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What's your new year's resolution?

EDIT 2012-01-05

I can't really tick off any of my resolutions from last year:

  • I don't really speak FOR XML that fluently, though I might have used the clause more often in 2011 than in 2010.
  • I finished three out of five distance courses at Uni. Two left project reports left to be written. It's not really a goal to finish them anymore, but I might go back to them just to boost my ego with some university credits.
  • The blog... No, it hasn't been updated very often...
  • I did run a few kilometers in 2011. But it wasn't enough to finish the only race I started :(

But I did change jobs, after 10,5 years in the same place. I'm now working full time as database developer/database architect instead of sharing my time between project management, VB.Net and databases.

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(This might be slightly off topic...)

As I probably won't be in tomorrow, I'd like to wish everyone a safe ending of 2010, and a happy, brand new year 2011.

I found this lovely site in June 2010 and have since then been visiting more or less every day. I learn new things almost every day, both from reading other's answers but also from being challenged by the questions to explore SQL Server.

Thanks everyone who asks and answers questions!

My New Year's resolution is to speak FOR XML more fluent when 2011 has ended. What's yours?

EDIT

Adding to the above, I'll add some more specific things I'd like to accomplish during 2011.

  • Finish the five SQL-courses I have started at Stockholm University. The courses are online, and I'll finish them parallell to my normal work. I got the first course approved - Database administration for SQL Servers - with the grade A. The other four are Report handling for SQL Server, XML in relational databases (thus the Speak FOR XML fluent resolution), Design and optimisation of SQL for relational databases (this course is finished, I'm waiting for approval of the final project) and Optimization for better performance in SQL Server. These courses will bring me one step closer to the academic degree I didn't finish.
  • Regular updates of blog. I have written a few articles on my blog SQL Server på Svenska (SQL Server in Swedish) and I will try to find the time to write more.
  • RUN! I ran two marathons during 2009. 2010 has been a year almost without running, due to a sore muscle. I'm aiming at finishing Lidingöloppet, a 30km race, in September, so I better start running soon. This goal also requires substantial weightloss...
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asked Dec 30, 2010 at 01:31 AM in Site discussion (meta-askssc)

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Everyone should update their answers to see how (or if) any goals were meet...
Jan 02, 2012 at 03:59 PM Shawn_Melton
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15 answers: sort voted first

Get out of my comfort zone - both at work and in my private life. It has worked well in the past, but has slowed a little since the last major one (switched jobs 2 years ago).

I would like to speak at some sort of SQL Server thing (I hate speaking in front of more than 2 people!) - this would be scary, but provide the much needed kick up the proverbial to improve my technical communication skills (and SQL knowledge).

Would also like to gain weight (about 10Kg), healthily.

EDIT: 2012-01-05

2011 was quite a successful year for me.

I managed to gain 5Kg, not the 10 I wanted, but a good start.

I got out of my comfort zone on a number of occasions, the most intense being my SQL Road Trip. That pushed me to my limits and I loved it!

I didn't speak at any public SQL events - I don't see that as a problem though, seeing as I had my surprise round the world trip instead. That involved me doing presentations to company directors, so I did some sort of speaking this year. On top of that, I have started giving internal training sessions at work. This is sort of doing the SQL presentations I want to get into, with the reduced pressure of talking in front of colleagues instead of a "real" audience.

I have some exciting stuff coming up in 2012 that won't allow me to plan much for the first half of the year, so I'm holding back on promises/resolutions for 2012.
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answered Jan 03, 2011 at 03:55 AM

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You have have ten of my kilograms :)
Jan 03, 2011 at 04:04 AM Magnus Ahlkvist
Magnus - if I accepted that offer every time i heard it.....
Jan 03, 2011 at 04:53 AM WilliamD
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  • Get a job that actually brings me some income, where I want to stay. The Atlantis stuff has been fun, and it's given me the opportunity to learn huge amounts and become a lot more involved in the community - but it doesn't pay the bills.
  • Move house. I'd like to have enough room to swing a cat. Not that I swing cats regularly, or at all, but that's how the phrase goes.
  • Give up smoking. This one is one of those late-starter new years resolutions.
  • Get certified. I have a lot to learn.
  • Be a better dad. Improvement is always possible!
That's about it :)
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answered Jan 04, 2011 at 01:10 AM

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in a semi serous tone - stopping the smoking will make you a better Dad - you will be around longer and set a better example ... J
Jan 04, 2011 at 01:30 AM Fatherjack ♦♦

I'd give you a job - no problem. You'd have to move to germany though!

That would tick off the top two, certification wouldn't be a problem either.....
Jan 04, 2011 at 01:39 AM WilliamD
@Fatherjack - noted! :) @WilliamD - I would love to - but persuading the wife that she wants to move 50 miles is proving hard enough at the moment!
Jan 04, 2011 at 03:16 AM Matt Whitfield ♦♦
Anytime is a good time to stop smoking...Good luck on your move, hopefully selling your house isn't the nightmare ordeal it is here in the states. And as someone once said, love where you live and work--you're going to spend a lot of time there.
Jan 04, 2011 at 05:15 AM Scot Hauder
House sales in UK? Don't get me started... I spent 9 years working for law firms that were heavily into the conveyancing business. For some reason they both went under in 2009!
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Mine are (in no particular order):

  • get 2008 Admin MCITP
  • Read more books
  • Do more writing for my blog.
  • Oh, and try to understand more about how some of the quite spectacular answers here actually work
Basically, lots of stuff that requires me to spend time honing my craft, which is probably a good thing.
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answered Dec 30, 2010 at 02:26 AM

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Add in a goal for the year - crack 10k rep here!
Dec 30, 2010 at 02:26 AM ThomasRushton ♦
Heh. I think I can just roll all these over from last year to this year.
Jan 03, 2012 at 08:04 AM ThomasRushton ♦
And again... Except for the 10k rep bit.. :-)
Dec 30, 2012 at 09:04 PM ThomasRushton ♦
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Mine is to get MCITP Certification in Denali, then need to learn Storage Management and Administration, need to get more involved in ASKSSC.
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answered Dec 30, 2010 at 01:53 AM

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spend time with family, take them to vacation. send a lot with kids. " what i feel is gaining perfection and knowledge is our daily job. but this year i spent a lot on monitoring server not my kids. this year i will do it. got approved to use sql monitor and monitoring tool"

sorry if wrong
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answered Dec 30, 2010 at 03:12 AM

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