As 2023 comes to a close, I thought I'd take a few minutes to look back and see what I accomplished over the past 12 months. This way, I have something to reference later on.
The past couple years have been a little more fluid that I prefer with multiple job hops, but I think things have finally started to settle down and become more stable again with my most recent position as a software engineer at PetDesk.
Due to starting the farm business, I built an additional indoor growing area as well as a greenhouse and two raised beds. I also had the opportunity to take part in a 120 Day Tech Startup program to pursue a new business idea spawned from my experiences so far.
Health and Fitness
Overall, I didn't accomplish much in regard to health and fitness, but I did start tracking macros and body composition using the 1st Phorm app and began training BJJ again after a year or so break.
I feel like I ended up building a lot of things in the second half of 2023. I came across some plans for custom rolling tables and built those along with some new garage shelving.
I consolidated some of my 3d printers and now have an Any cubic 6K printer along with a Snapmaker Artisan, allowing me to 3D print, laser engrave, and CNC. Utilizing Fusion 360, I designed and created 5 new items including
- Filament shelf bracket
- Artisan build-plate mounting bracket
- Artisan module mounting bracket
- Artisan air inlet bracket
- Circle & square coaster holders
- Hat hangar
I also added the first new item to my Etsy store in over a year.
I spent a lot more time on personal development this year than I had previously, and started reading again - something I haven't really done for years. I read a total of (at least) 10 books, which included the following:
- The automatic millionaire
- Rich Dad's guide to investing
- Start your own corporation
- Rental Property Investing
- The Urban Farmer
- Compact Farms
- Fearless Farm Finances
- The Lean Farm
- Good to Great
I also completed the 75 Hard program for the first time in March. I made several attempts prior to that and a couple after, but only completed it once.
This year, I started to make a move away from big tech and migrated to Proton. I also cancelled my Amazon Prime membership after having it for a number of years, and gained familiarity with NextJS, Vercel, and Tailwind CSS.
This year I created a total of 29 blog posts - 17 for this site, and 12 for KTech Farms. Out of those 29 posts, over 66% of them were created after September 1st.
There are always areas to improve, and I think a couple of the biggest ones for me are focus and discipline.
I definitely have "shiny object syndrome" and change what I'm working on way too often. A lot of times I'll start a project just long enough to prove to myself that I can do it and then move on to something else. Either that or I'll have an idea hit me and then I try to work on multiple things at the same time. In either case, nothing gets accomplished and I ultimately end up wasting time.
Discipline was a big focus for me this year and I've made decent progress, but still have a long way to go.
One final thing is I need to spend less time on the computer, or at least be more productive with that time. I've started to notice a trend similar to when I played too many games where I feel like I have to be on and doing "something", thinking that I'm being productive but not accomplishing anything meaningful.