I made a lot of changes to my life in 2007: Around April, I discovered LifeOrganizers.com and it kick-started my organizational drive. Unlike my previous attempts at becoming organized, this one actually stuck. Moving to Germany for a new job, getting a new office (changing my environment), and realizing the opportunity I had to actually BE a new person all helped me to continue making positive changes to my life. (See below for links to blogs I’ve posted about the changes in my life over the past year.)
In 2008, I want to make these changes deeper and further reaching. So I did some research on setting and achieving goals, use external reminders, and why change fails, which I am integrating into my resolutions.
My 2008 Resolutions
One of the things I read is that your resolutions should be in the present tense, and this still sounds a little weird to me, but I like it. Also, part of achieving your goals is frequently rewriting them (DLM and PB), and already as I have rewritten them a few times since the beginning of the year, I have changed a few of them!
In no specific order…
- I am a runner.
- I run 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes. UPDATE: I run 3 times a week: one 30-minute run, two 30- to 60-minute runs, and one 60- to 120-minute run.
- One the weekends, I run 5 to 10 miles (incorporated into above update).
- If I don’t run, I walk for at least 60 minutes.
- I am organized at work.
- I save and file everything necessary.
- I back up my files regularly.
- I use lists and tools to organize my ToDos (ClockingIT, IWantSandy, tasktoy, gCalendar).
- I clean off my desk before leaving, and I put things away in the right place.
- I am organized at home.
- I do at least one small task (>= 15 to 30 minutes) before crashing on the couch.
- I clean off the side table before leaving the living room.
- I clean off my side of the desk before leaving the living room.
- I no longer need sleeping pills to shut down my mind at night.
- I get regular exercise.
- I have a regular bedtime.
- I control my thoughts.
- I do not let myself get distracted during scheduled work time.
- I close Gmail, gReader, and other nonessential programs during scheduled work time.
- I write down those little things that distract me so I will remember them later.
- I want for everyone what I want for myself.
- I spend two hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday working on my PhD project.
- I am content with what I have.
Treat Your Body Like it’s the Only One You’ve Got Part 1 and Part 2
Have an Internal Locus of Control
Time + Money = Priorities Part 1 and Part 2
How Moving to Germany Made Me Re-examine My Habits
Just Announced: Linden 2.0!
Three Things I Never Thought I’d Say
I am. . .
Linden 2.0: Now out of beta!
UPDATE Re: “Linden 2.0: Now Out of Beta”