese and Chinese at the same time can cause some confusion, since the same symbols mean something else.

Once I learned C(++) after PHP, programming languages started looking the same to me, so it shouldn’t be a big deal to learn a new one. I, like didn’t know any Perl, and learned the basics in 2 days or so from the documentation.
Anyway, what’s “vanilla style”? PHP inside HTML?



February 14th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Yeah I understand that reading in Chinese and Japanese mean different things but at this stage it’s more being able to at least take a step forward in being able to read kanji.

Vanilla style programming is basically all your business logic and displaying is all done in a single page. So like DB calls to fetch data and processing etc.



February 28th, 2012 at 5:28 am

Hey, great blog!

Do you read the blog over on Manga UK? They post some really interesting articles and I think it may interest you!




May 9th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

We almost have the same goals this 2012 but I’m more focused on attracting vistors on my blog :) I’m a graduate of computer science too and works as a Support Analyst and do some QA, I quit my job to focus on problogging but It doesn’t look well. Anyway If I haven’t achieved my goals on my forecasted timeframe I’ll get back working again since I may go broke :P

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