A New Year’s to-do list.

I don’t bother with New Year’s Resolutions. Hell, if you’ve been following my blog closely you’ll find that I’m not very good with meeting goals, either. Part of that could be due to the fact that I have a bad habit of setting goals that are unrealistic, or at least putting them in unrealistic time frames. Still, once in a while it’s not a bad idea to sit down and compile a “to-do” list from time to time.

I’m going to spend some time over the next few days redesigning this site. For starters, aside from the Monday Book Reviews which will return in March, I’m going to drop the whole premise of having a different theme for each day of the week. I found that more restrictive and counter productive than I thought it would be. Some restrictions can help creativity, but sometimes they can hinder it instead. I’m going back to the looser, but hopefully more consistent approach I had before. I’m also planning on cosmetic changes. I’ve gone over all of this a couple of weeks ago so I won’t bother with the details here.

Secondly, unless I run across large amounts of money I decided to sell my motorcycle this spring in order to pay off my credit card bill. I’m not giving up motorcycle riding at all. But this one only has a few years left, especially as I haven’t exactly been the best at taking care of it. I intend on getting a new one to replace it. I would just rather pay off a loan on a new bike than this credit card. I know that I have some extra money coming to me in the next month or so, with a bonus at work, tax refund and a savings bond that reaches its limit this year. If I can somehow pay off a substantial amount of my credit card bill then maybe I’ll hold off selling the bike for another year or so. But I honestly don’t see that happening.

The only timely thing that I have to consider is the bike’s registration. Thanks to a conflated legal process a few years ago, all motorcycles in Maine have to be registered in March. Should I bother registering it this year? Why not save even more money?

I’ve also mentioned before that I was looking into signing up for Amazon Prime, and if I like it after the free trial period I’ll cancel my Netflix account. Fine, but how should I time this? I intended on catching up on reading a lot of the books in my library this month. That’s not to mention that there are a few releases getting added to Netflix within the next few weeks that I wanted to make sure I catch before I give it up. In February I want to spend as much time as possible on the RPM Challenge, so I probably won’t be able to watch movies or read all that much. But do I really want to wait until March? As I resume writing book reviews then it would be interesting to see what titles are available with a Prime membership. But I’m getting antsy to try it sooner. Can I really hold off that long?

Now that I think about it, why is March the key to all of these things?

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