2021 Goals

Posted on January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!

Every year I try to make some personal and professional goals. Last year was the first time I decided to hold myself additionally accountable by posting them in my blog. That worked out OK, so I’m going to do that again this year.

New Goals

My goals for 2021 are based on my goals from 2020 - mostly just moving around numbers to make them more realistic. 2020 was a weird year and definitely skewed how those goals turned out.

12 6 Fermentations

In 2020 I wanted to ferment 12 things: beer, kombucha, or anything really. It felt really weird going through with that last year without being able to reasonably share anything. This year I plan on doing 6 brews. Hopefully this accounts for enough time to allow vaccinations to become ubiquitous and sharing brews can happen again.

12 10 Open Source Contributions

Last year I aimed for 12 contributions and ended up with 9. This year I just want to push that a little further and get 10 pull requests out.

Read 3 2 Engineering Books

I just didn’t read anything from my engineering reading list last year. This year I’ll shoot for 2 things from that list.

Read 6 10 Thoughtful Books

In 2020 I read 7ish nonfiction books for personal growth (you can check them out in the link above), and this year I’d like to push that up to 10 books.

The Checklist

Just like 2020, in the spirit of accountability I’m going to keep a checklist of my goals on this page.

Fermentations ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌
Open Source Pull Requests βœ“ βœ“ βœ“ βœ“ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌
Engineering Reading List βœ“ ❌
Thoughtful Reading List βœ“ βœ“ βœ“ βœ“ βœ“ βœ“ βœ“ βœ“ ❌ ❌


I have a few additional goals that I have not put numbers to for the year. I’d like to keep up with some regular posts like I’ve done in the last 6 months. In 2020 I picked up the guitar again after years of not touching one, and I’d like to maintain a very regular practice schedule. I would also like to get more involved in my local community and activism this coming year as well. I don’t particularly want to put numbers to any of these things - it doesn’t seem likely that putting these in the checklist would create the desired result. These are just a few more things that I think will be important this year and hopefully having these published out here will help me stick to it.