New Year’s Resolution

January 6, 2012

When was the last time you made a New Year’s Resolution and stuck with it? I’m as guilty as they come. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve vowed to lose weight, to clean out my closets, to be more patient with my children, to exercise more, to read more…the list is endless.

Statistics regarding resolutions are somewhat grim. According to the Opinion Corporation of Princeton:

  • 62% of people make New Year’s resolutions
  • 8% are successful
  • 19% achieve resolutions every other year on average
  • 49% have infrequent success
  • 24% never succeed and have failed on every resolution every year

Maybe this year will be different for me. After a relaxing and fun New Year’s Eve making fondue with my family, we each made our own “Top 10 List” of resolutions for 2012. I split my list 50-50: half personal resolutions and half professional resolutions. Although I won’t share all of my vices with you, I can tell you a few of my promises.

On a personal note, I will continue to exercise. To force myself to do so, I already signed up for multiple obstacle racing events over the spring and summer (think boot camp and mud). I also made a commitment to my personal trainer that I won’t eat a whole box of Girl Scout cookies (at least not in one sitting), and pinky-swore to my husband that I’ll join him at least three days a week in our home gym.

On a professional note, I vowed to network more and to expand my math acumen (okay, for those that know me that one may be tough to achieve). Networking will entail setting up a few more meetings, phone calls or coffee chats (with fat free lattes of course). I hope to gain a better understanding of other business organizations and their associated strategies.

As for my math goals, I even have my fourth grader on speed dial. Maybe I could talk to our product developers and have them enhance the WestSearch functionality on WestlawNext to be able to explain the Pythagorean theorem to me? WestSearch’s advanced search technology efficiently and effectively searches billions of legal documents, identifies the most relevant information with one plain language query, and ranks the most relevant documents at the top of your list. If our developers can’t help me, this resolution might stay on my list forever. After all, there is a reason I went to law school and not nursing school!

I have to think that the small law customers who have shared their stories with us on the Small Law Lifestyles made a promise or two on New Year’s Eve. Perhaps they made commitments to practice, to develop, to enjoy their passions?

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? If they involve fewer hours in the office and more time doing what you like to do versus what you have to do, we can help. Try WestlawNext free for two weeks and this just may be the year that you stick to your resolutions.