My 2017 goals

I don’t put a lot of stock into making New Year’s resolutions; in fact, I usually try to start a habit on an otherwise ordinary day so that when I fall off the wagon it’s easier to get back on. But I like the idea of having a time of year when you think about the past and how you want the future to be different. So here are some ways I’m wanting to do 2017 differently from 2016.

(Note: these are not yet “SMART” goals; before undertaking a new project I’ll think a lot about what success would look like and what kind of effort I’m willing to put in, and you’ll probably hear about it here too.)

Deepening relationships

I’ve never been great at keeping in touch with friends and family who are far away. I meant to send out Christmas cards this past year and it got away from me. In 2017 I’d like to be better about regularly sending letters, emails, text messages, video messages, etc., and just being there for the people I care about.

Taking care of my body

I’m really starting to feel the lack of regular, vigorous exercise, so I’d like to introduce that into my life again too.


I’d like to be more systematic about the parts of running our tiny household that I don’t find so fun: the grocery shopping, the cooking, the tidying, the random life stuff. I want to get it done without spending a lot of time dreading it.

Work work

While I keep looking for employment as a math academic, I’m still trying to put in time doing research and writing papers. This fall I had a hard time making myself set aside time for that, and I’d like to be better about it in 2017.

Fun stuff

I’d like to be more mindful of how I spend my fun time. Often on days where I want to get some annoying thing done but spend the day anxiously procrastinating instead, I look back on the time and think “I could have at least been reading!” (or knitting, or something else I actually enjoy).

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