I’ve been meaning to write again for a while, and Bethany inspired me to get back on the blogging wagon (am I adapting that metaphor correctly?) with a list of new year’s resolutions. I read Lifehacker regularly, and they’ve had a lot of good tips over the years about how to make effective to-do lists that boost your productivity. One memorable tip is to break items down into specific-as-possible tasks, so you have a clear idea of what to do rather than a vague goal. For example, instead of “Get healthy,” you might try, “Eat a salad for dinner three times a week,” or “Take the stairs up to my fourth-floor apartment every other day.” I’ve tried to apply this tactic to my resolutions this year. I’ve also tried to limit myself to only a few goals so I’m less likely to be disappointed.
- Exercise regularly, between three and five times a week. Jordan and I have been good about keeping this one together, although the real challenge will start tomorrow (which is when my spring semester starts and chaos ensues).
- Don’t use the couches as extra storage space. This is my specific task derived from my vague goal of “be a tidier person.”
And that’s actually it. I told you it was short. We’ll see how I do with these over the next few weeks, and then maybe I can think about adding to the list.
Happy new year, blog-o-sphere. It’s nice to be back.