I worked hard on my WebCT course yesterday, but only got a quarter of it done. I stopped to run to the bank, to have tea with The Empress, to answer questions from my family, and for meals. I also did blogging and applied for writing gigs.

And in and among all that, I took a couple of tests. I don’t usually do online quizzes. I’d gone to Brainbench to take a couple of their free tests when I felt that I needed a break. I started the MSWord test with confidence. I use Word all the time. I could tell in the first few questions, though, that I was not prepared. Quick, what’s the keyboard shortcut for a new document? The fastest way to save (no, it’s not control S)? Look at this little arrow here — what does it do?

Embarrassing. And I guess it’s a good thing I don’t bill myself as a typist.

Anyway, after that fiasco I sure wasn’t going to try any more tech tests there. So I took the free personality test. “It’s so nice to be you!” it said. I looked around to see whether they were being sarcastic, but apparently it’s just a nice, reassuring test for people who’ve bombed with a piece of software they’ve used ever since it came out.

Then I had an email offering me the GTD test to see what quadrant I was in, and I turned out to be Captain/Commander, “on top of your game.”

These things were well-timed. Not only had I spent the entire day (save interruptions) working on a project and only getting through .25 of it, but I had also gotten back to the gym at last and felt like it was my first day there.

The Empress and I both are recommitting to healthy living for our New Year’s Resolutions. Her mother moved in with her, bringing her fried foods with her, and she’s gotten sedentary. Me, too. And I don’t have a mother excuse.  For me, it’s been the tech worker schedule and the resultant late-night pizza deliveries.

So I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill yesterday, at an incline of 5 and a speed of 3, and it felt like a workout. Sigh. I’ll be at the gym every day now. Even if it does mean that I don’t get as much work done as I want. I’m also making balanced meals and eating them at the table.

I decided that another thing I need to do for 2009 is make friends with more computer people. My husband still hasn’t grasped what I do for a living, and I can’t bore my daughters with it whenever I want to talk about work. I’ve tried just talking less about work, but then all my thoughts on the subject end up here at xanga, and how dull is that?

I also have work goals. They’re pretty rudimentary: get my business systems in place, work 40 hours a week/20 billable, get to know all my software thoroughly, have a more balanced life. Or, as one of the articles in Life@Work puts it, a rhythm. “Balance,” they say, implies perilous teeter-tottering, while “rhythm” suggests an even, serene sort of life. I’m working through the second of the Life@Work books now, and finding it very beneficial.

I did agree to head up the worship ministry at church, so I have a generalized goal to do that well which ought to settle into a more specific and useful goal at some point. I have some leftover ongoing goals, and I also have both WIPs and a stash to use up. So I guess I have a pretty good collection of goals for the New Year.

I’m leaving room for surprises.

My planner hasn’t arrived yet. I’m not going to make that into a crisis, but I hope it gets here soon. My whole end-of-year ritual depends on having it.

The song for the day is “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” It isn’t New Year’s Eve, of course, but I’m doing year-end reports today, and deciding what to do about people who haven’t paid me yet, so it’ll put me in the mood. Maybe it’ll put you in the mood to think of something exciting to do tomorrow night, or to come up with some good 2009 goals, or projects to use up your stash. Or to loll around eating chocolates. That could be good, too.