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.
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 fromKnit 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?
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Here are the books I managed to read this year:
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.
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.
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).
Its April of 2020 and Day 15 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem.
Metaphor: On Your Beam Ends
‘On Your Beam Ends’ is a metaphor to indicate a bad situation. A hard up. It basically means that one is to the near end of resources calling for a desperate measure. The phrase was originally used to describe the tilted position of a ship before it capsizes. The first usage of the phrase documented in any form of literature is in 1773 magazine issue named – The Gentleman’s Magazine.
This is one of the metaphors from Nautical Origin. Nautical phrases are those for which the meaning and origin originated at sea (coming from the days of sail). I am using this metaphor in the poem as an alert.
Poem On the weigh scale, When one side is the survival, How does it matter? What’s on the other! Surviving for the change, On my beam ends, I see that dreams, Don’t have expiry dates.
When one side does not even close match with other, we easily give up and pick the survival. While being at all this, one is unconditionally alone working towards the desired (in their own closet, on their own).
There is something distinctive about this day – December 31. Though it’s yet another day, okay, it’s sure not ‘yet another day’. Like we all celebrate our birthdays, individually, this day is like a birthday which everyone wants to celebrate and that is what makes it special. The whole world as a crowd becomes part of it. It’s not about whom we want to dedicate this day. A calendar or earth or goals or life or something that can make to the list, but it’s about the aspirations this day brings.
The celebration takes its ways.
Some dance, fireworks, Some read, social networks, Some family, blog, sleep, Some something else, beep, A cake, a celebration, a peace.
It does not matter how we welcome. We have our ways and our ways are always the better ones (of-course to us). What possibly and probably really matters is how we wish to see ourselves for future 365 days and how we evaluated ourselves for the past 365 days. We all need metrics. We all need evaluation. Not to rank or measure but to increase the happiness and satisfaction factor. Time will always bring the new but how good was the old to cherish?
Apart from those greetings, wishes and forwards, most of us try to bring out a new version of ourselves and that is what matters. I started having resolutions since 2017 and it has worked for me in most amazing way. Here is what happened in 2018.
“The thin lines of thick happiness between attach and detach”
It is not necessary that life has to present us with void giving us the opportunity to fill up something. At times we stand responsible to create a void.
Life cannot be without the people we care. It’s this attachment that adds meaning to life. If people change and if that attachment is only bringing the pain, it’s certainly best time to de that attachment. We all have our limits of care. If the person at the other side expects more freedom and that is what the new happiness is, then that is when we give away with it.
This is when we create a void for our self. We cannot keep destroying our self for the care we do for other. This is one of most difficult forms of void and can easily destroy one. But that is inevitable and the need. That void is essential.
There is a difference between going to depression and going to void. When in void, one will create a space and find a new love. As an unusual change, loving thyself could be it too. It’s not easy. Certainly not. But it is the inevitable. It’s not easy doing a work solely for self satisfaction, with no expectations of some one’s appreciation. It’s not impossible as well. Anyone who says is doing it, is not actually doing it. Self Satisfaction things are mostly unsaid and unknown.
If there is no one ready to accompany for a movie, then it’s not about complaining, it’s about watching something else reachable or going alone. A popcorn or cold drink is always a best company. We are not here to force an idea. We are here to find the other who would agree to our idea of fun. The inner acceptance of this reality is the actual idea of fun.
Have you ever got a cake for yourself on your birthday when you knew no one else would possibly get it? Or when you just wanted your favorite cake for your birthday? Nothing can stop one being happy on one’s own birthday. It’s these little things of pleasure that eventually makes the life beautiful. Be in it.
New Year is always a happy one to the near, dear and beer ones.
Image Credits: Swati Bhagwat
It might look like yet another routine day but it isn’t. It’s the day where the inner self has agreed to change for the healthier good and give a renewed start. It’s the belief that “Whatever sucked yesterday, might not suck tomorrow and today needs that something to be done.” It’s time to get bigger milestones.
Announcing the goals is the first step of making sure that you are going to stick to it. Here is for the better and grand start. Cheers!
Goals for 2018:
Make atleast 150 general blog posts
Post 120 technical blog posts
Read a minimum of 150 research papers and document them
Read 40 novels
Participate in Camps and NaNoWriMo
Take A-Z blogging challenge in April
Write 10 ebooks
Finish 10 new courses
Progress with research work, measurably.
Make and keep a strong step in establishing own firm
Always try something new, often and more
I started my new year by taking the Goodreads challenge of 40 books. Off to pick and start my first book!