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:
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…
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.