Every year as part of this series I make a set of resolutions or goals. In the past these resolutions appeared at the end of another post, but this year I decided to separate this list into its own entry, divided, as always into two categories. This is the final installment in my end-of-2018 series.
The eternal, nebulous, unquantifiable
- Continue learning to let go of things that are beyond my control. Most things are.
- Be more patient and charitable with people I know and tolerant of distraction (while working to limit it).
- Smile more often.
- Continue to exercise, maintain or improve health, diet, flexibility and fitness.
- Take more time for mindfulness exercises, something I did intermittently in 2018, but intend to do more regularly in 2019.
The specific, concrete, actionable
- Take at least one day off each weekend, as defined by no work email, no grading, and no academic writing.
- Take ten minutes every afternoon for quiet meditation and reflection.
- Although I submitted my book proposal, I need to re-up the goal to sell my first book because as the year comes to a close that goal is yet incomplete.
- Complete two article manuscripts for submission to journals. My goal of three last year was excessive, particularly while working on the book proposal.
- Write two abstracts to submit to conferences.
- Book reviews are not high on the list of priorities, but I would like to find one book to review in 2019. I did not do one in 2018.
- I cleared my reading goal of 52 books for 2018, and will re-up at the same level
- 33% of those books should be by women
- I read 12 non-fiction books in 2018, but will re-up this year’s goal of 10 books
- In lieu of languages this year, I am setting a goal of reading fiction from at least ten different countries. This should be doable, since I have books from more than five on my to-read shelf right now.
- I want to read at least five books by African Americans (either fiction or non-fiction, suggestions welcome)
Finally, to conclude this series a message for my readers: thank you for following along. I have some ideas of posts coming down the pipe in 2019, including a revised list of my favorite novels, but, as usual, content here will end up a reflection of my year and what I have the energy to write about. Whatever I write, I hope you’ll join me.
In the meantime, may the coming year be one of warmth and joy for you as we all work to build a better future.