Monday, January 03, 2011

My resolutions and goals for 2011

I'm happy to still be on vacation this week. Any of you going to ALA Midwinter in San Diego? I'll be there--stop by the L,B booth and say hi!

As regular readers of this blog may know, most of the Blue Rose Girls make resolutions each year. I love this time of year! And I also personally pride myself for making resolutions that I actually keep. Well, partially keep, at least.

Here are my work-related resolutions for the new year (some I've kept from last year):
-Don't stay in the office past 9 pm, and if I do stay until 9, no more than twice a week
-Have my work email inbox at 20 or under at the end of each day I'm in the office
-Achieve Inbox Zero at least once a month
-Read an average of 1.5 published books per month
-Do more cultural activities (shows, museums, etc.)
-get 4,000+ followers on Twitter (follow me! @planetalvina)
-post on bloomabilities at least once a month (I actually have a new post up now. And yes, I know I resolve this one every year and fail...but hey, it's a new year!)
-clean my office (and apartment) a little bit once a week
-de-clutter my apt and office
-focus on acquiring Middle Grade and picture books--acquire at least two projects in each genre

Here are a few pie-in-sky goals that I don't personally have much (if any) control over:
-Have five of the books I've edited become NY Times bestsellers
-Have the books I edit collectively get at least 25 starred reviews
-Win an award for books I've edited in every category: picture book, early reader, MG, and YA

And there you have it. Regardless of whether I keep these resolutions or if these goals happen, may 2011 be happy, healthy, and full of bloomabilities for everyone. Happy New Year!


Sarah said...

Happy resolving!

I like the cultural activities resolution. I haven't seen many people make that a resolution, but it is a great one. Not only do you better yourself, but you help stimulate the arts in your city. Rock on!

carterbham said...

Just read about the promotion. Congratulations!

Brenda Bowen said...

Hmmm. I'm thinking of a way for you to achieve your picture book goal. Are you thinking of it too?

alvinaling said...

Haha--Brenda, yes. I owe you an email!