Last year I published a list of resolutions for 2004. Itâ€™s now 2005, so I took the time to review my list and update it for the New Year. Iâ€™ll start with my 2004 accomplishments and move on to what Iâ€™d like to complete this year.
2004 resolutions accomplished
I started off pretty well in 2004, and was able to maintain it for most of the year. But then I fell into the trap of finding convenience in the nearby McDonaldâ€™s drive-thru. Fortunately, they now sell salads. At any rate, I need to maintain eating healthier, and follow Benjamin Franklinâ€™s lesson, â€œEat to live, donâ€™t live to eat.â€
Be more active
I didnâ€™t play as much golf again this year, but I made up for it by playing softball. I was pretty active for the summer, but I need to maintain it year-round. And I need to prepare for softball and golf this year.
Spend more time playing guitar
I think I made some pretty good strides playing the guitar in the past year. I still want to learn more, so I keep plugging away.
Be more assertive
I managed to spend more time away from home this year by hanging out with friends. I also dated for a while (no, really). I also managed to show people that Iâ€™m really a fun-loving, nice guy.
Keep the apartment clean
I cleaned it, but it became messy again. I plan on doing some major cleaning this spring, so I hope to be done with this before the middle of the year. The other trick, of course, will be to maintain it.
Be less cynical
I had a rough time when I was put at-risk earlier this year. Yet I managed to see a silver lining in losing my job, though, and I landed on my feet in a job that I truly enjoy. Perhaps Iâ€™m not as cynical as I thought I was.
Meet that special someone
I managed to meet some people this year, but things didnâ€™t work out. At least I tried, thoughâ€¦ that counts, doesnâ€™t it?
Finish my desk
I had the desk finished and installed by March of this year. Consider this one done.
I managed to spend some time reading this year. However, I didnâ€™t spend as much time as I wanted to. Itâ€™s that darned television and the new DVR that will make this more difficult to accomplish throughout the year.
Finish my web site redesign
I just published the site in early December, so this is another finished resolution.
Complete my England vacation scrapbook
I never started putting together an actual paper scrapbook, but I managed to publish an electronic version on my site. Iâ€™d consider that an accomplishment.
Itâ€™s pretty obvious that I managed to work towards my goals in 2004. But I have more to accomplish in 2005. Some are repeats, while others are new initiatives.
Continue staying healthy
Iâ€™ve got a couple of minor health issues, so I want to attack those and get myself into better shape. This will require remaining active year-round and really trying to keep away from the burgers, fries, and sweets. Itâ€™s time for some winter activities.
Keep playing the guitar
I love to shred. I donâ€™t think this will be a problem. But I still have a lot to improve upon, and much more to learn. I plan on working harder on remembering those long Metallica solos.
Improve my wardrobe
I managed to purchase new clothes for work, but I donâ€™t have much in terms of just casual, yet dressy, clothes. If I had to go on a date tomorrow, Iâ€™d pretty much be limited in what to wear. Hooded sweatshirts and Metallica T-shirts just wonâ€™t cut it. Itâ€™s time for some new shirts and pants.
Keep improving my analytical skills
I realize that I still have much to learn in my current job. In time Iâ€™ll understand more about my agency and the things that need to be accomplished in order to make everyoneâ€™s lives easier, including our customers (that is, the citizens).
Keep reducing the clutter
As I stated earlier, I managed to clean the apartment, but it became messy again. I have no excuses now that I have a desk to help keep me organized. Iâ€™ll keep clearing things out and prepare to really start looking for a new place to move (itâ€™s time to start building equity in a house).
Keep adding content to the new site
I want to keep the site fresh, so I have to continue adding content thatâ€™s worth reading. Due to my work on the new site redesign, I didnâ€™t write any new soapbox articles after January. I also want to complete the article on building my desk, and Iâ€™m thinking about doing more with the blog (although Iâ€™m still not sure I want to have people responding and posting to the site yet). Iâ€™ve had a lot of positive feedback on it, so I hope people continue to find the things I publish either useful or entertaining.
What are my chances in 2005?
Iâ€™ve already started down the right path, although I had a few slip ups along the way. My list this year is much shorter than it was last year, showing that I managed to really get into some positive habits. I have some challenges ahead of me, but Iâ€™m working on them now so I can keep them going strong throughout 2005.