2016 goals review | 2017 goals

Trying to sneak this in under the radar, this post is a little late! Happy New Year!

Last year, for the first time on this blog, I set myself some goals.  Admittedly some of these didn’t go to plan – not all goals go according to plan. Here is a summary of my 2016 goals and then my goals for 2017.

2016 goals:

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360 GSP Blog awards – Top 50 Blogs in IT

50 must-read IT Blogs by 360 GSP is a compiled list of top IT blogs that their students can use as further resource material to develop their knowledge and achieve their goals. I like this approach and feel it is important for training providers to go that extra mile to help students.

Head on over to the list on the 360 GSP site to discover some interesting IT blogs!

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Happy New Year! My goals in 2016

2016 goals

Firstly, Happy New Year everyone! I was lucky enough to watch the fireworks in London with my partner and it was so cool! For anyone that has not been before. I would highly recommend!

I did not blog last year on goals and I thought I would take this as an opportunity to do so. I do not believe in resolutions, as these tend to be short lived. Therefore I have a list of goals that I want to achieve in 2016. This will enable me to reflect on my progress at the end of the year, making a commitment to myself. Its written down, set in stone!

My Goals in 2016 are:

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Laser Eye Surgery – My Experience with Optimax, Maidstone (29/11/2013)

A little over a year ago, on the 29th of November 2013, I underwent Laser Eye Surgery at Optimax based in Maidstone. I’m glad to say a year later I still have my eyesight and don’t regret the decision at all.

I had an astigmatism, my readings before surgery were:

Left eye:

Sphere: -0.25 | Cylinder: -3.75

Right eye:

Sphere: 0.25 | Cylinder: -2.75

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Open University Student IT Tips & Deals

Last updated 24/09/2014

I have been with the Open University now for a few years studying Computing & IT and Business and thought I would give my views on some good IT tips students can take advantage of to ensure their work is secure and backed up.

Spotify

Spotify is a great way to listen to music when studying and on the go, allows you to listen on your iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Windows smart phone and Windows. Get yourself an NUS card for around £12 a year (as of posting) and save 50% of a yearly subscription on Spotify – saving of £60 (£48 if you include the NUS). If you already have a subscription paying the full price, I believe you can still get the offer, if not just cancel and re-sub.

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Open University – B120 – An introduction to business studies

I don’t normally blog about my success with the Open University (I do tweet from time to time) but at the moment I am buzzing. I am studying towards a degree in BSc Computing & IT and Business and am currently studying B120 – An introduction to business studies.

I have completed two assignments and even though I have found this course so damn hard (not knowing anything about business) I have been surprising myself and doing really well! by using simple techniques from college – understand and deciphering the question.

When I get feedback such as:

Your application of Hackman and Oldham was quite simply the best I've seen on any B120 presentation, it had the lot.  I would never give full marks for anything easily - and I will always look for one little slip that allows me to give under fullmarks.  But I couldn't find one - worth the 40 marks - very well done.

I feel epic and knowing what I am doing is correct! I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself, if I know something is awful… I have to keep going (even when hitting a brick wall) this was true of my last assignment and got to the point where I just submitted… the score? 88/100 (distinction) and the comments above.

I think sometimes I am too hard on myself, Will I stop being hard on myself? no chance it has results! I know if I stop… I’ll start slacking and the scores will reflect this

This has motivated me to keep on going and to achieve more success with the Open University and  with other aspects in my life. If you work hard and are dedicated, results will follow.