I had some grand delusional idea that I was going to manage to post my New Years resolution by, well, the beginning of the New Year. Then, when I missed that goal, I figured I might as well post when I got back to New York the day before work started (1/2/2012). Then, when I missed that goal, I figured that this would be a good opportunity for me to just focus on posting once a week on the weekend (Sunday), and the first Sunday after the New Year is: 1/8/2012. When that failed, I decided that I really had to get myself into gear, so I am posting now… 1/22/2012. Here is to a New Year.
NEW YEARS RESOLUTION v. 2012
(1) Drink more water
Rationale: Really, the goal is to be more healthy, but given the restrictions that work imposes, it’s very difficult/close to impossible to achieve goals like “Exercise 4 times a week” or “Sleep 8 hours a day.” I am completely dependent on vitamin water, coffee, and other such substances, so I’m going to try to make a commitment to substitute in water for all my overly-sugary addictions.
(2) Start managing my own money
Rationale: I tend to be the type of person that buy’s something and won’t really even comprehend the price. I realized this when I left work one day to buy a pair of apple headphones, and when I came back, my associate asked me how much they were. I had no idea despite the fact that I had purchased them less then 15 minutes ago. Working 80-100 hours/week will always seem unfortunate. What will seem even more unfortunate is if I manage to save no money over the upcoming two years.
(3) Try to maintain a positive attitude
Rationale: I’d like to think that I’m generally a happy person; however, I’ve noticed recently that I’ll have longer slump persiods. Work will seem endless and get me down. I hear about how many people just reach a breaking-point during their two-analyst years in this job and come changed – much more jaded. I’d like to avoid that, if at all possible, and I think one way to do that is to make a commitment to not dwelling on non-positive feelings.
(4) Never eat alone (figuratively, not literally)
Rationale: It’s so easy to just eat in your cube because you’re jammed with work and you don’t particularly want to socialize, but I think its important to eat with others – it helps you bond with colleagues, keep in touch with friends, and makes meal-time more fun and engaging!
(5) Blog each week by Sunday
Rationale: I believe a pivotal part to achieving (3) is reclaiming some control over your life. I think one easy way to do this is to develop routines that are easy to keep. Blogging gives me time to reflect and is a routine that will probably be relatilvely easy to maintain.
Hope everyone is enjoying the Giants vs. 49ers game!