Since making a new year's resolution worked so well for me last year (and obviously, I'm pretty pleased with myself, since I keep bringing it up), I've decided to make a few this year. I intend to keep these as well as I did the one about not buying new books, CDs and videos all last year. (Last year! It's over!)
1. I will clear my desk of unnecessary paperwork and keep it clear. I've actually been thinking about this one for a while now, and doing nothing about it. So it might take until December to make this happen (heck, it might take until December 2003), but it will happen.
2. I'll get caught up on my filing and clean out the filing cabinet. This means going through all the files and boxing up everything that's out of date. I have five-year-old invoices that I have to keep, and five-year-old letters that I can toss out (for recycling in the new big blue box, of course). This also could take the whole year, but it'll make life a whole lot easier once it's done.
3. I'm going to pay my bills on time. Not the company bills, because I do the best I can there with what I have to work with. It's my personal bills that get shoved aside in piles of unopened mail. If I go through the mail every day and pay bills whenever I get paid, I should save a lot of penalties and late fees.
I could go on and on like this, but I should stop before I commit myself to something I'm never going to do, like filing tax forms before the last minute. Deadlines are still my friends, because they help me get things done.
However, let us give lip service to those resolutions that have served so well, year after year. I'll eat better, and get out more, and get more sleep and exercise, and keep the house cleaner. These are ongoing personal renewal projects, with no expiration date, but it's not a bad idea to remind myself every so often. My last diet started on April 13, so I'm not exactly constrained by the calendar.