Ambitions for 2019

Inspired by Jukesie’s Ambition posts, I thought I’d have a go at setting out some goals for myself for the year ahead. I will check in on these at quarterly intervals to update my progress.


Get Healthy

Last year was pretty challenging on a variety of fronts. To brute force my way through I ate poorly and didn’t sleep enough. I am resolved to do and feel much better this year.

  • Get a minimum of 7 hours sleep a night. Bonus points for 8 hours.
  • Throttle the carbs back to 150g per day.
  • Witness a downward trend on the readout of the scales.

Refocus My Work On My Strengths

In 2018 I inadvertently guided myself into a bit of a professional cul-de-sac. I knew where I was coming from, but I wasn’t entirely sure where I was going to. With that in mind here’s a statement of intent for the coming year…

If I’m fully bringing my purpose, values and skills to bear, I will be working on things that…

  • have a big picture vision attached.
  • meaningfully help people & deliver social good.
  • benefit from from openness, exploration and collaboration.
  • embrace the good bits of the Internet.
  • are actively trying to get rid of inertia inducing legacy IT.
  • have an environment conducive to supporting the above.

The Year of Weeknotes

I missed reflecting and working in the open last year. To make the habit stick this year, I’ve crafted a bit of a structure for myself which equates to…

  • 4 seasons (1 per quarter)
  • Up to 12 posts in a season with one season review.
  • A theoretical maximum of 51 weeknotes (I started one week late!)

A Basic Grasp of Wardley Mapping

I’ve been admiring the practice of Wardley Mapping from afar and I’d really like to start practically wrapping my head around it. Nothing is stopping me other than blocking the time out to do so.

  • Read the Wardley Maps ‘book’,
  • Create at least 2 wardley maps based on my knowledge of social housing.
  • Be able to explain the practice of Wardley Mapping to someone else with reasonable clarity.

Do A Podcast

I’m an avid podcast listener. I’m quite curious. I’m really interested in different & emerging ways of working. I enjoy asking questions and listening to people talk. It seems like all of these could overlap in an interesting way?

  • Create at least one small pilot episode to test my assumption that this is something I’d enjoy doing / that this is something that people would listen to.

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