2018 Goals: Books, This Website, Yoga & (Machine) Learning

7 days into the new year and here are my goals for the next 51 weeks.

This year I’m trying something new by posting them here in the hope that accountability will follow (willpower much?). Typically I forget to plan the “How” involved in achieving each goal so I’ve also included that. Along the way I am planning to post updates on how things are developing.

1. Read more… 1 book a month

This one pretty much features every year. I start off strong, then lose my way, then get back into it. A goal of 1 book a month is easily achievable, although I only managed 10/12 last year. I’ll be posting my list of books to tackle in a separate post very soon.

How will I achieve this? Read on the commute to work at least 3 days a week.

2. Create more… 1 post a week on chrishannay.co.uk

I have a big vision for what I want this website to be; in additional to being a portfolio of my professional projects, I want to use it as a vehicle to document my goals (hello), my progress, my takeaways, my learnings and my thoughts.

How will I achieve this? Related to goal 1, every time I complete a book I am going to write up my takeaways in a post. In addition to this, I have a backlog of content I need to get written (project write ups, previous book summaries, …). For the first few months we should be ok.

3. Stretch more… 1 yoga class a week

As I’ve grown older I’ve realised the problem with having tight hamstrings, tight hip flexors and a tight neck. Having just completed a full round of sessions with a chiropractor I’m determined to stretch more and improve my flexibility. A big plus to this goal is that my 2017 goal of achieving an unassisted hand stand was a complete and utter failure so let’s make this a case of “2 birds, 1 stone”.

How will I achieve this? My work is located near to a Virgin Active that does a good Vinyasa Yoga class on Thursday lunch times. This will be my first attempt each week. Failing this, I’ve recently got my hands on a Broga DVD which is exactly the same as the class I used to do… just need to hook the player back up to my TV.

4. Learn more… Machine Learning

It’s now been over 10 years since I started my degree. Throughout my years at Warwick I studied and used many different machine learning algorithms. At the time I had no comprehension of how important these and other AI would come to be. Enter 2018…

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Growth of the term “machine learning” in Google searches since the start of 2012

Whilst I’ve worked hard to include aspects of machine learning into the Products I’ve worked on over the past 5 years (you’ll see this covered soon in my portfolio), I want to up my learning of the tools and capabilities available today.

How will I achieve this? Complete this course… it’s over 40 hours (~1 hour a week) and I will be playing with data along the way.

So here goes… 51 weeks to achieve the above… wish me luck! I’m excited to share progress and failures along the way.

If you’ve set yourself goals for this year, good luck(!) and let me know what they are in the comments below.

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