Christian Heilmann

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Look back at 2009 and resolutions for 2010

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Well it is the beginning of 2010 so time to talk about some resolutions.

  • As I am planning to get a lighter laptop to lug around my main resolution will go down from 1400×900 to 1280×800 – unless Apple will change that for the new 13”.
  • My place is a mess – the reason is that I am never here. So my resolution for this year is:

** De-clutter my flat

** Throw away (or bring to the charity shop or give to @pekingspring to sell at the Amnesty International boot sales) stuff I don’t need – and that is a lot. I have unpacked moving crates from my flat back in Germany (1999).

** Use my flat more (I lived here for 4 years and yet have to use the oven!)

** Work more from home

  • Check my financial situation and what is working for me – I have money and I have a few insurances and private pension plans but I got no clue what they are any more. Also, I have quite a few shares and I am totally oblivious to what they are worth and what I can do with them.
  • Write another book
  • Organize (or help organize) another small conference
  • Concentrate more on the topics of security and performance.
  • Do something awesome for my parents as they need to get out of the house and have trouble traveling.
  • Pick my battles instead of trying to change things that should have changed years ago but are hindered by complacency.
  • I will go to Iceland this year – I have always wanted to and in 10 years in England I never managed to.
  • I will also try to get to New Zealand and South Africa this year.

Interestingly enough 2009 was a very cool year for me and if I had had any resolutions last year these were the ones I was able to fulfill:

  • I spoke a lot at conferences and released a lot of articles, blog posts, code and tutorials.
  • I’ve reached out to audiences I hadn’t tapped beforehand (domainer conference, design agencies and museum brownbags…)
  • I’ve tech-edited a book and a few chapters and I was judge at some competiions – I like doing that a lot.
  • I’ve lost a lot of weight by going to the gym a lot – there’s even the outline of a 4-pack visible (yes I know there is something wrong with this).
  • I’ve been to Japan – something I always wanted to do (shame I was sick when I was there). I’ve also been to Australia which is something I always wanted to.

I think this is about it – I am back to bed now.

So what will I try to do in 2009?

Monday, December 29th, 2008

(Normally I tend not to write any personal posts here, but hey, why not?)
It is the end of the year and time for new year’s resolutions. Luckily I had a great year and did most of the things I planned to do (the classics like losing weight, cleaning up the flat, changing my work and so on) worked out swimmingly. I gave a lot of talks, trained a lot of people, re-invented my job and organized my own event. All in all I am very happy about all that.

So then, for the coming year I’ve just written an article for Digital Web that will be released in the new year that covers a lot of my thoughts on what I want to do. Generally I am seeing harsh times ahead – people are spooked out by the financial recession and the short time fixes (yes, layoffs). This means to me that I am planning to do a few things differently to give myself space to work with colleagues and contacts to get through this.

My laundry list for the year:

  • be more moderate – I can get very cross about things that in the big picture are not of that much importance (this has improved constantly over the last few years though)
  • concentrate my work on markets and environments I hadn’t covered much this year – specifically universities as environments and South East Asia as markets (I am already scheduled for 3 university hack days in the US and India and plan to find more Hong Kong/China/Signapore/Australia/Taiwan/Korea assignments)
  • finish my work for the Opera Web Standard Curriculum (sorry Chris, I have delayed a lot)
  • write (or at least start) another book – this time for O’Reilly
  • look closer at my finances (I am terrible at that)
  • turn my flat into more of a home than a place to change suitcases
  • take Scripting Enabled more on the road. Somehow the “go forth and do it” doesn’t work that well…
  • clean out ;)

Let’s see how I will succeed.