New Year’s resolutions … why not?

Dec. 31, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

I have never been a big proponent of the New Year’s resolution.

I figure, why wait until the beginning of a new year to develop a list of things you want to spend the rest of the year changing?

Alas, I have had a lot of time to think about things I want to do differently as I have spent two days traveling to see family in Kansas and two more days visiting with family but thinking about what I could do differently this next year.

So, I developed a bit of a list and the question will be how well I can stick to it:

• Better social media practices: I have two Twitter accounts — one for work and one personal — as well as a Facebook page, Linkedin and Google+ page. I haven’t been really aggressive with any of them over the last year but I haven’t taken real advantage of them. I think I will scale in an approach to be a little more aggressive with using all of my social media. However, I have to get past the notion that I don’t think anyone really cares what I do or how I do it. Guess I will have to find something more interesting to post.

• Be a better teacher: This is something I have been lacking in over the last year. This relates to both work and home. I have always been of the personality that people learn at their own rate and I typically don’t intervene. However, we all have some knowledge others can learn from. Perhaps this year I will try to teach my kids and others some of the lessons I have learned over the course of my life.

• Spend more time with family: Since this is my last vacation in Kansas for two years I will try to communicate more with my family, both at home and abroad. I typically call my grandparents once a week but sometimes I forget or get bogged down with other things. When I’m home, I typically have homework or other things that will occupy my time. I will make every effort to be better at time management and find more time to call or spend time with my family.

• Find time for myself: I know I just talked about creating better time management skills to spend time with family, but I also realized I need to find time for myself as well. Between work, school and family time gets to be pretty limited. But, there is a need for everyone to power down and just have time for themselves. This could be the hardest resolution to fulfill. Not because the time isn’t there but more because time is at a premium and I would rather find time to spend with family and friends and not really worry about myself.

• Lose weight: Yeah, I know everyone has this as a resolution but I figured it was time to actually do it. It isn’t that I have a lot of weight to lose but being healthy should be something everyone strives for. I don’t eat a lot of junk or worthless food but I can still cut what little I do eat and try to make better dietary decisions. I’m not setting a goal of how much weight to lose because I worry once I get to that point, I will just revert back to my old ways.

• Less soda: I live and die by Diet Dr. Pepper. I have for about a decade now. There is no way I will ever be able to stop cold turkey but I can make a better effort to not drink as much. Perhaps I can try that one drink that will help with this resolution and my last one … water.

I go into this not knowing the results or how well I will be able to do it, but I do like a challenge and see this as one of my most difficult.

Of course, the occasional reminder from others regarding what my resolutions are might not hurt either.

Despite being over 1,000 miles away I hope everyone back home in Rutherford County has a safe and Happy New Year.


Matthew Clark is the editor of The Daily Courier. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TDCMatt.