It's a new year, in case you missed it. I've decided to write out my 2016 graduate student resolutions. Mostly for my own sake, being accountable for these will definitely help. Some are small, others are pretty big. Some have "nothing" to do with my research or degree, while others are crucial.
1) Seriously take part of #365papers on Twitter - I started this in 2015. With high hopes of either reading a paper a day, or batch reading them, I failed miserably (ending with just over 100). So I'm starting fresh and already have a long backlog of papers I should have read ages ago. I'll also be taking the time to write out more notes on the papers and document what I would use them for. 2) Publish the two manuscripts I've been working on. - Whether through fear of failure, lack of interest, or not knowing exactly what to do, I've been sitting on two manuscripts for the past year. Slowly editing and working out the analyses, I haven't made much progress and I'm sick of it. So, both will be wrapped up and submitted by March. 3) Start two new manuscripts for publication from my work on *Fundulus*. - I've slowly been accruing data for my dissertation, but it's mostly just been sitting there. 2016 is the year it gets put to use and gets published. 4) Proposal defense in the Fall - Whoa man. This means getting super serious about getting in more data and making sense of what the heck it means. This will really mean a lot of work over the coming months, but it has to happen 5) Become more mindful - This is just in general. I get too focused and lost in the details to remember the big picture. I vaguely recall something about trees being in a forest....or was the bear in the woods? Anyway, this resolution will require me taking time to be still and quiet (two things I am horrible at...just ask my wife). 6) Speaking of my wife (and daughter), 2016 is the year I take more time to be present as a husband (and father) - Being physically present and mentally present are two very different things, and 2015 showed me I'm kind of bad at both. 7) Bring in a new undergraduate and help them to develop their own project - I've been working with one student this past year, but I'd like to bring in another to work through data and have them create their own project to present at a conference. 8) Schedule to schedule ("work to work") - I'm the worst at creating a schedule/plan for things (ask my wife). I'm committed to becoming better at this in both my research and family life. Facebook, Twitter, app updates, rearranging my pens and pencils...all are things I find myself doing instead of working. Obviously, my "work" area doesn't mean "work" to me anymore, so I've got to reclaim it. Either by changing where I work or what my work area looks/functions like, I'm not 100% sure yet, but I know it has to change. When I actually work at work, I can be more present when I'm home. 9) Simplify and declutter.....everything - I tend to keep things (physical and mental) around for way too long. I'm going to make a conscious effort to get rid of the things I don't use or help me in a meaningful way. I'm also going to work towards getting the mental clutter out of my head and down on paper so I don't have to worry about it anymore. I think the first step will be to get rid of as much paper as I possibly can. I'll scan, tag, and organize what I can, then recycle the rest. 10) More of this!!! - I've really enjoyed writing about my progress through my PhD and my random thoughts. It's really helped me to sit down and write out the things going through my head, so I'd like to keep going and write more.