I had a list of New Year’s Resolutions divided into categories: Work, Money, Personal and Relationships. It was neatly typed up, with photos, printed out and pasted to the back of a daily planner. A few days ago, I dumped the planner. I forgot that I hadn’t saved a copy of the NY Resolutions List. Luckily, my finance and career-related resolutions were logged in an old blog post.
- Get my house in order with a will/special needs trust, life insurance, etc..
- Look into passive/side income. Research the rental market, perhaps increase funds in my peer-to-peer lending account.
- Focus at work. I had 4 concrete actions to achieve this goal.
- Have only 2 tabs open on my computer at one time so that I’m not clicking between 5+ different websites.
- Read career-related books or articles during down time.
- Print out important information so that I really read it instead of scanning, as I tend to do with content on screen.
- Limit blog reading time to Grumpy Rumblings in the morning.
So far, I’ve been doing well with the “Focus at Work” goal. I’m multi-tasking a lot less and absorbing more information. I also signed up for a conference in my field. I’m hoping that my employer will pay for it but it’s my personal goal to keep up with changes in my field and this conference was the most reasonably priced one I’ve seen in a while, and it’s local. I’m extremely bad at networking but it’s important to keep your skills fresh and that’s my primary goal for going. I’m pretty excited because I haven’t invested any extra time or money into my career for years.
Even though I no longer have my resolutions list, I know that it included exercise (fail) and making time for friendships and spouse. I’ve been pretty good about planning outings with friends but that’s obviously an ongoing process. My spouse and I had an “accidental” date and it reminded me/us of our carefree pre-kids days. We’re planning another half-day lunch/outing soon. We’re also going to a concert in a few weeks – my first in years! I can’t stress how important it is for us (and most couples) to find quality time together. Otherwise, most recent memories will be of family stuff, fights and chores. At least that’s the way it is for me.