I read a lot of blogs, as I’m sure you do. Many of them lately tell me about the author’s New Year’s resolutions – and I’m sure those are important. But I don’t think you care about mine. Neither do I.
In fact, as a family, we don’t make any. Since we don’t stay out late on the 31st, we have a breakfast early on the 1st as a family in a special restaurant. We have a little leather book that we record goals for the next year. Now that may sound like a set of resolutions, but it is a bit different. A resolution, to me, is kind of like “I hope to do this” kind of thing. A goal, on the other hand, is measurable. We record things like the stuff we want to accomplish individually in our physical, mental and spiritual lives, and the things we want to accomplish as a family. Once a month at the dinner table we open the book and hold each other accountable for the goals.
And that brings me to the point of this post – I think as a DBA it’s a good idea to make a few goals for this year. For instance, you might plan to learn and apply three new features in SQL Server or finish a certification. It doesn’t really matter, as long as it helps your organization, and more importantly, your own career. Make the goal, and then make a plan to reach it. Sure, you cold do this any time, but using today to do it just provides a useful "hangar" to get it done.