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New Years Resolutions

I suppose it's time for New Years Resolutions. I did OK with most of my resolutions last year. A couple that I failed on were climbing 10 flights of stairs at least once a week and working through Writing The Wave. I did climb the stairs a few times, but I didn't do anything with WTW. But I didn't drink, read more books than I purchased, and put the maximum legal amount in my IRA.
I read 50 books last year and purchased 41. I probably spent too much money on books, but I kept my resolution. I am fairly proud of having read 50 books, but I don't think I am going to try to do it again this year. Probably better to read fewer books and retain more from each one.

This year I'm going to make these resolutions again:

  • Don't drink
  • Read more books than I purchase
  • Keep a rolling average of 100 entries a year in this blog (in other words, make my 300th entry this year).

I'm not going to try to max out my IRA this year. There are several reasons. One is that now that I am turning 50, the maximum legal amount has gone up. Another is that I have a 403b now, and that allows me to save for retirement with less disruption to my cash flow. Finally, I have other things to do with my money. I'm ashamed to say I have credit card debt, and I want to do something about that. Maybe not get rid of it, but shrink it enough so that I'm not paying so much interest. Also, I might buy a car this year. Or maybe not.

Last year, muffdaddysmooth  asked me if I had any work related resolutions. I thought about it and couldn't think of anything. As far as work goes, I just want to do my job and keep my job, and while this requires effort, it doesn't require any special resolution.

This year is a little different. They have changed scheduling here so that my teaching is concentrated on two or three days. This semester I teach for six hours on two days. The days when I don't teach haven't been as productive as I would have liked. On those days I have tons of things that have to get done but nothing that has to get done immediately. That latter fact means I get very little done, even though the former means I should.

So I am going to start trying to make the days I don't teach more productive.I'll make to-do lists on those days and try to get everything on the list done.I also need to do more with my Saturdays. I don't know about the rest of the week, but Saturdays are definitely like sands through the hourglass. On most of them, I might as well spend the day looking at an hourglass. My house is a horrendous pigsty and maybe if I resolve to do some sort of cleaning every Saturday I can turn it into a non-horrendous pigsty.

Finally, I'm going to try to get my taxes done early this year. By early I mean before April 15th. April 14th qualifies.