Ah, a new year or as I like to call it “the time where you write the wrong year for the next three months and have to somehow make a 4 look like a 5”. How many papers have you seen dated incorrectly with 2014 or written 2014 for the date. I can say I have fallen victim to the wrong year syndrome of writing the previous year instead of the new year. ( I may have also dated a paper 2012 when the year was actually 2014, but that’s not important right now. Anyways.) The New Year isn’t just about writing the wrong year down, its also about setting new goals and starting with a new clean slate.

“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
What mood is that?
Last-minute panic.”
Bill Watterson

The one thing I want to stop is procrastinating. I will say i have gotten better at not procrastinating, but it is still bad. (I may have even procrastinated to write this blog post.Wink.Wink.) Procrastination is something I believe many people do with many everyday tasks, they just simply put it off. You know what you have to do and by when, but all you say to yourself is, “oh i’ll just do it tomorrow” and you say that for the next 2 weeks and then you realize your’re out of time. PANIC settles in and you regret not starting earlier. There are a lot of benefits from not procrastinating you don’t have that little thought in the back of your mind that you have something do, you probably end up saving more time in the long run, and you can probably have a nicer outcome.

“My mother always told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, ‘Just wait.”
Judy Tenuta

I would probably also like to be more organized this year because whenever I get a paper I usually just put it in any folder that is the easiest for me to access. But that hasn’t always worked out so well because I then end up taking about 20 minutes just to find a paper.

Those two goals are the only I can say I am mainly focused on because I’m not a big new years resolution person. I feel like you can change whatever you don’t like any time during the year, not just wait an entire year to make a change. But making new years goals could be good motivation for some people who like to start fresh for a new year and not have all the weight from the past year on them.


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