Paying It Forward

I have to admit that the following was not a planned encounter, the intention was not to use or teach the things of this course to anyone initially. Instead I was asked by someone for some advice specifically in regards to organizing one’s thoughts, managing tasks and time management. Without even realizing it I started reflecting on this course and the portion where we learned about Nozbe and keeping task lists and getting organized. My first reaction in the case where someone asked me how to get focused on the task at hand was the exercise we did where we wrote down everything we were thinking about at the time. I can remember getting in front my whiteboard and later a piece of paper and just writing everything I was currently thinking about down. I told them to try this. The result for me was a sense of relief since I no longer had to think about everything and could refer back to the list.

This technique alone is one that I plan to use with many people who constantly ask me how I am able to manage my daily tasks and make time for extra curricular activities. It is very neat trick that really did free my mind to focus on what I needed to. Once written I could review the list, organize the list and even prioritize the list. This made it easy to see what really mattered and what I could put off or what I really didn’t need to worry about.

Given my current position teaching in a bootcamp and the amount of tasks we throw at each apprentice I see this as a great way to pay it forward. I can help those apprentices that ask by sitting through this exercise with them, getting them started down the path and then I plan to follow up with them from time to time to see how things are going. For those that I have already started I plan to look in on them this coming week and see how things are going.

Thanks unstoppable for a great tool in my arsenal…

My Final Set Point

So this weekend marks the end of the Unstoppable Journey for me. I have been working to try and get caught up with a few of the blog posts and what not and really reflect on what this journey has meant. In this post I am going to rehash some of the previous points and see how things have changed over just these 12 weeks or so.

My Stand
My stand is really about being a positive force in this world. I want to avoid the unnecessary drama that surrounds matters, focus on what does matter and try and help those struggling overcome challenges and obstacles. I want to provide the advice and experience I can to those willing to listen and help shape the world for the next generation.

My Passion
My passion is really about programming, sports and mentoring. I love exercising my mind with learning more and more about the craft I have chosen for my life. I love picking up new programming languages, frameworks and bring ideas to reality through code. I also still love my baseball and being able to play each year. I look forward to taking that mound every opportunity I get. In both of these I love sharing my experiences and helping others learn what it is that I love so much. It brings me great joy to share this.

My Purpose
Change the world one line of code at a time sharing my journey and experiences along the way.

My Values

  • Continue to learn with each day
  • Always will myself to succeed
  • Mentor and be Mentored at every opportunity
  • Reach others through empathy and compassion
  • Be creative
  • Be passionate
  • Be Positive
  • Put my whole self into each task
  • Enjoy each day striving to make a difference

Short Term Goals
In the short term I hope to reshape how I spend my days and especially my free time. It is my goal to start focusing on my passions more and not be so easily distracted. Giving more time for the things I really enjoy doing should result in greater results than if I continue to go in multiple directions. Here are a few of the short term goals.

  • Write code 10 hours a week
  • Post one technical blog post each week
  • Run more miles than days in a given month
  • Play all 9 positions in a baseball game this year
  • Start Drawing one hour a week, every week

Dream Goals
Dream goals of mine would be things such as traveling and doing things I didn’t think I could still do. For instance on traveling, I would love to see the BaseBall Hall of Fame, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and not related to baseball I would love to travel to Ireland and see the old castles there. I would love to walkrun the long endless fields that I see in pictures and not have to worry about work or deadlines or anything but the cool breeze off the ocean.

Overall, I have seen more of an evolution of the different aspects of this course. I always knew many of these things but the ideals are becoming much clearer. I can’t wait to see how this comes with me passed this course.