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Happy New Year! and My New Year Resolution (not!)

Nice Personalization…

Originally uploaded by Mike.

I’m not big on making new year resolutions. If you have a goal in mind, you should quantify it and set it at that time. There is no point waiting around until January 1 to say you’re going to do something. I decided to train to run a marathon within 1 year in the middle of February. Going back to school was a decision I made in September (2000).

One resolution people seem to make year after year is to get organized. That’s a good one to make, as far as resolutions go. For you on that bandwagon, I’ll recommend a couple of books by David Allen that helped me out in that endeavor a few years ago (a May goal for me, as I recall). Getting Things Done is the quintessential book on personal organization.

Through all of my years of education, all the way through a Master’s degree, there has never been a day where organization was discussed. Sure, teachers always told you that you needed to be organized to do x, y, or z – but they never gave you any inkling on how to do that. Allen’s book is a no-nonsense approach. I really like it because it can be scaled to fit the needs of any individual. It’s the best $9 you’ll spend (if you click through that link that is). Once you get your act together, check out his other book Ready for Anything.

So what does the picture I’ve attached have to do with getting organized?? Check out the address block. It’s to “Occupant, or Current Resident.” That’s a real nice touch, I’ve only lived here 6 1/2 years. I’m glad that the Forsyth County News has their act together. I’ll tell the story of why we got their paper for 6 months on another day (we didn’t ask for it). In the mean time, I’m going to go occupy my current residence and bask in the anonymity of it all.

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