Well, last year’s resolutions were, uh … not really a success. :chuckle: By my estimate, I achieved three of them, semi-achieved two more, and wholly failed seven. Meatloaf never sang a song about that, though. [Bastard!]
[In case you want a review: I did get organized with Quicken and Pocket Quicken, I did get my taxes filed early, I did take a vacation, and I did end up buying a new car, even if that wasn't really my intention as 2006 dawned. I had some technical issues with Quicken, though, and after April, I really ... didn't keep up with it. As to the other one, I never built SandraMcCracken.org/info, but I did help build squarepegalliance.net. I would like to fiiiiiiiinally build the Sandra site this year, but I'm not making any definite plans.]
As I mentioned elsewhere today, I’m going to focus on more short-term stuff:
As for my resolutions this year, Iâ€™m going to take a different tack: monthly goals. I found that, as the year progressed, my view of the goals Iâ€™d set at the beginning of 2006 grew dimmer. Also, I find myself a strong believer in repentance and staring anew, and a more regular focus is what I seek. Iâ€™ve always been great at short-term goals due to my procrastinative nature: the thrill of the deadline provides all the adrenaline that I need to succeed. Iâ€™ve also generally done well with long-term goals, which I pursue blindly and seem to just â€¦ sort of achieve. [I think Iâ€™d title my memoirs to date How I Became an Aerospace Engineer Without Really Trying.] But the medium-term stuffâ€”the stuff that Iâ€™ve long held is the glue that really builds upon the short-term stuff and makes the long-term stuff happen a lot fasterâ€”is something Iâ€™ve generally sucked at in my life.
That’s the idea, anyway. How am I planning on handling this? Well, the idea I’ve rolled around in my head for the last week, but specifically today [mainly while watching the Space Race documentary on the National Geographic Channel that I'd TiVo'd seven months ago and finally got around to watching today, heh] it’s been this: three goals to resolve upon doing per month. One of them will be a resolution designed for failure—an idea I loved the moment I read it.
Come the first of every month, I can then come back here and flagellate myself for your amusement and mine. Sounds like a plan to me, largely because I do good to know what I’ll have time to do more than a week or two out at the time. Work is just that much fun right now. [I only mean that slightly sarcastically; it really is fun. Sometimes it's just fun, y'know? I'm betting it'll be fun tomorrow, though. The good kind.]
Anyhow, back after a few to post January’s threesome.