In true Local Area Agreement self-assessment style (do you ever feel like your work life is over spilling into your personal life?), I’ve been looking back over my New Year’s Resolutions to see how I’ve been doing. The picture’s not looking great, to be honest. I am a little off target…
1. Become more assertive – well, that takes time doesn’t it? I mean, it’s a complete change of character so you can’t be expected to rush it, can you?
2. Finish my dissertation by November – I’ve started it. So it’s looking more positive than some of the other resolutions, at least.
3. Don’t get caught up in wedding stuff – I don’t want to talk about my wedding on here. I think it’s a bit too personal. Needless to say it’s stressful. But they’re supposed to be, right?
4. Actually pay for albums – none of the ones I named have come out yet. But so far this year, I’ve got the Lupe Fiasco, Duke Spirit and Hot Chip albums. And, no, I didn’t pay for any of them. Although technically I haven’t broken the resolution because I do intend to pay for the ones I named. And I am paying to go and see Hot Chip live, so… God, why am I defending myself to you lot?
5. Get a new job – I should be filling out two job applications right now. Nothing like leaving things til the last minute…
6. Go on holiday – yeah, I don’t have the time or money for a holiday.
7. Read at least 3 of the unread books on my shelf – I’ve read one, so I’m exceeding the target. Woo!
8. Practice self-hypnosis at least once a week – I haven’t done it since the middle of December. It’s hard to justify lying down with your eyes closed and breathing deeply for twenty minutes when you have coursework to do.
9. Listen to the radio more – I do it every day now and I absolutely love it. I can highly recommend falling asleep on Sunday nights to Guy Garvey on 6music (thank you for the tip, Omar).
10. Listen to every single song in my iTunes library – I’m down to 840 songs unlistened. I think that’s progress.