2017 Technology Resolutions

It’s traditional to make resolutions at the start of every year. I was inspired by one of my favorite tech sites and decided to make my own technology based new year’s resolutions.

Here we go!

1) Earn Apple’s “Ring in the New Year Challenge”

I’m a sucker for Apple’s fitness challenges. I never thought that I would get up early on Thanksgiving day and head to the gym for a 5K run on the tread mill. But I did! And it wasn’t half bad! Now, Apple has posted a new challenge to kick off the new year. They call it, “Ring in the New Year” and it involves closing all of your activity rings for an entire week in the month of January. I know I can do it – I did it the last week of December, but now I have to do it again!

2) Get started (again) with Learning Python

In the past, I have used PHP to create web apps that are used by teachers I support at work. However, over time I have moved on to other projects and my programming skills have decayed. I want to change that! I keep hearing good things about python and actually did give it a try last year. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to devote to it that I needed. I want to work on that! My plan is to pick out a project and work on it throughout the year.

3) Start a podcast

This past year I bantered around with one of my friends, Clay Reisler, the idea of starting a technology integration podcast. We almost had something going last year, but then got too busy. This year is the year though! Please check back in my projects tab later in the month to see this great project!

4) Continue with this blog!

I started this blog as a way to get myself writing and sharing more. I know it is unreasonable to expect to make a new post multiple times a week, but I’m going to try to get a few new thoughts out there every month as a start.

5) Ban the word ‘Busy’ from my vocabulary.

A lot of my friends on social media have declared 2017 the year of being present. I have decided to go a slightly different route and make 2017 the year that I don’t say ‘busy’ any more. No more answering the question, “how are you?” with “I’m good, but busy”. No more using “I’m too busy” as an excuse. Can I do it? We shall see!


Matt Lee