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Using Technology for Personal Goals

By Laura|December 27, 2014|Uncategorized|1 comments

I have almost always turned to technology for assistance with my goals.  Way back in 2004, I wanted to use blogging as a way to keep track of my thoughts and comments on online news and web sites.  And I used blogging to help me stay accountable for writing my dissertation.  I’ve been using various to-do apps for years (current […]

New Year, New Goals

By Laura|August 19, 2014|Uncategorized|1 comments

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 […]

Achieving a goal

By Laura|September 7, 2013|Uncategorized|0 comments

I haven’t quite done it yet, but I’m almost there.  I have lost a little over 11 pounds. My goal is to lose 15.  I’ve been surprised how relatively easy it’s been.  Mostly it’s taken consistency and a little willpower.  I’ve changed a lot about how I eat and live, but the changes were actually kind of minor.  I cut […]

Big Goal Number 2: Debt

By Laura|July 21, 2013|Uncategorized|4 comments

Three years ago, we had nearly eliminated our credit card debt.  We had at least gotten it down to some level that could be paid off in the forseeable future.  Now, not so much.  There are a number of good reasons why we ended up here: school expenses, medical expenses, home repairs and improvements.  But there are bad ones, too. […]

Goals and resolutions

By Laura|August 23, 2012|Uncategorized|0 comments

Every school year, I set goals for myself. I generally just try to do better than last year. My first year in this job, my goal was simply to survive. Last year, I had specific goals. This year, too, I’m thinking about specifics. Here they are. 1. Make my classes fun and useful. I’m just going to keep this in […]


By Laura|July 28, 2012|Uncategorized|1 comments

I’ve made some significant progress on the goals I set for myself.  I’ve outlined the CS II class through about winter break.  I’ve got the first 3-4 weeks almost completely fleshed out, complete with lab directions and video explanations of key concepts.  I submitted my Google Academy application, so now it’s just a waiting game. My video is here, if […]

Goals and resolutions

By Laura|July 18, 2012|Uncategorized|1 comments

I was starting to think about goals for the school year, but then decided I was getting ahead of myself. I still have summer! So here’s what I want need to do: Plan CS II class, at least through winter break–this is going to require some quality time with data structures, classes and objects Put together Google teacher’s academy application–this […]


By Laura|September 5, 2011|Uncategorized|4 comments

Mr. Geeky started off our before-dinner conversation by asking what everyone’s goals were this year.  Everyone was a little goofy at first but then got more serious.  Our goals include focusing more on school/work before doing “fun” things, spending more time together, walking every day, and getting up on time.  We also set goals for each other, many of which […]

WoW Wednesday: Rewards and Motivation

By Laura|September 23, 2009||1 comments

Other than perhaps some increased endorphins, most people receive no real reward for playing a game like WoW; however, there are lots of rewards in the game that provide motivation for many people to participate in certain activities. And Blizzard is constantly tweaking this reward system so that players are motivated to do different things. I am easily amused and, […]

Resolutions past

By Laura|December 29, 2007||0 comments

Before I post this year’s resolutions, I thought I’d take stock of previous years’. I make resolutions twice a year, now and at the start of academic years. Let’s see how I did. According to this post from 2004, recording resolutions for 2005, I wanted to do the following: 1. Walk at least 30 minutes per day (may be substituted […]