From the professor’s desk:

I’m not setting resolutions this year. Instead, I’m going with a mantra: “Perfect is the enemy of good.” I’m not referring to religious or spiritual perfection, but PERFECTIONISM, a habit I’ve always struggled with. Over the past month, I’ve reminded myself: Perfect is the enemy of good. Get moving. Do a “good enough” job.

I also believe in new starts, but we can make a new start any time. We tend to look at a new year, a new month, a new week, as a chance to reset: I’ll start eating right on Monday, I’ll start exercising next month. You can begin again, right now. These artificial beginnings can become an excuse.

Favorite Christmas gifts: Clock, coffee mugs, journal for making lists. Blank journals are the best.

Be kind to yourself and others today, this week, this year. Snap out of perfectionism and do a “good enough” job. Then move on to the next thing.

What’s next for me: Class prep. Write syllabi. Set up course sites. Take car in to get windshield replaced (cracked by a rock kicked up by another car). Medical appointments of various types. Writing. Reading for work and for pleasure.

What’s next for you?