New Year, New You

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In almost every culture around the world that measures time with a calendar, the first day of a new year is always a cause for celebration. Our readers who live by the Gregorian calendar will be gearing up for New Year’s Day very soon, or they will have celebrated it a few days ago, depending on when they read this. On the other hand, our ethnically Chinese readers will commemorate their New Year — their most important holiday —on Feb. 18.

While the fireworks, champagne, Dick Clark and dancing dragon costumes are undeniably entertaining, the main reason people observe New Year’s Day is because it’s a time for introspection. They reflect on what they accomplished in the past year and look ahead to what they’ll attempt to do in the next one. For some, the latter involves a formal resolution to achieve a certain goal, which might include losing a few pounds through diet and exercise or quitting smoking cold turkey.

As IT pros enter 2007, they might have a few bad habits they want to kick or self-improvement regimens to initiate. CertMag is here to help our readers start out the year with a bang. Below are a few boilerplate resolutions for techies — please feel free to use any of these and customize them according to your needs.

 

 

  • I, (insert name here), hereby pledge that in 2007, I will no longer attempt to impress members of the opposite sex by reciting Monty Python sketches from memory. I also will refrain from discussing Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate and pretty much any other pop culture title that has the word “star” in it in nongeek social settings.
  • I, (insert name here), hereby pledge that in 2007, I will try to communicate with nontechies in clear, relatively jargon-free language. Consequently, I will limit my usage of acronyms to one per sentence in verbal and written correspondences. In addition, I will not roll my eyes at people who ask me what a disk drive is.
  • I, (insert name here), hereby pledge that in 2007, I will spend fewer than 10 hours per day engaged in social networking and gaming on the Internet. This means that I won’t forever quest on Everquest, and my Second Life will really be my second life.
  • I, (insert name here), hereby pledge that in 2007, I will go after as many certifications as are humanly possible to obtain. I will not stop until I have every letter of the alphabet represented after my name in my e-mail signature.
  • I, (insert name here), hereby pledge that in 2007, I will get that corner office/new title/big raise/other preferred career status symbol.
  • I, (insert name here), hereby pledge that in 2007, I will finally solve that Rubik’s cube sitting on my desk.
  • I, (insert name here), hereby pledge that in 2007, I will build a cutting-edge home network so that, finally, my computer will be able to talk to my refrigerator.
  • I, (insert name here), hereby pledge that in 2007, I will take a vacation, for crying out loud!

 

Brian Summerfield is senior editor for Certification Magazine. Send him your favorite study tips and tech tricks at bsummerfield@certmag.com.

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