Another year has passed by and it has been, what you can say, an interesting year for better or worse. The first six months hummed along and honestly I don't remember much of it. It seems like years ago. Then, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, between March and June I worked from home. Once the stay at home orders were lifted, I came back to the office along with some other of my coworkers. Some haven't come back and are working from home due to family/child needs.
I'm going to be gentle on myself as because of the pandemic everything seems more stressful and I feel like maybe things just haven't gone as well.
What have I learned this year?
- CSS is getting easier and easier but as it's getting easier, I'm learning to do more complex things with it. I'm discovering more pseudo-elements, functions, and also gaining more deep knowledge on how it all works. I feel like I can better explain what I'm doing and why.
- I still write down my daily accomplishments. Since I'm still doing it, I feel like there's worth in it. I do think it gives me perspective. A lot of the same things from last year apply. My Second Year As A Web Developer
- I think I'm getting better at talking on the phone with clients.
What do I hope to accomplish in the next year?
- More site construction projects. I didn't do much on that front except help with projects. At this point, with being in support, I don't think that's going to happen unless we get another support person.
- I'm going to continue to work on my confidence and not allowing myself to get too down on myself when I feel like I can't solve an issue.
- I need to speak up more in meetings and share ideas and thoughts more. I think I need to start writing things down because a lot of times I feel like I draw up blanks.
- I'd like more billable hours but that's all dependent on how much work comes in. I feel like in the the past I had more billable hours or the same but I feel like I'm doing more work now. I think it's that I'm getting quicker at building and solving issues that come in so I do more work in less time.
- As for phone skills, I think I still need improvements on support calls in which I am not knowledgeable about the issue.
- I do want to dive into more asp.net stuff to understand more of that code. I don't care too much about doing server side programming but I'd like to understand more of C#.