The Random House Unabridged Dictionary defines resolute as firmly resolved or determined; set in purpose or opinion. I couldn’t have defined it better. Last year, I did in fact create me first real list of New Year Resolutions. It was a good experience, if for no other reason in that the exercise caused me to think about the prior year and at least consider what I wanted to accomplish in 2008. So how did I do on my 2008 resolutions?
Learn another language: F. I just didn’t get around to make the time for it. And, the person I wanted to converse with isn’t talking to me any more (see: Repair Relationships).
Make a difference: C. Yeah, this was to ambiguous. I think I did some good, both personally and professionally, but I should have been more specific. That would make me feel better about the results.
Finally launch every web app/blog/service I’ve started and have yet to finish: C+ I really tried hard here to be less ADD about everything Web 2.0, but it’s so hard! But, I did get several projects either completed or off my plate, most notably www.MyCookingShow.tv and www.PictureMe.mobi (thanks for the cattle prod Andre!). Today, I took the covers off of www.DeployAdopt.com, a work-related catharsis for me. And, I finally found some good developer help, so that will help get things done more quickly.
Be a better father: B- I put a minus on there because I think around September I started getting my priorities screwed up and became the workaholic that I so dearly love. Interestingly, Zachary has taken to coming up to me out of the blue and telling me how great a dad I am. Yeah, wow.
Stop putting off until tomorrow what I should do today: C+ Again, I petered out around mid-year on this. Just too much on my plate, I seriously considered getting a personal assistant. It may seem overkill, but how different is that from having a maid come in 2x a week?
Repair relationships: B- Always a work in process. Always. I think what I’ve had to work on the most is caring about relationships. That’s hard, especially when you can’t just troubleshoot, diagnose and fix like a software program. Heck, just instilling logic into conversations would be a monumental leap. But I digress…
Play more poker: C This should have been play better poker. I did play more in 2008, but it was more low-dollar games (home, online SNGs) that don’t really hone my skills. Only 1 trip to Vegas too 🙁
Cook more: A+ Without a doubt, I knocked this one out the ballpark. Focusing on getting MyCookingShow.tv launched was a big part of this.
Eat less, exercise more: C Again, I just made it to about August/September and then the wheels came of the cart. Then, I allowed myself the traditional Thanksgiving – year’s end grace period, summarily gaining tonnage. Drats.
There you go. How did you do? I’m going to take some more time before committing to my 2009 Resolutions.