Resolutions 2021


I know I am late for the resolutions party and I want to rationalize by saying “better a little late than too late.” 355 days is definitely a good number and so what if I haven’t announced yet, the plan of action was in go from day 1 of the year. This year, I wanted to be a little more careful while I chalk out my plan. Off-course to be more ambitious and push through limits is the Plan A.  My everyday planner has already been colorful for the first ten days and both of my Sundays, including today, have been working and the weekdays appropriately have been enough refreshing to move ahead. So, I hereby finally announce my list to keep up for the year, to make every day count, hopefully. 

A note!

By the way, I started having resolutions, in a proper format and monitoring since 2017 and it has worked for me positively. Here is what happened in 2018 and then here is how I wrapped up 2019. 2020 has been nothing less and here is how it went: 2020 Highlights. All that said, here is a list for 2021:

Task Set 01: Writing

1.1 Write at least 100 blog posts (around 8 per month) on itsphblog
1.2 Post 50 technical blog posts on itsphbytes
1.3 Take up A to Z Challenge in April with a theme
1.4 Participate in NaNo-Camps in April and July
1.5 Continue working as ML for NaNoWriMo 2021
1.6 Post 35 short poems on Instagram

Task Set 02: Reading

2.1 Take up Goodreads challenge and read 20 novels
2.2 Read 60 articles on web

Task Set 03: Publishing

3.1 Publish the novel – The Art of Ageing Gracefully
3.2 Publish the ebook – Between Blue and Blue
3.3 Near publish edit the book – Things in Nothing
3.4 Publish at least five ebooks through Smashwords

Task Set 04: Research

4.1 Read atleast 50 meaningful research papers and log the summary
4.2 Publish 6 research papers from various domains (conference + Journal)
4.3 Build 6 new models for Knit Algorithm

Task Set 05: Profession (Academics)

5.1 Look out for a new/similar career on high priority basis
5.2 Improve coding profile
5.3 Take up and complete 6 courses online (MOOC)
5.4 Design and propose a new elective
5.5 Build a training module
5.6 Work and aim to complete the textbook

Task Set 06: Profession (Industry)

6.1 Provide 30 meaningful internships from Knit Arena
6.2 Host 2 events from the company
6.3 Grow technically for industry (Transil and Knit)
6.4 Have the first release of Knit

Task Set 07: New

7.1 Conduct 3 workshops on various topics
7.2 Travel to two new places
7.3 Complete at least 3 new series/soaps
7.4 Do 31 days movies challenge
7.5 Exercise and continue to stay fit and get better
7.6 Symphony of words
7.7 Write one amazing article/post that I will be ever proud of
7.8 Do 10 new things

Well, That is me. More or less. What resolutions do you have for yourself?

2020 Highlights


What makes year end special, most probably, is that it is a representative day for what we were last year and the changes we want to see in the upcoming year. For some, it is a reason to party, for some an opportunity to resolute and start afresh with new beginnings, and some-some so on for the remaining rest. It’s a birthday of ‘hope’ and gives all the reasons to celebrate. I guess it won’t be wrong to say 2020 was the most unexpected year of all. Since March, we all have been hoping that things would be back to normal next month, but then, its’ December already, and the hope continues to January of 2021. We have been living amidst uncertainties.

Resolutions have been working great with me. They keep me on track and remind me of the things I have on plate. Here is a quick evaluation of 2020. I am sure that it is going to be a long post and for the year that passed by, I think it is well justified. I want to start with worthy mentions from the year first. If you want to read my resolutions that I made for 2020, you can read the post here: Going Through 2020.

The Glows and Glitters

My new year started with travels. I was at IIM Bangalore for a conference and then from there to Hyderabad for another. In February I was at Punjab for another conference. In December to Kerala for a wedding. This is what Google maps have to say. I think I did good for a Corona year.

2020 Travel Summary

The workshops I conducted, one on poetry writing and another on computational thinking, both being from diverse domains, gave me a pathway to lead and follow. Also, to build a community. I was extremely delighted to see a banner of the workshop with my photograph in the university campus and the audience that turned out for the workshop were enthralling.

poeTRY-101 Workshop

Computational Thinking workshop was part of a conference at Chitkara University, Punjab. I as well won the best paper award (IEEE) for one of the papers. I am not sure why, I was more happy with the workshop than the award.

Computational Thinking Workshop

I released out my much awaited NaNoWriMo 2016 Novel ‘i 4 you’ as a free ebook through smashwords. The ebook is available here for download i 4 you and has gathered pretty good reviews so far. Here is one:

i 4 you – review on Goodreads

My year had THE best project teams. We did a research school together. We published two papers in a conference and two in journal (the processing of journal is in progress). I could not have asked for a better one.

