Things I Want to Focus on in 2023
As the dawn of a new year breaks, many of us find ourselves reflecting on the past and contemplating the future. It is usually a time for self-assessment, evaluation and making plans.
Unlike in 2019 and 2020, where my focus has been on technologies to learn and new languages and frameworks to pick, this year, my focus revolves around pragmatism and deliberation, guided by a set of objectives within areas where I can make a tangible difference.
Publish more articles: In my last article, I outlined my plan for adopting a digital garden mindset for my blog to enable me to publish more frequently without striving for perfectionism. I hope to spend more time writing articles for myself rather than tweaking my website design and adding unnecessary features.
Embrace just-in-time learning: In the past, I’ve tried to learn everything about a new tech stack before I started using it, which often led to being overwhelmed and giving up. Additionally, I have wasted time learning numerous languages and frameworks that I rarely put into practice and eventually forget. This year, I will only invest my time in learning new languages and frameworks if I see a need for them. I will prioritize practical application over acquiring knowledge for the sake of it.
Become a creator: To share my knowledge, insights, and experiences, I will embrace various avenues of creativity. These include:
Writing Articles: I will focus on producing articles that provide practical solutions, in-depth explanations, and valuable insights within my areas of expertise.
Developing npm Packages: I intend to create and release npm packages that solve common problems or enhance existing frameworks and libraries, contributing to the developer community.
Designing Starter Themes: To facilitate efficient project kick-starts, I will craft starter themes for popular frameworks, allowing developers to begin their projects with a solid foundation.
Speaking: By actively participating in speaking engagements, conferences, or meetups, I aim to share my knowledge and experiences with a broader audience.
Open source contributions: I aim to foster engagement and increase my involvement within the open-source community. These include contributing to existing projects, collaborating with other developers, and potentially starting and maintaining my own open-source projects. By actively participating in OSS, I aim to give back to the community and enhance my skills.
Building a Personal Project: To apply my knowledge and skills effectively, I will undertake a personal project that aligns with my interests and serves a practical purpose. By working on a meaningful project, I can challenge myself, learn new technologies, and showcase my abilities to potential employers.
By focusing on these objectives, I hope to optimize my time and be the best version of myself in 2023. This blog post serves as a public to-do list that I can look back on at the end of the year, hopefully with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
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