New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on this Thursday, January 1, 2009 16:36 by caw
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Making New Year’s Resolutions are a tradition for most people. Most resolutions are things you know you should do but you lack the will power to actually follow through on them. I know that sounds harsh but it is January 1, 2009, and you need to be brutatally honest at least one day a year. As the Bard says, "But screw your courage to the sticking place, and we’ll not fail." (Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 7)

Making Resolutions

Back in late 2005/early 2006, I took a six month sabbatical from work with the stated intention of writing the first draft of a book. When January rolled around, I wrote out my goals/plans and called them my New Year’s resolutions (you can read it here if you’ve a mind). While I didn’t complete them all, I did complete some of them.

The time management types will tell you that goals need to be measurable if you are going to achieve them. So, "go on a diet" is a meaningless goal but "stop drinking caffinated beverages" is a valid goal because you can track it. They will also tell you that you are more likely to complete "positive" goals than "negative" goals, i.e., "I will do X" rather than "I won’t do Y." I think that has to do with your investment (or commitment) in meeting a goal and the notion that it’s a rewardable behavior; negative goals frequently feel like punishment. But then I’m not a psychologist so I can’t tell you for sure.

I don’t know about you, but I need a certain amount of definition in my day. I don’t need to have every minute mapped out but I function best with at least a basic plan. The routine does not have to be the same every day or even week to week; in fact it’s better if it isn’t the same. The essential point is to plan what I am going to do so everything gets done or deliberately rescheduled. That was hard to do in 2008 with all the medical events. Hopefully things will be better in 2009.

2009 New Year’s Resolutions

My job can be intense and time consuming, so a certain amount of realism has to creep into my goals for the new year. I’d love to write a book or spend large blocks of time on my photography but that isn’t going to happen right now. So, some of my goals for this year include…

Those are my main resolutions. I’ll drag the list out mid-year and let you know how I’m doing.

Comments

One Response to “New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. Benjamin on January 21st, 2009 10:26

    “Make monthly back-ups of files”

    Have you thought about a Raid 1+0 setup? I know Mac Pro supports this, You can also buy a standalone device to do it. Thats the way our computers are backed up, that way its stored, and if the array fails, there is a backup of the array. A little pricey, but well worth it for those irreplacable files.

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