New Year, New Revolution

There are some slip ups my wife makes in English that really should become the new norm. “New Year’s Revolutions” is one of them. If your new year’s resolutions aren’t revolutionary then you clearly aren’t entering into the spirit of the occasion.

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I’m a few days late with these, but the first working day of the year isn’t until tomorrow so I think I’m forgiven.

  1. To be asked for help more.
    On the morning of Jan 1st, I received an email from someone I didn’t know asking for help with a decision he was making. The very fact that I’d been asked made my day. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that being asked for help (and then providing it) made me happy.
  2. To speak to people more.
    I’ve never known why, but as I move down the hierarchy of communication (face-to-face, video, phone, IM, email), I skip from meeting face-to-face right over audio/video conferencing. I’d rather email/IM someone than speak to them on the phone. I’m going to make a conscious effort to change this. I’ll start here: Call me on Skype (launches skype)
  3. To establish focus.
    I always seem to have more projects than time. I’ve always assumed that this is because I spend to much time at (or travelling to) the office. As a result, I started a number of things in 2009 that are, as yet, unfinished. By breaking all new ideas down into mini projects I plan to focus on seeing each one through to completion, or to abandon it fully and not let it sit around in the background.
  4. To live life in Chinese for a day.
    The obvious place to undertake this challenge would be in China, but with no concrete plans to visit China this year, I’m going to have to work hard on this one. If I focus, there is no reason why I can’t do this in 2010. 加油!

And so there we have it. With all but the last of these, I’m breaking every rule in the book about setting measurable goals or objectives. However, I see these more as points of lifestyle rather than as things to be ticked off a list. I’ll leave it to you to judge whether these are revolutionary.

My 3 words for 2010 are: focus, need, communication

If you have similar goals I’d love to hear about them. You know what they say, “a problem shared is a problem halved.”