I’ve given up on making New Year’s resolutions. They always seem to feel insincere; the idea that I will exercise every day or eat salad every night or floss my teeth from now on just seems like so much personal lip service. Last year is the first year that I really gave up on resolutions and instead made a list of goals for the year.
Now that a year has passed, I’ve pulled out that list to see how well I did. One thing I learned about over this past year is reflection. I’ve learned the value of actively looking back over an experience and thinking about that experience to see what worked and what didn’t, then putting that reflection to use for the future.
As for my list of goals for last year, there were some solid hits, and some near misses, and a few items that flew under the radar in 2012, but overall I’m proud of the things my family and I managed to accomplish last year!
I applied for and interviewed for one full-time position at the college where I work. I had intended to interview for an academic position, but instead I applied for a support position, but one that is much more up my alley. No word yet on whether or not I got the job…
I completed a continuing education course during the winter semester of 2012. I wanted to finish it with a grade of at least 75% but beat that with a grade of 80%.
I de-cluttered and organized the storage room in our house that we refer to as “the warehouse.” We recently picked up some shelving that was on sale and got rid of a bunch of junk and whipped that room into shape. This goal was accomplished just under the wire, on December 31, 2012. Phew!
We wanted to contribute $100/month to our son’s RESP all year long. There was a snafu a few months back with the fund company we contribute to, and I didn’t make up the payments that were missed as a result. We missed three or four months of contributions. Gifts from Nate’s grandparents helped make up the difference. We’ve already got a system in place to make sure we don’t miss any contributions in 2013.
I had hoped to begin making regular contributions to my RRSP last year, too, but didn’t make any. I’ve got to get going with this one in 2013.
The last goal on my list read, “Finish off any home maintenance projects currently in progress but not yet complete.” Since I’m not the handyman in the family, I’m not shouldering the entire burden of this goal myself, so I don’t think I will make goals for 2013 that involve the use of power tools. Graham works hard, works often, has more than one job, and the projects around the house will get done when he has the time and energy. No biggie.
All in all, there were some things to be proud of, and some things to learn from. Now it’s time to make goals for 2013.
What are your family’s goals this year?