Sunday, January 06, 2008


These are my New Year's Resolutions for 2008:
1. I will be kinder to myself.
2. I will procrastinate less.
These don't fit good goal-setting criteria--the S.M.A.R.T. system of making objectives that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. I've also already violated Resolution No. 2, to procrastinate less, because in my December 31 entry I said I would post my resolutions the next day (January 1), and here it is January 6 and I'm just getting them onto the blog.

The good thing about these resolutions, however, is that despite having violated No. 2, I won't castigate myself or feel guilty, because of Resolution No. 1: I'm being kinder to by setting these resolutions, which are vague, not measurable, not at all time-bound, yet mostly realistic, and surely attainable.

Oh, and I'll add a third one:
3. I will laugh more.
Speaking of which, go here for a humorous take on possible New Year's resolutions in the SciFi publishing world. The image above is taken from that same web page, owned by WSFA, the Washington Science Fiction Association.

So there. Whew. Done.


Shauna Roberts said...

Those sound like good resolutions. Good luck in sticking to them.

Charles Gramlich said...

I don't know, I have said before, when not making resolutions, that resolutions are for those who can't face reality. I definetely second your desire to be nicer to yourself, however. You dserve it.

Steve Malley said...

I'm not a big fan of S.M.A.R.T. myself. I prefer big, wild, insane, 'unattainable' dreams...

Which I then attain.

Like Thoreau said, dream of castles in the air, then build foundations up to meet them!

Lana Gramlich said...

Enjoyed the WSFA journal entries--many good chuckles there! Good luck with your resolutions. #3 is probably the best of the bunch. :)

Lisa said...

I think any resolutions that involve being kinder ourselves -- and better yet, laughing more -- are ones we have to set up daily reminders to ourselves about. I think if we can do those two, the procrastination will lessen on its own ;)

cs harris said...

I like the idea of being kinder to oneself. What a wonderful idea.

As you know, I am also trying to come to grips with my habit of procrastinating. Oddly enough, I find simply being aware of the fact that I am procrastinating is often the motivation I need to get me to do the little stuff. Not so sure about the big things I put off.

RK Sterling said...

Those sound good to me. :)

As for being kinder to yourself, I once made some self-deprecating remark to one of my friends, and she replied with, "Don't talk about my friend that way." Really stopped me in my tracks.

Be good to yourself and have fun. :)