New Year’s this year was kind of a bust. We had plans to go over to our friends’ and play games and eat yummies. Instead, we stayed home because H had a fever and a wracking cough that was so bad she vomited, more than once. We had plans for the next day, too, so no “Chipwrecked” for us. It’s getting to be quite a habit for her – illness on special occasions. I hope it doesn’t last.
So this year, my “resolution” was to be more work-focused. I don’t know why, but lately I have been feeling like a slacker. I take afternoons off, don’t work the weekends, sometimes I feel like a part-timer. My billable hours are still good, though. On the 1st, I came down and finished up a few things and completed my billing for the month. A respectable 137 last month, even with the holidays. I know that I get my work done, and that there are times when I don’t have anything billable to do, but I still feel guilty not spending more hours in the office. Maybe it’s because I’m a partner now. I should be more ‘responsible’… I don’t know.
Anyway, yesterday was my first day back to work after the holiday, and my resolution went out the window. I had to drive an hour for a morning hearing and had an afternoon hearing, and by then, I was done. I just wanted to go home. So I did. I knew that there were things at the office I could have done for an hour or so, but I didn’t care. I knew I would be in the office today, and in my opinion, unless there’s a deadline, anything can wait until tomorrow. My resolution did not change me – not even one little bit. It didn’t survive a day. I think my December billing shows (enough to satisfy ME anyway) that my system works. Bust your butt when you’re working and don’t work when you don’t have to. It’s a good balance for me…I still felt guilty taking an early afternoon yesterday, though.
I hope that (if you want to) you all have more resolve than I do to make your New Year’s resolutions a reality! Have a great year, everyone.