The Excitable Scientist

Mostly cheerful, sometimes snarky commentary on life science research and its broader impacts

2014 Resolutions January 2, 2014

Filed under: grad school,life outside the lab — excitablescientist @ 3:29 pm

As the word on the street is that setting specific goals and having your friends hold you accountable for meeting them is key to keeping New Year’s Resolutions, I have decided to post mine, 2014 edition.

So here they are, in what I think is increasing order of difficulty/decreasing likelihood of success. What are yours?

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10. Actually set up Christmas decorations this year

9. Practice playing piano for 1h, 3x per week

8. Dedicate at least one weekend half-day to PhD thesis only (no admin work or emails); preferably use some of this time to plan experiments for the coming week

7. Cut down on eating out; make at least 50% of meals at home

6. Get to work by 8am each day

5. Go to the pool/gym 2x per week

4. Read a book for 30 min, 3x per week

3. Limit non-work Internet time to 1h per day or less

2. Floss at least 3x per week

1. Spend less time being angry about issues I have no control over (related to #3) oh who am I even kidding

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2 Responses to “2014 Resolutions”

  1. APG Says:

    Maybe you could resolve to spend *more* time being angry about issues you *do* have control over, to achieve your resolution #1 in at least a relative sense?

    • I think I only get really indignant over perceived injustices that have little potential to be resolved within a reasonable timeframe (i.e. things I don’t feel I can change). Issues that are amenable to action aren’t quite so anger-inducing. But yes, I am striving to spend more time on these, while not losing sight of the big picture.


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