Another year has gone by, and itâ€™s time for my 2006 resolutions. I reviewed my goals from last year, and I canâ€™t really complain much.
Last year was the second year that I published a list of resolutions. In keeping with some tradition, it’s time to review my list and update it for the New Year. As I’ve done in the past, Iâ€™ll start with my 2005 accomplishments and move on to what Iâ€™d like to complete this year.
Continue staying healthy
I managed to keep in pretty good shape in 2006, but I still need to move away from eating out much. At least I donâ€™t hit the fast food places as often as I used to. I also managed to finally quit smoking on January 31. So far, I havenâ€™t even smoked a puff. I think that alone is a great accomplishment, but I have more work to do.
Keep playing the guitar
I stopped taking lessons earlier, due because my teacher left to join a band. But I continued to try to work on my skills alone. After doing so, I realized that I need to take lessons again or force myself to get beyond the really basic stuff that I already know.
Improve my wardrobe
I started buying new clothing earlier this year, but then stalled for a little while. Then I started working for a clothing retailer. Now I have a fairly new wardrobe. I also started watching â€œWhat Not to Wearâ€ on TLC. I am proud to say that I no longer have pleats in my wardrobe. Iâ€™ve adopted the philosophy, â€œdress for the job you want, not the one you have.â€
Keep improving my analytical skills
I was thrown into project management this past year, which forced me to just hone my analytical skills on the fly. I have more work to do here, but I will continue to improve my policy analysis skills over the next couple of years.
Keep reducing the clutter
The apartment isnâ€™t a fire trap, but itâ€™s not immaculate either. I have to focus on cleaning it again. This past year, I cleaned out a lot of clothes that I didnâ€™t wear anymore, and I managed to purchase new clothes (as I mentioned earlier). There are other areas that I need to focus on, and Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll get to them this year.
Keep adding content to the new site
I wanted to add dynamic content to my site, but that requires creating a SQL database and rewriting a number of pages in PHP (for those of you who have no idea what that means, letâ€™s just say itâ€™s all programming beyond what I know). I didnâ€™t complete some of the things I wanted to finish, but I may work on that this year.
Improve my organizational and career skills
I was thrown into managing my first major project in 2005: livestock premises registration. When I first agreed to take on the project, I didnâ€™t realize how large the project would become. After about a year of managing this project, Iâ€™m glad to say that weâ€™re done with phase one and have already kicked off phase two. Additionally, Iâ€™m now managing the implementation of the program and supervising staff to implement it. To stay on track, I really need to stay organized. So 2006 will see some improvements in my organizational and project management skills.
Iâ€™ve listed a number of goals for 2006 in my profession. I wonâ€™t bore you with the list here, but it involves dealing with much more than livestock premises registration and animal identification.
Keep my Web site fresh
I have to admit that I havenâ€™t done a great job of keeping the site fresh lately. This is in part because I took on a part-time job and havenâ€™t had time to manage the site. I also had to change the domain from .us to .net. There are a number of items that I still want to work on, and I hope to address those in 2006.
Save for a house
I stepped up and got real about saving for my first house last year. I am now putting away funds directly from my paycheck that I canâ€™t touch until the certificate matures in two years.
Keep reducing the clutter
I started getting rid of a number of things in 2005. I plan on continuing this effort so I donâ€™t have so much crap around me in 2006. Letâ€™s just call it some major spring cleaning and preparing for the move.
I want to start running, but I need to find some motivation. I am surrounded by a number of people that run, so I hope to get advice from them this year. I also started developing my plan to start running, and Iâ€™ve already selected my starting date.
Continue making healthy choices
I managed to remain I shape for most of 2005. I even quit smoking once and for all on January 31. I hope to stay on track and possibly make even more healthy choices in 2006.
Improve my guitar playing
I discovered that I have music in me thatâ€™s trying to get out. I managed to write and record my first song last winter (it was a metal Christmas song that reflects the true feeling of Christmas in the middle of the Christmas season). Since then, I realized that I still have a long way to go with becoming more familiar with the guitar. Iâ€™ve been toying with the idea of joining a band, but I still have to work on my technique, speed, and knowledge.
What are my chances in 2006?
I took on my resolutions in 2005 and added some that I didnâ€™t anticipate. The next year will see continued efforts at improvement.