Instead of resolving to make big changes at the beginning of the year, I’ve been taking advantage of the quiet time around the holidays when work slows down and I have a few extra days to decompress. It’s basically a mini staycation without even burning vacation hours at work. That almost makes it even more relaxing since I’m not spending vacation time on it.
This time has been spent working through things I’ve wanted to do for a while, but at a relaxed pace. This includes things like cleaning out my action and project lists1, getting rid of things that seemed like a good idea at the time, but aren’t really as worthwhile now.
This time has been good for gaining a sense of accomplishment and feeling there is less hanging over me because I’ve refocused on the important things. The quiet time of the new year happens to give me space to do this, but to some extent, this is something I try to do at least once a month. I highly recommend it.
If you haven’t noticed from other posts, this is some GTD lingo ↩︎
I remember having to cancel my plans to celebrate New Year’s in Sydney, Australia so I could stay at work on New Year’s Eve. After tons of hardware and software updates, I had to monitor the desktop computing environment for problems. There were none. I have yet to visit Australia, though.
Remember Y2K? In the relatively early years of computer programming, many systems were designed to categorize dates by the last two digits of a year, ignoring the “19” at the start of the number to save memory space.
No promises this time! Last year I said I would post an entry every day of the year. I think that lasted about three days! Work has taught me not to plan for this again. Of course, I’ve pretty much abandoned the blog for months. I had this grandiose idea of blogging my whole summer vacation. I got so far behind (trying to edit photos at the same time) that I left off of the vacation blogging halfway through. I still plan to finish this for anyone into history. I’ll just pretend I’m working with Apple stock options and back-date the entries.
Here’s to promising myself not to make promises to myself that I can’t keep! 🙂