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New Year's Resolutions

Published January 2, 2013 4:37 PM by Lisa Mueller

I haven't always made New Year's resolutions; in fact, I don't recall any resolutions through most of my high school and college years. I think I always just try to be a better person -- a better listener, a better friend, a better wife. Some years I think I do pretty well with my goal, other years I could probably do better.

This year I've decided to make two resolutions, one personal and one professional. My personal goal is to read one book each month. I have a list of many books I feel I need to read, including both historical classics and more current bestsellers. I have a pile of three so far: The Diary of Anne Frank, The Hunger Games series and The Tipping Point. I've got a few in mind for the rest of the year, but if you have any recommendations please send them my way. Perhaps if my resolution to read more is an enjoyable one, I'll consider starting a book club with some of my friends. That would be fun!

As far as a professional resolution, I had several ideas but finally decided on regularly participating in our department's journal club. I'd also like to be more efficient with my average number of visits per patient and take a class this year focusing on the thoracic spine. I think my professional goals are all connected to some degree that with more experience and interaction in research and evidence-based practice; I can become more efficient and learn more about a variety of diagnoses.

As I was writing this blog, I updated the software on my iPhone and inadvertently deleted all my contacts, apps, text messages, notes etc. I'd like to add an additional resolution for this New Year to include not deleting all of my own stuff. Perhaps this is a metaphor for "starting the year off fresh" or "a blank slate," if you will.

What about you? Do you have goals for 2013? How do you measure your resolutions for becoming a better physical therapist?

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