I am including things that are realistic and will help me to be a better, more balanced person. I am framing these as things to reach for (positive) as opposed to behaviors to stop (negative). I intend to do these things this year, 2013:
I will Finish my Doctoral Thesis
Before anything else, I will finish my PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning (Educational Research) at Lancaster University in 2013. All of my being and attention is oriented toward this first intention.
I will Publish an Article
Once I complete my thesis, I will publish at least one article based on my research. This does not mean it needs to come out in print in 2013 (not possible given the lead time), but something will be accepted or in-process (even with revisions requested). Too often I do research and do not publish the findings after presenting them at conferences or collaborate on articles with others, though I want to develop my own research stream. I will change this pattern of behavior with my doctoral thesis work.
I will Build a Consistent Online Presence
I am quite active on Twitter, though want to have a more consistent presence on LinkedIn, Academia.edu, and ResearchGate. This also includes my own professional website. Moreover, it does not simply mean current information, but a consistent sense of presence, voice, and intention regarding my professional interests, research, and identity.
I will drink 2 liters of Water Each Day
I believe water is valuable for good health, and while I have been gradually increasing my daily intake, I do not think it has been sufficient and balanced. This amount comes from a combination of the Institute of Medicine‘s recommendation, minus the amount of other things (coffee, juice, food) I consume for the remainder of what I need. I believe this will help my body to begin to better self-regulate and find balance, something that will hopefully permeate other part of my life.
Let the new year proceed, and may we live in interesting times.