My 2015 New Year’s Resolutions will be different again! Normally, I do not make New Year’s Resolutions because I do not believe in them. Why wait for a particular date to resolve or promise to make changes? Changes such as weight loss, quit smoking or drinking, get out of debt, or something else can start at anytime. What are you doing about your New Year’s Resolutions?
Normally, I put together three to five resolutions and report my progress quarterly. I will continue to do that, but my resolutions have changed significantly. I will continue to make changes in my blog and other changes, but I have changed my priorities. The last few years have been difficult! My career in teaching has changed significantly. I love my career, but I have suffered setbacks because I teach (Business/Computers) what the school district thinks is unnecessary.
Preparing my students for college or career is a district goal, but computer applications do not have relevance. Business courses such as Personal Finance, Career Exploration or Virtual Business has lost importance as well. Elective classes provide more than just a subject my students may have a passing interest. Emphasis has switched to test scores as more students drop out of school. My students learn practical skills for school and career. One of the skills I learned and practiced throughout my life is determination or persistence! In other words, I do not give up on my goals although the time frame may change.
My 2015 New Year’s Resolutions are the following:
- Taking Time off – I included this goal for two years. My wife and I went to New York last year for a week and expect to do it this year too. If I keep it as a goal, I am more apt to try to achieve it again. I already have a week scheduled in New York and I want to add a two week European river cruise this summer. In addition, I want to take at least two weekends away. I am not giving up on this one!
- Read one book a week – A few years ago, I read two books a week for entire year. I decided to do it to improve my writing. I think it helped, but it was fun to read all those books. Most were mysteries and a few with business books. In fact, I read a twenty book series by one author. It was great to follow the characters through all the stories. Now that I have a permanent assignment, one book a week is a more reasonable goal.
- Take an online class – I was thinking of learning a programming language. Nearly forty years ago, I programmed in APL. I used it to create a monthly analysis of the company’s performance. It was like a mini annual report. This was before spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel. I am not sure if it will be a programming class, but I will take an online class.
- What’s left? –I could pay off debt, but I do not have any except for a small mortgage and car loan. I am already paying additional principle on my mortgage and car loan to have them paid off in two and half years.. I max out my retirement savings in my 403B, IRA and Roth IRA. I suppose I could invest more or payoff my mortgage, but I choose to travel instead.
- There are some personal habits I think I will work on, but it is unnecessary to include them in my resolutions. I plan on smiling more, you know match what I feel inside with my outside. I do not need to lose weight, stop drinking or quit smoking. Some may call me boring! I would like to think of myself as a role model! Can I workout more, I doubt it!