Annual Work Reflection 2022
🎄 Soon is Christmas, and it’s always good to recap at the end of the year. The years always fly by like nothing, but a lot happened in the last year. My main goal is always to be true to myself and learn something new every day (if possible).
I’m proud of what I achieved this year, some of which I would have thought were possible. But many things are possible by slowly keeping going and believing in myself.
👨🏻🎓 New skills I learned in 2022:
- Using vim as my full-time editor 🙃 For people who don’t know, it’s essentially an editor without menus and mouse functions. The cool thing, I use the vim motions for writing and coding, and it’s the best thing that happened to my productivity. I wrote about my Personal Knowledge Management Workflow for a Deeper Life
- Solving a Rubik’s cube in under 2 minutes (my goal is one minute) - if you like to learn, I took some notes on Rubiks Cube- How to solve it
- Building a true Second Brain and using it for all parts of my life. It’s another game-changer for this year.
- Switching to a strange-looking Kinesis ergonomic keyboard and relearning typing while switching from the CH layout to the US. This seems small, but relearning muscle memory is quite hard.
🏆 Some highlights that I achieved this year:
- I left my comfort zone and started a part-time job as a part-time writer after being a full-time engineer before/.
- Besides the personal Second Brain, I published a public version with a nice workflow of adding a hashtag #publish to my personal note. At the same time, I redesigned the Blog and the Second Brain.
- I started a connected Data Glossary from scratch.
- Data Insights with deep dive into different fields of data engineering.
- Created a new Open Data Stack Project with hands-on examples open on GitHub.
- Guest blog with Databricks.
- The first appearance on YouTube Data Engineer Turns His Hobby Into a Six-Figure Career.
- First live Stream (and Podcast Spotify) with Delta Lake and Denny Lee.
- Called among the Top 25 Data Engineering Voices.
- And many more.
I don’t know your take if you have read this far, but hopefully, it inspires and motivates me to write or learn new things. There are a lot of talks about hustling all the time, but it doesn’t have to be crazy at work (as this excellent It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work describes best).
It’s much more sustainable if you take your time and do things slowly or at your pace. Most of the above grew over a very long period, and now was just a good year where I could convert a lot of it into tangible projects. Find your motivation and purpose, and the rest will come automatically.
With that, I wish you all a good vacation time and a beautiful Christmas time with family and friends. And thanks for all the support and constructive comments along the way. I am looking forward to a beautiful 2023 with you all.