I was looking back at older blogs and realised that I hadn’t wrote anything reflective around this time of year – mainly out of fear of being a massive bloggin’ cliche. What I’ve realised is that you can’t avoid being reflective at the start of a new year – and especially after being off on holiday. I was ideally looking for something to compare my achievements and goals from 2008 to 2009. These things can definitely be helpful – even down to the process of writing it down and putting it out there. So, I thought, sod worrying about being a cliche and just do it.
Here are a few things I would like for 2009:
– Blog more and blog better. I know I always start my blog entries with this, but I’m hoping that when the Ph.D. FINALLY begins (12th of this month), that I will be able to document the process with much more clarity. Furthermore, through utilising my networks on twitter and delicious, I’ll be able to make the whole online “social media” process far more fluid and inclusive of what is going on “offline” as well. I would like to think that the last 3 months have been practise for just now.
– Complete my (part time) Advance Postgraduate year at the same pace as those doing it at fulltime level. As I will be on campus pretty much fulltime, I don’t see why I can’t do the work at the same pace. I can only confirm this goal once I actually get going – I have a copy of the handbook and I’ve been reading since before Christmas in preparation for this.
– Continue proactively thinking about work and where I can get it from. I am grateful to my department for putting me forward for teaching assistant jobs and I am sorted until end of term. I need to be thinking about what I can do over the summer and potentially looking for part time research positions as I gain more experience in my field. This is one thing I just need to be consistently focusing on and not something that will happen over night. 2008 has shown me that it takes a combination of being available, meeting and networking with people online (off) and just generally being into your work (and wanting to work with others are into to it just as much as you) has been the way to go about it. I understand that this will be the case for a long, long time as I believe the old school style of getting a job and sticking it forever is long gone.
– Continue my fitness plan. Continue to learn to cook. Use my new bike whenever possible. All of these things are quite easy to fit in and I have been doing it for the last 2 months, I just would to keep on that route. In addition to quitting smoking 4.5 months ago, I am also quitting alcohol temporary (30 days at least to see how I get on – these sort of things can change your whole social life, let alone imporve your health.)
Overall I just want to keep ploughing on in the same manner I have been these last few months. The latter part of 2008 has been good to me – I just want to keep going along the same sort of paths, meeting the same sort of people and generally just being happy.