Every year I, like many people, set a bunch of resolutions for the new year
and then never actually follow through on them. Well this year I’m intentionally
keeping my list of goals very short, so that when I don’t get around to them, my
disappointment ratio will be a bit better. So here’s my short list of resolutions
that I might actually keep.
Really learn a language from the Lisp family. I have familiarity with some lisps,
and I’ve been fascinated with symbolic programming since my undergraduate days, but
I’ve never actually built anything useful with a Lisp. I intend to learn a lisp well
enough to be able to build something non-trivial in it.
Get to the frickin gym more. I’m a decently healthy guy - I train in martial arts
several times a week, and I eat halfway-decently - but I need to be doing more on my
off-days. Right now it’s tough because I’m working full time while trying to wrap up
a Master’s degree, but I really should be hitting the gym more often, even if it’s just
a few times a week.
Improve my touch typing ability. Yes, it’s a shame I know. I spend countless
hours programming but honestly I’m not a very strong typist. It’s definitely something
that I would like to work on in the new year.
So there’s my list. Will I nail down all 3? Probably not. But I’m going to give it my
best try. Happy new year everyone!