New Year, New Goals

It’s about that time.  Meetings will start next week, students return the week after.  I’ve got meetings this week already, some with new students, some with administrative staff.  So I feel like I’m already working.  Every school year, I set goals or resolutions and reset them at the real new year in January.  It’s kind of nice to see what’s working and what’s not.  And I like that I have a record of them.  Even though I probably miss 80-90% of my goals, I still feel like I make progress.  If I set a goal, for example to lose 10 pound and I lose 7, I count that as success.  I set the goal high on purpose.

Last year, I set goals for my health, for working with colleagues and for expanding understanding of CS.  I mostly accomplished them, except for the social media use.  Getting there.  In January, I had the idea that I was going to focus on a theme each month, but that lasted all of one month.  Clearly, concrete goals work better for me.  So here’s some things I want to work on this year:

1. The house.  The clutter is taking over.  It’s well hidden in rooms we don’t use–the 3rd floor, a guest bedroom, a weird porch area.  I’ve tackled this before and I’ve periodically purged some things, but now I want to get serious.  Every time I see the clutter, it drives me nuts.  And those areas could be useful to us.  In addition to dealing with the clutter, I’m hoping to keep the visible areas cleaner.  For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been doing okay with this as have other family members, but we’ll see.

2. Keep on walking.  I got a fitbit and it’s great for letting me know how the walking is going.  I’ve been trying to walk every afternoon for 1/2 hour to 45 minutes.  Doing that usually gets me to my 10,000 steps, combine with my regular walking around that I do.  I plan to walk after school at school while waiting for Geeky Girl to finish sports.  The ultimate goal is to lose some of the weight I gained back after losing it last year.  I kept it off until around January or February and then life just got in the way.  My habits slipped.  I blame all the snow.

3. Be mindful of time.  I have a good schedule this year, though I am still busy.  But I only have 3 preps instead of 7.  So that is going to help.  I still run one committee and am on a task force that is tackling something huge right now, but I have more time in the day to accomplish what I need to.  I’m hoping to do a better job of working in stretches and keeping track of what needs to be accomplished.

4.  Work stays at work.  This is related to the above item.   I’m pretty good about not bringing work home, and sometimes it’s necessary to work at home because of a pressing deadline, but I would rather stay an hour after school to finish something than to bring it home and have it interfere with family time.  I’m planning to focus on those relationships and keeping work out of my family time.

That seems like enough to start with, yes?  We’ll see how it goes.

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