My New Year’s Matrix

The end of year is stereotypical retrospection. What you did (or didn’t), gained (or lost), and ultimately, are you better off now than you were a year ago?

While I’m definitely not above these type of musings, I do like to apply a bit more logic and structure to these types of things–if there’s one thing I love, it’s finding quantifiable data!–so I’m not going to write a post of resolutions or a 2013 top 10 or something like that. I created a grid to provide not only structure, but perspective as well:

Want/Have grid

Consider these four things:

  • What are the things that you don’t have, and you don’t want? 
    For me, it runs the gamut…a stressful job, chronic illness, to name a few.
  • What are the things that you don’t want, but you have?
    Student loans. This x100.
  • What are the things that you want, but you don’t have?
    New tires? I kid, I kid. More job satisfaction, more money, more things that I realize are mostly material. I’m a lucky girl.
  • What are the things you want AND that you have?
    I have a flexible job with great benefits; a supportive husband and stepdaughter; a cozy, well-insulated house; enough money; and not to forget this guy…

Otis the pug…who makes me smile everyday.

The matrix, which I first discovered during some training at my previous institution, helps not only put things into perspective, but also frames goals in the wider picture.  Developing professionally is developing as a person, too, and it’s all about balancing and blending the areas that mean the most to you.


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