2020 is over, and brighter days are coming. On the last day of 2020, I want to reflect on the past year and setup some goals for the new 2021. The COVID-19 changed our lives and caused many losses, but I was, lucky enough, able to get on some new habits, chanllenges, and achievements in 2020.
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Reflections on 2020
Enjoyed staying more with family: I have been working from home since the late of March. At the very beginning, I worried my two screaming little girls would ruin my work at home. It turned out that I was completely wrong. They know when they can’t disturb me and when they can ask me to play games with them. I have got used to working from home and am really enjoying the time staying with them.
Learned about cloud skills: Cloud computing is key to the future industries. I feel lucky to have chances of learning about both Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. They are two of the top public cloud platforms in the world. I have successfully obtained three GCP certificates at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.
Started a manager role: I started a role as Manager of Operations Research on Sep. 16th. The quote from Steve Jobs below might be the best reason why I would move from a technical person to a manager. While it is a challenging, I’m learning to be a good manager.
“They are the great individual contributors who never, ever want to be a manager… But decide they have to be a manager because no one else is going to be able to do as good a job as them.” – Steve Jobs
Started two new good habits: Started with working from home, I have been getting up at 5am and running everyday. Running distance started from 0.7 miles increased to 3.0 miles now and I have reached total 150 miles two days ago!
Read books: I have finsihed 10 English and 10 Chinses books, in areas of history, business, management, computer, big data, productivity and time management, etc. I will take time to do a review on some of the great ones.
Wrote blogs: I’m not a blogger, but I like to write down what I have learned in a logging way. I have finished 7 tech blogs on GCP, Azure and Power BI. Please feel free to check them out:
Resolutions for 2021
- To be a better manager: keep learning and improving to a great manager.
- Get three certificates of Azure: Data Scientist, Administrator, and Solution Architect
- Read more books: at least one book per month and review some of the good ones.
- Write more blogs: at least one blog per month. Not only focus on techniques, but also on management.
- Run more miles: reach total 1,000 miles by the end of 2021.
- Spend less time on political media and news: political media and news are not good for health, neither physical nor mental.
- Take a long vacation for a long trip with family: This is what I owe the girls in 2020.