Formalizing My Commitments
During the last Homebrew Website Club I started informally documenting my 2018-01-01 Commitments, but they were just tagged onto the end of other content. I now want to actually dedicate a post to them!
For those unfamiliar, these are a list of website goals and tasks that you aim to accomplish before the new year. Last year, I did a fairly good job at achieving most of my goals. Since I’m now working toward being more proactive at posting and writing, I figured a good way to hold myself accountable is by listning my objectives. So, here we are!
Last year I intentionally made my commitments a combination of technical and non-technical goals. This ended up being a great approach for me because I could shift my focus whenever I hit a slump. For me, being able to alternate between two different types of task is something that helps me push further.
These goals are directly related to technical aspects of my site. Here they are:
- Implement local environment + Git workflow for WordPress development
- Make child theme of SemPress theme and add more style + personalization
- Create template for project documentation pages
- Decide on (and refine) taxonomies and information architecture for site
- Add project pages for past and current projects:
- Write 3 posts in December
- Curate and archive previous content from past year
On Scope and Goal Setting
One of my biggest places for improvement is that I tend to create lofty goals that are out of scope for a given time frame. I don’t have this issue at work, but whenever it comes to personal projects and tasks I tend to aim too high. The goals in my commitment this year are within reach and specific. I know that some of these are multi-faceted and are potentially rabbit holes (especially switching up my development environment / workflow) but are high priority for me. I’m going to use our meetings throughout December to check in on my progress and, if necessary, modify and refine. Cheers!