Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Resolutions - 2013

This is definitely the CapitalOne process dork in me coming out, but this year I'm going to try something slightly different and make S.M.A.R.T. resolutions for New Years.  For the uninitiated, SMART is a framework that helps you make better goals, and stands for Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-specific.  Basically, it forces you to be very clear and specific about what you actually want to do, and avoid overly vague statements like "live life better".  It works decently enough in a professional setting, so I guess it won't hurt to give it a shot here!  And now, without further ado, Nik's 2013 resolutions:

Health & Weight Related:
- Lose an average of 5 lbs per month for the first 6 months of 2013.  That may sound like a lot, but when you break it down it's only about 1 1/4 lbs per week, which is well within the 1-2 lb range that's generally considered healthy.  Plus, last year I actually did it for 2-3 months before going off track.  So definitely attainable.
- Run & complete the Monument Ave 10k on April 13th.
- Limit myself to 1 16-oz coffee per day on 4 of 5 work days - allow myself another cup on 1 weekday.
- Make at least 1 meal/recipe per week that I've never made before.  I have a TON of recipes that I've ripped out of Men's Health magazines over the years but have never tried (don't judge).

Social & Personal
- Go to Nu Nightclub at least once per month.  This really shouldn't be that difficult - it's within walking distance, I know people who go there so I don't have to go alone, and it has beautiful dancing men.  'Nuf said.  It'll also help me meet more guys, which directly feeds into another resolution below.
- Go to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts at least once every 2 months.  I'm a member so I get into most exhibits either for free or at a reduced rate, but I go way too rarely.  Even if it's just a Wednesday Jazz night, I really should go more often.
- Take a cruise.  It doesn't have to be at a particular time or to a particular place, but I want, nay - NEED, a vacation this year.  I haven't had a real vacation in 5 years, and it's starting to gnaw at me.  I need a break.
- Keep my work-related email to less than 100 at day-end, and don't allow any email to get past 2 weeks.  I know, I know, this really shouldn't be on my list ... but it is.  I want to do better in ALL aspects of my life, and for better or worse, work is a significant part of life.
- Break the being-single-streak with a somewhat serious relationship.  Ok, so this one isn't exactly a SMART goal, but given how important this one is to me, I'm giving it a pass.  I don't exactly have a way to measure it, but I'll know it when it happens.

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