Happy new year!
Of course, there’s no reason you have to make resolutions at the end of a year, but still, I decided to take this time to think about my goals and resolutions for the upcoming 356 days. I did this last year, so I thought I’d start with a brief summary of how I managed.
- Drink at least 2.5 L of water a day: I definitely did not manage this, although I did drink more water more frequently, 2.5 L is a lot of water and I think I was overly ambitious. But I think I will add this goal back at a slightly lower amount to remind myself to continue to focus on it.
- Read more (52 books), write more (52 poems): I knocked the reading out of the park (101 books!) but I did not write any poems. 2017 was the year I got back into reading, so hopefully 2018 can be the year I get back into writing.
- Defend my PhD and publish the results: Pretty happy with these results. I defended my PhD, graduated, and published 3 papers (including 2 first author) and I have 3 under review (co-author) and 1 which has been accepted (first author) but just not published yet. It feels great to be able to start 2018 without any worries about the papers from my PhD, and now I can just focus on new stuff. And there’s a lot.
- Learn new skills: I did an okay job at this one. I did not learn all the skills I listed, but I definitely improved my coding skills, but then got really busy with other work and had less “free” time to work on learning things. I do want to continue this resolution in 2018 though.
- Travel somewhere new: I didn’t make it to a new country, but I did make it to new states (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee) and visit some old ones (Missouri and California twice, including 6 weeks living in California this summer, as well as a trip to Brier Island). I wouldn’t mind doing some non-US travel this year though!
- Keep up regular exercise habits: This was hard with all the travel I did, and December especially was a rough month to end on, but I have manage to keep up fairly regular exercise habits. A somewhat success.
- Blog less, Instagram more: Umm, no. My blog did feature much fewer updates, but I posted way less often on instagram as well. Now that I have a new phone, I hope I’ll be able to update more often.
- Rest, and be grateful: I totally failed at the gratefulness list, I kept forgetting and then I just failed altogether, and I also failed at the sleeping. Defending my PhD and working two jobs and traveling a lot for work was the not the year to get good sleep habits, but I know it’s important longterm and hopefully I can work on it.
- Drink 2 L of water a day. I really do need to drink more water, 2.5 L is a lot, but if I can make at least 3 cups of herbal tea (~500 mL each) at work then I can easily achieve this goal and also work on my tea “inventory” ie: ridiculous amount of tea.
- Read 52 books, write 52 poems. I really like this goal and while I failed in 2017, I’m motivated to try again this year. I’d also really like to read a lot of books I already own, and make more room on my overfilled shelves.
- Publish papers from my postdoctoral work. I’m so happy my PhD work is now published or accepted and about to be published, but this year will mark the 1 year anniversary at my new job, so I’d like to start publishing papers from post-PhD. I’ve got 3 papers I’m a co-author on currently under review, and a first author paper accepted, but no other first author papers drafted, so achieving this will definitely require a lot of work. Ideally, I’d like to publish at least 6 papers this year; those 4 plus 2 more. For comparison, currently the most I’ve published in a year is 3, so this will be a big year if I make that happen!
- Learn new skills. I’d really like to focus more on this goal in 2018, especially when it comes to making my code reproducible and sharable. I’d like to publicly share my code for future papers, or at least get it more organized and sharable. I’d still like to learn to use GitHub and learn more python.
- Travel somewhere new. In 2018, I will be traveling to Tucson for the first time (although I have been to Arizona) so that’s something, and I’ll be living in California for 9 weeks, but I’d really love to travel to a new country! Hopefully I can make that happen.
- Keep up regular exercise habits. I really suck at this while traveling, so it may be time to take up running again. I just want to make sure I keep moving.
- Sleep early, wake early. I really need to become more of a morning person and also to get more sleep. I’d like to go to bed by 1 and wake up by 9 as many days as possible (including weekends) but on weekdays I’d like to try to go to bed by 12 and wake up by 8. I usually wake up around then, but I’m always exhausted and hopefully if I can start sleeping earlier, I can get better at it.
- Spend less. I was really excited to have a job (albeit temporary) and a regular paycheque this year, but I want to make sure a big chunk of that money is going into savings to hopefully buy a house this year. I’m usually pretty thrifty, and generally spend most of my money on gifts, but now that I’m tracking all my spending, it would be good to limit some of the unnecessary spending, for example, making sure I drink my tea and do not buy more.
- Declutter. I’m starting to feel like our apartment is definitely too full of my things including books, clothing, tea and makeup. So I’d like to make an extra effort this year to use things up or declutter them. I’d like to get rid of at least 50 books, and finish 50 containers of tea (minis count), and I will try to keep track of this!
- Stay better in touch with friends. This year was such a stressful mess, I really fell out of touch with some friends that mean a lot to me. I’d like to make a better effort to stay in touch with friends in 2018, because I not only do I love them and miss them, I know it makes a big difference to my mental health to have friends in my life, even if I don’t get to see them often.
Well that seems like plenty for 2018! Do you have any resolutions? Let me know if you do and free to leave a link so I can read more about them!