I decided to take a different approach when I formed my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions. As I reflect on my results, I am disappointed with some of the results! The results were mixed at best! I worked on the commitment versus specific goals. I realized I made some mistakes and did not achieve the results I wanted. Sometimes, you learn more from your mistakes than your successes!
The last few years were tough and this year is no different! I started to make changes in December, 2012 and continued into the new year. I always felt that waiting for a particular date to start something was an excuse and nothing has changed. The new year showed early success in at least one area (Alexa ranking). I made some changes such as continually participating in teams to support my website. The results were uneven and at times frustrating. Part of my frustration was I put more into it than other team members. As with most problems, I evaluate, make changes and keep trying. I continue to make changes and work toward better results. I plan to monitor my progress closer and adjust more often. Progress is never a straight line.
My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions – Review are as follows:
Volunteering – Since I was already volunteering, why am I continuing to keep it as a resolution? The easy answer is I wanted to stay committed to volunteering and build on what I started. Unfortunately, I was unable to add add any hours. I did reach out to the Boys & Girls Clubs in my area, but they had other needs.
Blogging – I have been blogging for over three years and I am still evolving. I learned what works and what doesn’t! I started to make changes in December and I am committed to making more to reach my goals. I used to focus on results and thought that was enough. I decided to change my focus and let the writing achieve the results. This year I experimented with guest posts and realized, I need to concentrate on my own writing.
Time Off – Normally, this probably is not a resolution for most people. I am one of those people who never takes time off. In twelve (12) years, I have only taken two or three days off. As a teacher, I do not feel I need much time off. I have more holidays and vacation time than I ever had before. I only work four and a half hours a day. Compared to my former profession, I am semi-retired! I used to work three times that or fifty-to sixty hours a week. Normally, my wife and I take nice vacations overseas every other year or visit relatives in New York. This year, we went away to the beach for a weekend and I am committed to do this a couple times a year. So far, I was only able to get away once.
What’s left? – I am still working on some of my former goals, but approaching them differently. My new teaching assignment has challenged me as well. This is probably the year of change. I think it is a good thing because it keeps me sharp. This is important as I get old(er)! I stay positive despite the negativity that surrounds me at work. I have just three more years until I retire, so no matter what my professional teaching career will end in 2016. Although my results may be mixed, I do not give up! I will keep making changes until I succeed. Failure only occurs when you actually give up. These is my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions – Review!
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These is my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions – Review!