2008 was a good year for me. Got married, business is great, and overall Sara and I worked towards setting up a future together. 2009 will be a year of many changes. Hopefully before the year is done we’ll be in our own home, with a car that doesn’t break down constantly, and be working on getting little munchkins of our own. Well, one at least.
In 2010 I expect my life will be just black and white different than it is today.
My big goal for the short term is getting stress under control. I have noticed a link between getting sick and under a lot of pressure at work. I think I’m managing my time pretty well, and I get a lot done and in good timeframes, but my to-do system is terrible. Don’t let me fool you I still get most everything done, but the ones I miss really kill me. Put another way, it bothers me when I call someone in business and they don’t call me back, ask a question and get no response. Usually not a lot but still – I never want to be on the non-response side of that!
Ideally I would provide a mention-it-and-it’s-done service i.e. anything no matter how big or small which gets pointed my way I would follow up on until completion, presenting decision-makers with clear information and executing directions as efficiently as possible. Right now I get all the big stuff done in this manner, but I do lose small bits of info and occasionally get significantly sidetracked by an emergency, even on larger projects.
To sum up, I do pretty well with my “terrible” to-do system but I know there’s a lot of room for improvement. I see nothing wrong with aiming for perfect and if I fall a little short, hey, I’m human.
Good luck in 2009!