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7 New Year's Resolutions I Invite Others to Steal

Monday - Family

1. Spend More Time And Better Time With The Wife and Dog-Daughter.

One of my biggest problems is that even when I'm not supposed to be working, I actually am still working. Wherever I am and whatever I'm doing, I'm still a writer and an editor. Ideas for articles and posts always stew around in my head, with writing gradually coming together as I piece together new thoughts or turns of phrase. This rightfully annoys The Wife. When I'm supposed to be spending time with her and our Siberian Husky Maura, often I'll still have work and writing on my mind. With the advent of internet-enabled smart phones it's even worse, as I can technically start "working" from anywhere, answering emails from writers and researching articles from anywhere.

This year I resolve to cut that out.

When it's family time, the internet goes off. But the camera will still go on. And on Mondays I'll blog with pictures from the family's weekly adventures and offer reflections on dog ownership and how I've come to regard it as the training wheels for parenthood. (Thanks for the tip, Rhonda.) Some day I'll be a Dad; but I still have a long way to go before I'm ready -- as if any man ever truly is.

Tuesday - Practical

2. Be more Diligent About Sticking to a Schedule.

I think part of the way I'll do better about giving Maura and April the quality time they need and deserve will be to better use and manage my working time. This Christmas I received an iPad from my parents. One of the things I'm going to use it for is to help me get better organized and efficient. On Tuesdays I'll offer updates of how I use it and other technologies to bring more order to the chaos.