Another One Bites the Dust

by Artemis Greenleaf

We are in the dark of the year, listening to the death rattle of 2015. Many people are hard at work on shiny New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions that most of them won’t keep for more than a month. So I’m not going to bother. No, this most benighted time of year, the time of the Winter Solstice, is tailor made for reflection. What did I accomplish last year? What do I need to do in the coming year? Instead of resolutions that will fade by February, I’m doing a post-mortem of 2015, and a plan, complete with timeline and schedule for 2016. Looking back on what worked (and what didn’t), it’s easier to refine the plan into something both actionable and achievable. So if you’re among the 8% who actually keep their NYRs, congratulations! It’s working for you, so keep it up. If not, consider making a specific plan with goals and dates. I’m installing project management software (there are a number of free/open source options out there – I’m still researching). This year, be the (wo)man with the plan! And prepare for a fabulous 2016!