As I’m slowly acclimating myself to a new year (side note: Anyone else writing 2010 on everything? Well, that’s difficult, especially when working in an office with piles of paperwork), I ask myself what this first transition period has taught me.
A new year comes with resolutions, sure, but it also comes with “imaginary resolutions” (as I’ve temporarily, till coming up with something better, termed then). What have I accomplished that sets apart 2011 from 2010, and will I continue on with it? Or in simpler terms, what have I learned (so far)?
Well, it’s not worth a Nobel prize or anything, but here we go:
- People are people. People will disappoint you. Coming back from a great holiday and vacation, I expected the same joyous occasion once I got back to school… highly false. Lots of drama and lots of stress. But I’m trying to remind myself not to get involved and to concentrate on my goals.
- However, I’m also trying to learn not to isolate myself in sole pursuit of those goals. After all, loneliness is not a desired route.Surround yourself with people – but with people that will help further you and challenge you.
- Clean up my life. I’ve learned that organization is key. It makes your life and others’ lives a million times easier. This goes for both physical (keep my room clean, keep a daily schedule) to mental (am I thinking clearly? Or am I just making things harder by replaying them over and over in my head?). Of course, this is much easier said, than done.
- Resolutions should be done in steps. I’ve realized I’ve made no major progress in my resolutions, but that’s because I’ve made no small goals within them. For example: get a (new) driver’s license…
- I should start reviewing the driver’s manual
- Get a ride to the DMV
- Take the written test and obtain a permit
- Practice driving before the test
- Take the driving test
When broken up into five steps, it’s easier to complete and it puts you on the right track.
So that’s just a bit of what I’ve learned in the past 3 weeks or so. Hopefully as the year goes on I’ll learn more and accomplish beneficial things in 2011.