I want to start 2018 with a piece about what I resolve to accomplish in 2018. In doing this, I hope to have a public reminder to which I can be held. Also, I do enjoy doing data visualizations, so I hope to have something to show at the end.
I resolve to
- read more
- give more
- learn C
- focus on mathematics and scientific computing
- be a better spouse
- live healthier
These are the main goals I resolve to accomplish in 2018:
- Run a sub 1:50:00 half-marathon
- Get a paper accepted for publication in an appropriate peer-reviewed journal
- Graduate my sometimes stubborn dog through obedience school
- Take a big trip with my wonderful wife
- Submit at least visualizations to the r/dataisbeautiful monthly competitions
- Hopefully win at least one of them!
These are specific actions that I will use to measure my progress in accomplishing my resolutions.
- Read at least one scientific journal article that directly/tangentially relates to my research per week
- Read at least one non-scientific book (philosophy, business, history, etc.) per month
- Give at least 10% of my income to my church
- Give at least 5% of my income to charitable causes
- At least two big dates with my wife per month
- Run at least 10+ miles per week
- Exercise, other than running, for at least 1 hr per week
- Meditate for 10 minutes per day
I will be keeping a notebook of my progress on these goals, and likely post monthly updates here. I might also post summaries/reviews of the books and articles that I read, just to keep this blog active. For the programming exercises, I will keep those in a repository on GitHub.