Resolve to Follow Resolutions

A year ago I had a pretty simple checklist for what to do in 2005. So let’s review:

1. Rekindle my reading habit by reading a chapter a night on school nights.

Maybe not a chapter a night, but I have been reading a lot more this year. My book queue is up to about forty books now (that are already on my shelves), so I have a LOT of catch up to do.

2. Reply to email in a relatively timely fashion

Wow. No dice on this one. I’ve got stuff from the summer still. sigh

3. Call my friends more often

I’ve been doing better with keeping in touch with some people, but I’ve not been consistent.

4. Get into the gym on a regular basis (i know, i know, EVERYONE says this)

I actually did this for a good chunk of the year, and then let it slide of in December with all the craziness at work. So back into it this week starting Monday. Gotta be in shape by Summer.

5. Try to maintain a positive outlook regardless of what is going on (especially in regards to politics and relationships)

This one I feel I’ve actually done pretty well in regards to just overall outlook. I was sad a lot this year, but unlike before, I didn’t let it slide into a massive funk.

So what did I actually get done that wasn’t a resolution this past year?

  1. Bought my first house
  2. Released a short animated film with Kory and my sister and had it screen domestically and internationally.
  3. Roadtripped to the Kentucky Derby
  4. Rediscovered the joys of baseball
  5. Spent a lot of time with an amazing woman (who was responsible for the previous item)
  6. Went from working independently to managing six people as the interim Creative Director at work
  7. Started recording an album (seven years in the making)
  8. Learned a new programming framework

And various other things. Rocking.

So… the checklist, which is going to be printed out and hung over my desk for 2006:

  1. Read a book a month (at least),
  2. Take better care of myself (physically, mentally, and spiritually),
  3. Seek truth in all things,
  4. Work on the house,
  5. Not commit to projects I don’t have the energy, time, or desire to adequately attend to,
  6. Get a movie deal with Kory and my sister,
  7. Love.

That’s pretty realistic. Not really things that I’ll be “oh crap, guilt complex” over if I don’t do. More so guidelines and a list to come back to when I feel I’m straying from where I want to go.

So, what’s your resolution(s)?

  1. chris says:

    My resolution is to follow your advice. Congratulations, on all your success, John and good luck in the future. :)

  2. Anar says:

    As a psych professor has told me, hyopnsis is about closing doors of the mind. If your mind is a bunch of open or closed doors, then hypmosis is about closing more and more doors until only one is left open. Moving away from the metaphor if you are thinking about many things, then this limits to one thing, which might be relaxation. In another experimental study, people were able to block the sensation of pain using the hyopnsis method, simply because that door was closed. Get it? Cool.

  3. Paula says:

    As a psych professor has told me, hsiyonps is about closing doors of the mind. If your mind is a bunch of open or closed doors, then hypmosis is about closing more and more doors until only one is left open. Moving away from the metaphor if you are thinking about many things, then this limits to one thing, which might be relaxation. In another experimental study, people were able to block the sensation of pain using the hsiyonps method, simply because that door was closed. Get it? Cool.

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