What I’m Working on Now

This page outlines what I plan to work on during the next month. It’s going to take me a while to get adjusted and see what I can actually do in a month with my new schedule.  I’m also going to include my goals for each item on the list.  This not only helps me stay on track with what to work on but also what I want to accomplish with each thing.  In addition to a wife and two kids (ages 3 and 9), this is the stuff that keeps me from ever getting bored:

Short-Term

These are projects that have a specific outcome.  This list will be continually updated to include what I plan on working on in the next month..

  • Updating a Site for Local Business
    Goals:  Get this site updated from an unresponsive HTML site to a fully responsive site built on WordPress.
  • Lynda.com Learning Path: Become a PHP Developer
    Goals:  Learn the basics of development.
  • Bathroom Remodel
    Our house has two bathrooms and we’ve decided to remodel the smaller of the two.  We’ll be replacing the floor, toilet, sink, wallpaper, and adding Wainscoting.  This should be a fun project and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
  • Reading
    Book:  Uplifting Service: The Proven Path to Delighting Your Customers, Colleagues, and Everyone Else You Meet, by Ron Kaufman
  • Build a Playhouse
    I ordered plans to build a Storybrook Cottage playhouse for the kids as their Christmas present.  This is going to take some time, but I can’t wait to get it finished!

Ongoing

Unlike the list above, here are a number of things I will be continually working on.

  • Volunteer moderator on WordPress.org Support Forums
    Goals: Help others with their WordPress issues and keep the forums free of spam and abuse.  I haven’t been able to spend as much time here as I would like and want to work on answering more questions again.
  • Volunteer on WordPress.com Support Forums
    Goals: Help others with their WordPress.com issues and continue learning more about WordPress.com.
  • Keeping up with WordPress Support and Core
    Goals:  Stay informed about what’s going on in WordPress Support and Core.  This includes reading everything posted in the #Forums and #Core channels on Slack and all posts on Make WordPress Support and Make WordPress Core.
  • Navy Reserve.
    Sure, it’s only 1 weekend a month and 2 (or 3) weeks a year…if you want to do the bare minimum and have no responsibilities in your unit.  Besides the basics, I’m also our unit’s Leading Petty Officer and plan our monthly training.

    • Physical Readiness Test (PRT) Preparations.  We have to do a fitness test every six months in the Reserves.  I’m good on the run, I just have a hard time making myself practicing sit-ups and push-ups because I don’t like them.  I want to drastically increase my score for our next PRT in October and would love to go from Good-Medium to Outstanding.  Curious about what I need?  There’s a nice chart that lists what I need to do in 2 minutes for sit-ups and push-ups and how fast I have to run 1.5 miles, though the Navy recently added “high” and “low” to each level.
  • Local Volunteer Fire Department.
    I’m a firefighter on our village’s volunteer fire department.  We have [almost] weekly training and then of course, any runs we go on.  I have been elected Treasurer for the coming year, so that will bring with it some added responsibilities.

Weekly Guide

Here is what I am currently aiming for each week

  1. WordPress.org Forums: 3 hours
  2. WordPress.com Forums:  4 hours
  3. Learning – Customer Service/Happiness:  2 hours
  4. Development/Projects: 3 hours
  5. Fitness:
    1. Running 9 miles/week
    2. 125 sit-ups/week
    3. 125 push-ups/week

Want to know more about me?  You guessed it – check out my about page!

Page last updated May 14, 2017.

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