Saturday, January 29, 2011

New Year Resolutions 2011

I realised that I listed some things in my 2010 resolution that could not happen well, in 2010. So I might list them here again, but they are few and far between. These are in random order and not in order of importance.

1. Read a 100 books this year ( a paltry 26 last year. This has to improve)
2. Watch only a 100 films ( 300+ last year. I think I watched a movie a day)
3.Join a gym ( joined) exercise, swim, lose weight and regain stamina.
4. Read 50 ethnographies, fiction notwithstanding.
5. Read the JRAI and the Guardian everyday.
6. Go for more exhibitions at the Tate
7. Watch at least 6 operas and 6 plays
8. Volunteer with a human rights organisation ( volunteering from next week)
9. Apply for some funding for a project I feel strongly about.
10.Get an internship and then a job.
11. Travel to at least two new countries in Europe, hopefully work in one!
12.Get a distinction.
13. Write the best possible dissertation and hand it in on time.
14. Learn time management.
15. Read up and learn intensively about the following arenas- politics, gender, human rights, education and healthcare. ( Technically, the last two are also human rights, but I mean it more in the policy sense).
16. Get to know and converse with really, fun smart and exciting people who are not necessarily involved in my academic programme.
17. Volunteer with the Globe if time permits.
18.Look for jobs in development, market research, human rights organisations and in the public sector. Be proactive about it.
19.Try more new cuisines ( Tried lebanese, mexican, nigerian, japanese so far)
20. Learn more about the underground music scene. Go to more clubs.
21.Finish reading Ishiguro's novel ( When I finish this one, I shall have read all his published works till date).
22. Watch the Apu Trilogy.
23. Learn to cook 3 cuisines, super-well!
24. Write at least 5 essays for myself and 5 for publication.
25.Learn to be more diplomatic ( getting there!)
26. Not own any more moleskines.
27. Admit to myself that when I am down and out, I enjoy formula fiction, cheesy nachos and chicken wings.
28. Stop having inflammatory conversations with people who say things like "women should just do housework." Just smile and walk away. Or not smile. Basically, not waste my time.
29.Have at least four academic writing samples that I can be proud of.
30. Go to Dharamsala if I can go home this year.
31.Make time for the Butterfly Project.
32. Not miss deadlines for things that I am in interested in.
33. Write fabulous essays by the end of the year.
34. Write a book review for a very well-respected women's magazine ( Insert name if published).
35.Keep writing on this blog, and write about the book I read/ things I did and films I watched.
36. Go to more places by tube. It's amazing!
37.Write more letters to Baba and Ma, to siblings and to friends.
38. Not react immediately. Hear people out. Sometimes, they are much less provocative than they appear to be.
39. Own more pretty earrings!
40. Believe in my abilities
41. Meet at least four people who really inspire me- if not meet, at least write them super-sweet and not stalkerish letters about why they inspire me. Unfortunately, I can't write to Dravid. That would turn out to be stalkerish no matter how hard I try.
42. Learn to walk in high heels without tripping over.
43. Wear dresses in summer.
44.Clean my room more often. Hopefully, have a bigger room. 
45. Write at least three pieces a month.
46. Send out my writing more often.
46. Find out what "North Face"is.
47.Run the Half marathon.
48.Stay off alcohol, mostly. Apart from wine.And occasionally beer.
49.Learn how to write a CV. 
50. Read all the books bought from Skoob.
51. Learn how to use the kindle.
52. Get better at reading maps.
53. Not be afraid to make a complete ass of myself. 
54.  When in doubt, ask the most silly questions, even if they are extremely silly.
55. Ask someone how to put the accent on top of French names in Microsoft Word.
56.Respond to more emails.
57. Organise more pub nights.
58. Get to know my classmates better.
59. Learn the subtle and not-so-subtle art of networking. Network with the genuine intention of getting to know people.
59. Submit essays to publications in the UK. 
60. Write more short stories.
61. Really understand how things fit in within the anthropological discipline by the time I graduate.
62. Smile more.
63. Be able to laugh at myself.
64... and not too much at others.
65. Watch more Leonardo Dicaprio and Johnny Depp films.
66. Learn more about the work of Noam Chomsky.
67. Read up more on political philosophy.
68. Always look neat.
69. Get at least 10 published credits this year, all of which is good work.
70. Go to the library more often.
71. Read to little children.
72. Help someone with painting.
73. Go on a road-trip
74. Go scuba diving and rappelling again.
75. Teach a class.
76. Visit a prison.
77. Wake up as soon as the alarm rings.
78.Volunteer to teach in a village school ( May happen in 2012)
79. Be more organised.
80. Learn to let go of people and forgive them if they've hurt me.
81. Forgive myself.
82.Lie in bed and listen to the rain.
83. See the London skyline on a moonlit night.
84. Try to not be fatalistic.
85. Be more open to new ideas.
86. Start learning a new language by the end of the year.
87.Go to more places of worship.
89. Go into a synagogue.
90. Witness more demonstrations. This time, maybe even cover it.
91. Learn more swear words in different languages.
92.Add more countries to the places I want to travel when I turn thirty list ( 15 so far).
93. Get a job that allows me to have time to write.
94. Get a job in the first place.
95.Join a choir.
96.  Make friends with people from my grandfather's generation.
97.  Take good care of health; eat right.
98. Push for excellence; not create boundaries.
99. Try to be a better person.
100. Get flowers to brighten up my room

4 comments:

sherene said...

omg that's a long list! good luck with the resolutions :) and congrats on getting the volunteering opportunity!

Reeti said...

Thanks Sherene! If I didn't put them down, I knew I would forget! I could go on adding to that list, but then it would turn into a life list :D

Kali said...

That feeling of achievement when you cross them out after achieving the goals - Priceless. Good Luck :)

Magically Bored said...

"101: Try to relax a little bit" ?
You could consider putting that in. :)
All the same, this made for a good read. Not too pompous and packed-with-pseudo-good-intentions like most other resolution-lists are! :)