Another installment in my year-end reflections.

In my 2012 post, I laid out a couple of things to think about during the upcoming year. I feel like I did a pretty decent job with at least one of them: turning off. This summer, my family and I rented a cottage and vegged out for a month and a half. I intended it to be a semi-working vacation, but it ended up being a barely-working vacation, and it was awesome. I also made some changes in the second half of the year that made me more mindful of getting sucked into work while on the go: I stopped using email on my phone, I got myself an OFF Pocket, and I’ve generally stopped carrying my phone so much. I started riding bike for fun around the city, and got back into a decent running routine (about 800 miles on the year). So, I feel like things are a bit more relaxed than a year ago.

Work-wise, I haven’t branched out as much as I’d hoped. I’ve got a few big deadlines in the next month or so, after which I plan to come up with an interesting project or two to shake out some of the cobwebs. If anyone is planning to do something really cool, let me know 😀

I continue to feel less and less connected to my old academic self. This is something I don’t talk about much, either online or in person, though I was recently persuaded by a friend that others might benefit from hearing about it. In the upcoming year, I hope to write more about this issue and other more varied topics than what I allowed myself in 2013.

Out with the old. Happy new year!

5 thoughts on “2013

  1. Peter Knight

    Interesting read! I finally got a smartphone this year after a large gap and I generally leave it at home, but some bad habits such as email checking are creeping in.

    Do you have plans for Anthologize this year?

    1. Boone Gorges Post author

      Anthologize! Yes, I haven’t forgotten about it. I don’t have concrete plans, but I should definitely make this one of the things I devote some real time to after my January rush. Thanks for the nudge 🙂

  2. Siobhan

    I’d be interested in reading what you have to say about becoming more disconnected to your old academic self, particularly since it’s something I’ve experienced myself.


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