Planning ahead, I've been thinking about New Year resolutions. I've tended to ignore these in the past, on the basis that if I have any bad habits then I should just give them up at any time of the year, rather than waiting until January. However, I'm now taking a different approach, by looking at some of the big items on my "to do" list, and seeing which of them are attainable goals within a year. My shortlist is:
1. Finish decorating (including wardrobe and curtains in my bedroom), and unpack all my non-archive boxes.
2. Catch up on my backlog of magazines (specifically my 3 year stack of PC Pro/Computer Shopper), and then stay up to date with them (i.e. read each month's magazines before the next month's arrive).
3. Take the remaining SQL Server/VB.NET exams (i.e. the ones I haven't taken yet).
There are a few other things that I'm intending to do, but I don't think they really count as resolutions. E.g.
* "Go swimming at least once a week". If I do something like the narrowboat holiday from last year then it won't be practical to go swimming that week, and it seems a bit watered down to say "I'll do it unless I have something better to do".
* "Improve my first aid qualifications". I'm booked on an AED course next weekend, but it's not really up to me about when I do other training - that's for our officers to decide.
So, I'll stick to the top three as my official ones.