Eliana Osborn, for the Chronicle of Higher Education (Jan. 2013), has set just a few resolutions for the upcoming year. While many of my friends and colleagues either refuse to set “resolutions” or repeatedly focus on health/weight/beauty or financial issues, I am going to suggest a different approach for this year- a “Goal” approach. Osborn has it right on the money with her list of academic resolutions:
-Read more in my discipline.
-Engage with colleagues.
-Hold firm on the guidelines you set [for both others and yourself].
So… if doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results is insanity, then I know a LOT of insane people. Stop setting ridiculous, unachievable, and probably vague resolutions year after year. Take a different approach to moving forward with your professional and personal life in 2013 and set some very real, very quantitative goals.