Well it is the beginning of 2013… For me it is a time for reflection on what I have done over the past year and what I need to do to continue to improve over the new year.
What have I done? Besides the first one, they are listed in random order as I think of them. 🙂
- Earned my PhD from Arizona State.
- Started a blog called The Assistant Professor
- Visited Devil’s Tower in Wyoming
- Found Pinterest and became addicted!
- Had a Pinterest Party
- Went to my first college football game as a non-band member. (That is a lie because I went to one or two before I joined the band at Ole Miss. Since then I have not gone to one as a non-band member.)
- Rooted for UK as they won the 11th National Championship… (I followed the entire season… This season I am having trouble keeping up with them…)
- Traveled out of the Americas for the first time… Turkey, Germany & Austria
- Got a couch… Hadn’t had one since before grad school…
- Met my geek crush!!! It was sickening how nervous I was, but I made it through. Now we are working on some projects for the year 2013.
- Made 3 super cool wreaths
- Put in my first IRB… Then my second…
- Wrote a proposal that was not funded… Have a second one out, but it is with the funding agency as they decide what gets funded.
- Traveled to visit my family in KY at least 3 or 4 times… Drove there…
- Got to go to 3 Thanksgiving meals. 🙂 I love turkey! I love Turkey too!
I know I have done more than what is listed, but thought 15 was a good number to stop with. Now it is time for me to start considering what I want to accomplish in 2013. I have been reading several books by Laura Vanderkam on how to use my time wisely. Before I can begin to look at my working hours, I need to ask myself these few questions she suggested to think about:
- What do I want to accomplish, professionally, in the next year? That is, what could I say in a year-end review or in the family Christmas letter?
- What actionable steps will these goals require? How many hours will these steps take? • How many hours do I want to work per week? Multiply this by 50 to get a rough total for the year (1,500 to 3,000 hours if you’re working 30-60 hours per week).
- Are my goals reasonable within this time frame?
- Where can I block these tasks in to my work schedule?
- What do I want off my plate at work? • Of these things, what can I ignore? Minimize? Outsource?
- How can I get better at my professional craft?
If you want to read the book these questions come from check out: Vanderkam, Laura (2010-05-26). 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Kindle Locations 1653-1661). Penguin Group. Kindle Edition.
My next post later this week will focus on what my 2013 end of the year review will look like. We can then see how close I come to this idea in 2014.
We can do it!