Planning for the New Year

7. January 2008 07:16

The beginning of a new year is always a time that seems to compel us to reflect about where we have been and where we are going.  At least, I seem to find myself in that position every time January rolls around.  So, I have been giving considerable thought about my successes and shortcomings during the previous year in order to plan my goals for the months ahead.  As such, I decided to post my "resolutions".  It seems like a great way to motivate myself on following through after confessing them to the web.

1) Managing My Time
Everyone is busy to some degree.  So, I'm not going to arrogantly presume to be busier than anyone else.  However, I certainly stay preoccupied with a lot of different things between work, going back to school, keeping up with the rate of technology changes, and trying to remain involved within the developer community...not to mention still make time to be a good husband and father.  Ideally, I should let one or two of the options things go, but I'm just not willing to do it.  So, I am going to make an effort to be exceedingly better with efficiently managing my time.  I already feel like I do a relatively good job of managing my time, but I could get much more accomplished in a shorter amount of time by being better at prioritizing and planning.

2) Blogging
It's no secret that my blogging has been dramatically reduced over the last few months.  This is partially due to the time of year.  I started this blog a little over three years ago.  During that time, my blogging has always slacked off during the October to December timeframe.  Regardless, this is an area where I want to start focusing more attention.  Given my ridiculous schedule, I am going to remain realistic and say that I want to write two posts per week.  It is important for me to focus on quality rather than quantity.

3) Personal Health
About 5 or 6 years ago, I was in the greatest shape of my life.  Between the gym and running, I was doing some form of exercise almost every day of the week.  Between getting married and having our first son, my weight has fluctuated a lot during the last few years.  I don't consider myself to be heavily overweight, but I am certainly not as "fit" as I used to be.  At any rate, I would like to drop about 15 to 20 pounds to peel back the blubber and start showing a hint of my abs again.

So, what is your resolution?

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