January 5, 2006 at 12:32 AM by Dr. Drang
Well, it’s a bit late for a New Year’s post, but has a year really started until the Rose Bowl is played? It’s in the second quarter as I write this—fumble by Texas! they recovered—so I’d better get going.
Last year, my resolution was the traditional “lose weight,” and I managed to do it. I attribute the success to setting a specific goal and monitoring my progress or regress by getting on the scale every day I could. My original goal was to get down to 180 pounds by the end of the year, a loss of 15 pounds. As the year went on I realized that a couple of bad days in a row could easily lead to a three-pound weight gain (this may be obvious to the rest of the world, but I’d never monitored my weight so closely before). So I decided that a better goal was to get myself far enough below 180 to never hit it again. I went under 180 at the end of November and haven’t been back up over it since.
This year’s goal is to post to this blog frequently. Is this a worthwhile goal? I think so: I’m a very slow writer, and I think writing more will make me faster, which will be a big help at work. Is “blog frequently” a specific enough goal to monitor and gauge the progress of? No. I’ll have to work out something better or I’ll be able to rationalize almost any amount of posting as sufficient. I’m thinking 150 posts over the course of the year is about right. That’s about 3 per week, which is certainly doable and a distinct improvement over last year.
Lienart’s just been intercepted for the first time in ages (told you I’m a slow writer), so I’m going to pay more attention to the game.