New Year's resolutions have never been high on my list of priorities. In part it is because I always have a plan. The next few years mapped out, the next goals and important things to work on in life. These aren't things that wait nicely until December and then organize themselves into a great list ready to get a jump on January 1.
None the less, here are some things I aim to do this year:
- Stop reading meaningless blogs - There are blogs I read just because I can. The best way to make sure I read your blog is to tell me not to google you. I've been reading some blogs whose authors wish to be anonymous for the last couple of years, not because they are good, just because I can and I know who the authors are. I'll get precious time back by taking them off my list. Same goes for technology pundits who spend more time spreading flame wars than doing productive things. Sure there are occasional gems in the midst of such mud-slinging, but the cream will rise up and be picked up by others who have a stronger stomach for tolerating the junk.
- Exercise more - Is there a list this isn't on? Somewhere between the hours of work and darkness I need to find more time to have a life!
- Use less energy - The goal will be a 50% reduction in the energy that I consume. It will be a challenge as I've never been one to leave lights on needlessly or be wasteful, but there is always room to improve. In a few years the goal will be to be a net producer of energy instead of a consumer, but that's a ways out yet. A few simple changes to my driving and car-maintainence have already netted a 33% reduction in the energy I use in the car. Getting more conservative will help and there is likely a hybrid in the future, if not this year then next. Anyone interested in reducing energy consumption will find some great tips at the Rocky Mountain Institute website.
- Use more vacation than I earn - This one will be tough. I have a generous vacation plan and am all to happy to get wrapped up in work. Events the last couple of years have conspired to prevent our usual trips to the Colorado River and Utah Shakespearean Festival. Not so this year. Plus we'll need to find a new get-away to add to the list of places we like to go. And we'll likely try to make a trip back to Colorado.
- Continue life without TV - Since I gave up watching TV early in 2005 I've found so much extra time. The beauty is that all that essential watching I was doing before turns out not to be so essential. I'll probably still watch the Tour de France and the National Finals Rodeo but little else. Though the fantastic video iPod will likely entice me to pick up on one or two shows and I'll continue to watch a few TV series as they come out on DVD.
- Finish a few articles - I need to get to (sooner rather than later) finishing a few articles I'm working on. The first that is likely to hit the site is a fairly in-depth, if personally motivated, review of contact and personal information management on the Macintosh. I had it about ready to go and then Chronos actually released SOHO office calling for a re-write.
I'm sure the constant process of planning and revision will lead to more additions to the list but that will be a start for now.