A thing I never do: New Year resolutions

by tosca on Monday, January 7, 2013

I used to make them - Booze Less (dead in the water before I started), Take up Jogging (I haven't jogged since puberty because it suddenly became, almost overnight, distinctly uncomfortable), Be A Nicer Person (who the hell was I kidding with this one?), etc. Disillusioned about resolutions in general, I made a resolution to not make resolutions. (Yes, I'm fully aware of how dumb this sounds). This year, though, I've made fandom and book related goals. Now I'm making one more set that are less about achieving great and wonderful things (thereby making me a more awesomer person), and being more about cutting back (thereby becoming a less awesomer person but, realistically, how much awesomeness can one person contain?). I've gotten into bad work habits that eat into my personal time - all self-imposed, I might add - and I've decided that I'm not doing them anymore:

  • No more 7:30am starts (everyone else starts at 8:30am - although there's nothing wrong with starting at 7:30 if I would finish at 4:00pm but I don't)
  • No more 6:00pm (or later) finishing
  • No more working on things in the evenings (sometimes it feels like there aren't enough hours in my work day)
  • Work less in the weekend (note I don't write 'stop altogether')
  • Take lunchbreaks and teabreaks away from my desk (I always have 'working lunches' and work straight through while eating sandwiches or whatever)
  • Confession: I was working on an eNewsletter a few minutes ago. This post was written just now so what happened before this moment does not count, therefore you cannot hold that against me. Or, more to the point, I cannot hold that against myself. And so it begins.

    End note: In 5 five weeks I'll have been with the one organisation for 10 years. I'm not quite rational/sane about the permanency of that. Wednesday will probably find me writing a post in which I talk about dreaming of running away to become a magician, or throwing a pin in a map and just packing it all in, or buying a one way ticket to Anywhere. It's how I deal. I'm apologising in advance for the craziness it will probably be.

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