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New year's goals
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And finally, I get around to my new year's resolutions. Or rather, to my new year's goals -- a resolution is too much like a promise, which I'm not about to make lightly. So, things to aim for this year:

1. Don't die. I made this one last year, and it worked fairly well for me. I think this one is fairly self explanatory.

2. Pass this year of university. In fact, I'm going to say one better than that and say that given my first year and my last term, I want to be averaging a fairly comfortable first by this point next year.

3. To travel abroad at some point. I made this resolution last year as well and failed to keep it then. Last time I ventured outside the country was summer 2002, and the time before that, I think was summer 1998. I know there are various people online who have invited me to visit, and there are a huge number of countries I want to get to at some point in my life. I should manage at least one at some point this year. Be it to Ireland or to Madagascar, I just want to get out of the country.

4. I want to sort out my finances properly. This includes finally getting around to notifying my bank of my change of address (they currently have my parents' address, which isn't that bad) and to start keeping a proper budget.

5. Start giving more money to charity. This really depends upon managing part 4 as well, but it's something that I feel I realy want to do.

6. To give my time as a volunteer somewhere other than LiveJournal. This doesn't mean that I will (or won't) stop giving time to LJ, but It hink I could find things to do which are more worthwhile than LJ. And just in case I'm ever tempted to cheat, DeadJournal doesn't count.

7. To not lose touch with any mroe people. I tend to be horrible at keeping touch with people, and want to make an effort to not let that happen more.

8. To visit my parents at least 4 times in the year, and to see my grandad and my sister each at least twice in the year. I do actually get on with most of my family, and ought to make more effort to keep in touch with them.

9. To read more. Simple as that. I enjoy reading, but don't do it nearly as much as I should do.

10. To actually do things to my potential for a change, rather than to do the minimum that I can get away with. It would be nice if I could also manage to develop a work ethic at some point.

11. To experience an adrenaline rush at some point in the year. I can't remember the last one of these that I had, so it must be about time for another.

12. To write something of 10,000 words or more. I don't think that I've ever written anything of that length before, and given that I can write 1,000 words in 30-60 minutes, I don't think it should take too much work. I'm not sure what I want to write -- fiction or non-fiction -- but I want to write something.

13. To start eating properly. Sandwiches and crisps can only take one so far. I'd like to eat more healthily, probably less meat, definitely more variety, probably more adventurous, and definitely try to actually cook more.

There are probably other things that I meant to say here, but I can't remember any of them just now, and I need to go and get ready for university soon. I'm also plannign to review these every two or three months, to see how I'm doing.

Edit: I remembered several more goals whilst I was getting ready.

14. To keep my flat tidy and liveable. This is totally not hard, and well worth doing.

15. To practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty. And why not.

16. To learn the LJ S2 style system. It can't be that hard, can it?

17. To keep more in touch with current affairs. I actually do care about knowing what's going on in the world around me, and this is another thing that doesn't take much effort and is well worth it.

More as I remember them. Possibly.
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12. To write something of 10,000 words or more.

Nanowrimo, you know it makes sense :)

Actually, I know it doesn't make sense. 50,000 is too big a number. It's this huge big target that seems utterly unreachable when I start, which makes me less able to sit down to do it. Furthermore, I'm not really happy with the whole "writing crap" thing. And I'm not really sure that I want to write fiction.

9 - I need to do this, too. I've got a couple Tom Robbins books (among other things, but they're my priority) that I've had for a couple years and haven't gotten around to.

16 - Need to do this, too, but it's been so long since I've done support either here or on Blurty that I've actually forgotten a lot of S1. Maybe that will be helpful, though...

I'd also recommend trying to do number 1 as well.

That'd take too much effort.

Well, you could instead list your number one resolution as "Die", then go ahead and fulfill that one so you don't need to bother trying for the others.

Not that I recommend death. I'd much prefer you set your goal as "Don't die" and hope that you can accomplish it without much effort.

Well, I have no active desire to die, it's just that working on not dying is more effort than I think it's worth. I've made it nearly 35 years without having to try very hard, so I don't see it as something I need to expend effort on.

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