In the pic: Vibha, Sourabh, Tejaswini, Usman, Srushti, Vijeth, Nikhil, Rajaram and Me (left to right).

Coursera offering free courses was the best thing that happened this pandemic. Yes, I did manage to complete 103 courses and as an individual, I have grown with learning from around the world. I cannot thank enough for this.

Thank you Note

Here are the books I managed to read this year:

Year on Goodreads

This year’s NaNoWriMo was warming and soothing. I did win for the 5th time with 50K words and the ML experience this year will stay for long. It was the most satisfying season ever. There were many such appreciation comments like the one below.

Feedback from WRIMO India Group

Highlights

  • Delivered 3 guest talks at colleges from Pune(2) and Chennai(1), online
  • Attended 4 Faculty Development Programs
  • Attended 23 Webinars (with certificates)
  • Attended 1 Winter School from IIIT-Bangalore
  • I did do a 31 Days 31 Movies Challenge in August and the detailed post can be found here: 31 Days 31 Movies.
  • Successfully completed Camp NaNoWriMo
  • Successfully completed A to Z Challenge in April
  • A Family Wedding in Last week of December 2020

Summary and Stats

Following up next is the summary of the year as against the set goals.

Task Set 01: Writing

1.1. Write at least 100 blog posts on itsphblog : This is my 42nd post. I could have done better.
1.2. Post 50 technical blog posts on itsphbytes : I did end up writing 11. I Seriously need to work on technical posts 2021.
1.3. Take up A to Z Challenge in April : Done. Did two. One on blog and another on Instagram (you can reach me on Instagram at prakash.hegade).
1.4. Participate in NaNo-Camps in April and July : completed both the camps successfully.
1.5. Continue working as ML for NaNoWriMo 2020 : It was an amazing year and had the best wrimo’s ever.
1.6. Post 30 short poems on Instagram : I did make 46 posts, and I am happy about that.

Task Set 02: Publishing

2.1. Give final edits and get NaNoWriMo 2016 novel titled i 4 you published : published. Link shared above. 2.2. Revise, edit, revise, edit and NaNoWriMo 2019 novel titled – The Art of Ageing Gracefully published : I still need to work on this.
2.3. Publish at least five ebooks through Smashwords : did 4. You have to check out: I Fell in Love with an Asshole and I Fell in Love with a Geek.

Task Set 03: Reading

3.1. Take up Goodreads challenge and read 20 novels : I could complete 9.
3.2. Read and explore two new domains in-depth (Life Sciences and Digital Society) – Attended winter school and nothing much on life science.

Task Set 04: Research

4.1. Read 50 or more research papers : read only 12.
4.2. Publish 5 research papers (academic, research, management) : yes. 6.  
4.3. Build four new models related to research area : the same were published as papers.
4.4. Implement 5 workable components for Knit Algorithm : not one was in releasable format.

Task Set 05: Profession (Academics)

5.1. Design and deliver two new courses (Semantic Web and Functional Programming) : Semantic web was successfully delivered and Functional Programming was proposed and was not delivered because of pandemic situation.
5.2. Improve Coding profile (complete Basic CodeChef DSA certification) : could not reattempt the certification. But did manage to complete basic problem solving certification on HackerRank.
5.3. Take up and complete 5 courses online (MOOC) : this is where a significant difference happened. University got free access to coursera and I managed to complete 103 courses. 
5.4. Design and deliver courses in unique environment (DSA, MT, APS) : with corona, this did happen in unexpected way.

Task Set 06: Profession (Industry)

6.1. Provide 30 meaningful internships from Knit Arena : we did have 32 interns
6.2. Host Knit School 2020 : this did get cancelled because of we all know why.
6.3. Host 2 events from the company : we did host one competition.
6.4. Grow as Technical Lead at Transil (Internships, design, research, consultant, technology etc. ) – I credit the fall here to corona.

Task Set 07: New

7.1. Conduct 3 workshops on various topics : did 2.
7.2. Travel to two new places : Punjab and Kasargod (Kerala).
7.3. Cook 5 new dishes : done and dusted.
7.4. Work on building meaningful components for kids growth and development (dedicating to my kids) : started home schooling.
7.5. Start and complete at least 3 new series/soaps – Dark (All 3 Seasons), Mirzapur (2 Seasons) and Money Heist (Season 01).

Well, running off to set goals for 2021.