I discuss my current approach for learning JavaScript
I shared a variation of this blog post on learning JavaScript internally within Automattic a few weeks back. I thought it might be helpful so I’ve adapted it here for a blog post. I’m also asking for some accountability help at the end.

If you’ve read my blog, project posts, or weekly updates over the past year, you’ve probably noticed a heavy focus on learning JavaScript. About a year and a half ago, I decided I wanted to move more towards doing more development-oriented work at Automattic.

I’ve never been shy about talking about this. I’m a bit believer in sharing goals out in the open versus keep them close to the chest. I thought I would share my initial thought process and how I’m currently approaching the goal for anyone that might be interested. One warning before we begin—this is just my experience. Your mileage may vary.

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Two Happiness teams take a selfie after our barbecue in Austin
Each month, I publish a monthly review, a sort of public accountability report, looking at goals, reading, habits, etc. You can find all previous months here.

April was a pretty fantastic month. I took a trip down to Austin to hang out with Sparta, the Happiness team I’m on at Automattic. We ate some great barbecue, listened to some live music, and even managed to get some work in. Our home renovation project was started (and almost completed). I felt relatively productive all month.

Since we’re a third of the way through the year, I’m going to tack on a little extra this month and review the previous month’s goals as well as how I’m doing for my yearly targets thus far.

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Loveland

How in the world did March fly by so quickly? There were a lot of areas where I fell short including some habits I was focused on. Despite those shortcomings, it was still a great month. We were able to get in a good amount of skiing as the season comes to a close. Workouts were solid. We indulged in some great food during Restaurant Week here in Denver. So many awesome things!

Full recap of habits, books, etc below!

communication

Communication is super important within any organization, but it’s particularly vital in remote work. At Automattic, we use the phrase “Communication is oxygen.”

The take-home message—building something amazing is impossible if everyone isn’t on the same page.

Any communication is better than silence, but aspects like clarity, actionable next steps, and an understanding of how everything “fits” can take a message from mediocre to “Hell yeah…let’s do this!”

A few weeks back, I was able to catch dinner with my buddy Chuck, and we were chatting about leadership and communication. I mentioned one communication error in particular that I was trying to address—reconciling what you’re saying with what “they” are hearing. This harmony is imperative for great communication, but I/we so often walk away from a conversation thinking “Oh yeah, made that totally clear” only to revisit the same idea two weeks later and find out we’re on different pages.

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I publish a monthly review of habits, work, etc. You’ll be able to find them all here.

February was a fun month for several reasons. Multiple good friends came out to visit. My wife and I got several days of skiing in. We joined a CrossFit gym, which has been amazing. I was able to tackle some difficult code problems and gain confidence working in React. Drink for Pink was approved as a 501(c)3 nonprofit by the IRS. All great stuff! Full recap of goals, books, habits, etc below.

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