Chris Baus

37: one more down

This weekend was my 37th birthday – solidly putting me into middle age. Birthdays, like New Year’s, are a time for reflection. I spent sometime considering my resolutions and some predictions at the end of 2011, and it is a good time to check in.

Conclusion? Last year wasn’t a bad year, but it wasn’t a standout either. I could be doing better on my resolutions all around. The most import of which is to review my to do list daily. I keep coming back to the late Randy Pausch’s talk on Time Management, which was recorded near the same time as his famous Last Lecture, but I find it difficult to achieve Pausch’s zen level of productivity. This sounds counterintuitive, but to do more, I need to plan to do less – or in other words, be more realistic about what I can accomplish.

I’m not a morning person. I never have been, and probably never will be. I’m much more productive at night, so to take advantage of this I will prepare my daily task list for the night before, and email it to myself.

I will follow up on the status of my 2011 predictions.