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2010

I’m never really sure how I feel about New Year’s resolutions. Many years I’ve set unrealistic goals, vague, nonspecific ones or none at all. This year there are a few things I’m determined to accomplish, so I’m going to make a more focused effort.

I’ve failed at:

  • Organizing 23 years of family photos. An overwhelming task, as we have more than 100 photos of our 21-year-old’s first week of life. It only gets worse from there.
  • Fitting into a pair of size ?? jeans. You didn’t really think I was going to say what size, did you?
  • Cleaning out 23 years of clutter. My husband used to keep those little black plastic cylindrical cases that held rolls of film. Remember film?
  • Never using a word I wouldn’t publish in a church bulletin. I work with computers. Enough said?
  • Watch less TV. Really?

Any expert will tell you goals must be specific, realistic and measurable. I think it helps if there are milestones along the way. So this is what I’m trying for this year.

Goal Starting Point Milestone
Build a WordPress theme from
scratch
Redesign this site with customized
existing theme
Continue WordPress tutorials
and build basic files for complete
theme

Define business and career goals Update resume, enjoy new whiteboard
in office
Complete redesign and editorial
calendar for this site

Get house in shape Declutter: one room at a time,
beginning with office
Host graduation lunch in much-less-crappy
house

Complete half marathon Complete Couch-to-5K program,
culminating in 5K run in March
Memphis St. Jude Half Marathon
in December 2010

Organize family (print) photos
and convert to digital format
Sort prints by year Scan photos: one month’s worth
of photos each month

I’ve put it in writing not because it’s fascinating to read, but for the sake of accountability and the hope that it will force me to focus more intently. I’m going to allow myself a relaxing New Year’s holiday, then it’s get-serious time on Monday, January 4.

What are your resolutions and how do you plan to keep them?

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. beth g sanders

    Thanks! I'm starting slowly, with the Couch to 5K program.

    As for the pix … I'm scanning mine – 4 at a time. Tedious job, which is why it hasn't gotten done yet. I'm hoping to get some done when the Olympics come on – then I can scan and watch figure skating 🙂

  2. Lauren Watson

    I love your goals! Especially running a half marathon goal! I know you can do it! And yes, I totally remember film and have no idea what I need to do with all of those hard copy pictures I have?! Do I really have to scan them all onto a disk? It seems so time consuming… And I can't wait to see your wordpress theme you're wanting to create!!!!

    Keep us posted on your progress with everything! Love you guys much!!!

  3. beth g sanders

    Thanks! I'm starting slowly, with the Couch to 5K program.

    As for the pix … I'm scanning mine – 4 at a time. Tedious job, which is why it hasn't gotten done yet. I'm hoping to get some done when the Olympics come on – then I can scan and watch figure skating 🙂

  4. Lauren Watson

    I love your goals! Especially running a half marathon goal! I know you can do it! And yes, I totally remember film and have no idea what I need to do with all of those hard copy pictures I have?! Do I really have to scan them all onto a disk? It seems so time consuming… And I can't wait to see your wordpress theme you're wanting to create!!!!

    Keep us posted on your progress with everything! Love you guys much!!!

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