Improving in 2017

Here we are at another crucial point in life where the decisions we make will enable productivity and happiness in the year to come. I remember holiday breaks well from my days in corporate America. I’ll admit I handled them all wrong. I’ll get to that in a minute. Suffice it to say there are two ways you’ll emerge from the holidays:

  1. Charged and ready to improve your life
  2. Slump shouldered from having “rested” and then fallen into the same old dull routine

Cha-cha-changes…..weren’t lost with the loss of David Bowie in 2016. He left a legacy with that song. You have the power for a legacy too. The enablement stems from your ability to recognize it and act.

Picture it as if you are rolling a rock up a hill. You can take action to move the rock upwards or slack off and let it roll backwards. Moving the rock enables item 1 which is being charged and ready. Letting the rock slip enables item 2, being slump shouldered and defeated as you will eventually have to make up for lost ground.

Which do you choose? BTW, the hill never ends as life itself is an uphill challenge. I can’t let you off easy here. However, the further up you go, the more incentivized you become. I know, when I lost 60 pounds, each day carried with it the confidence of success and the fear of regression. I chose confidence and like our rock scenario, momentum assisted me greatly. Enjoy the journey. The goal is a good thing however it is likely to change. Live in the now. The goal will be there when you eventually get there.

Back to my aforementioned failure during the holidays. I rested well and indulged terribly which led to guilt and even more feelings of defeat. After all, I had busted my butt all year and deserved the rest, right? What I didn’t realize was that I had failed to take charge of my time as outlined in this article titled, “Time Ownership Enables Time Management”. As vacation wound down I was filled with regret and remorse for having not made effective use of my time. Understandably I returned to work with sloped shoulders and a dismal outlook.

You are currently sitting right where I was then, on the forefront of several days where you can lay the plan to change your future.

Several things are to your benefit right now. First and foremost is that most successful kickstarter campaigns begin with the new year. I took mine live recently. Other reasons include the boost in income seen by tax returns. This also seems to increase patent writing requests during the first quarter.

Several things are not recommended right now as they will cause disappointment. Avoid the gym for at least three weeks until others are gone due to failure to stick with it. Avoid going out on New Year’s eve? Really? The biggest party night of the year? Absolutely. Avoid it. Prices are raised, help is minimized, places are crowded, and service is lousy. Those who are working wish that they weren’t. Skeleton crews are overworked and understaffing causes delays, cold food, and poor quality. Avoid taking a partner out on New Year’s eve as well as Valentine’s Day for these reasons. You will have a much better day if you put it off by one when crowds diminish and service improves. The servers will be anxious to earn the tip that compensates for their party the night before/after. Stay home, enjoy the place you work so hard to obtain, and leave time to grow your confidence by learning something.

Avoid over indulging. Eating too much will make you feel lethargic and slow. Alcohol consumption may cause a hangover that costs you precious time in the quest to improve. It will rob one of your coveted days off. Instead, take a walk or hike in a vigorous fashion. With today’s modern clothing, the weather shouldn’t be an issue in all but the most extreme conditions. Even then, activity will offset the cold. Get out and enjoy life. You’re confined to a cubicle all year. Why stay inside when you have options that aren’t available 9-5?

Finally, feed your brain. Kickstarter and crowdfunding sites are excellent ways of incentivizing yourself. They provide proof that your idea isn’t that whacky in comparison to the things people throw money at. Same goes for patents. Search your idea for similar prior art. Get to know the lingo and formats of patents. They people that wrote them put their pants on the same way you did. The only difference is familiarization with the process. The more you see it, the easier it gets. You’ve got this.

It’s easier than you think to charge into 2017 with change resulting from your efforts. Go forth and kick some acid. Gotta give some respect to chemical engineers in this analog blog. Besides this is a family show. You software somewhats, don’t get your hopes up for similar kudos. You already have it too easy.


  1. “Monster Truck Books and Appearances To Excite Children”
  2. “Time Ownership Enables Time Management” linkedin article
  3. United States Patent and Trademark Office website
  4. “Google Patents”. Google patent search website

7 comments on “Improving in 2017

  1. X ray tech
    January 13, 2017

    Nice sum up thanks !

  2. Effective-Technical-Writing dot com
    June 27, 2017

    Most of these changes have paid off six months later.  Some are waiting to bear fruit.  The Rockies tend to distract me however I do integrate the concepts while living on a mountain instead in a cubicle.

  3. aloonere
    June 27, 2017

    Hi Scott, you are the expert 🙂 Very useful and interesting article, for me, I will choose the item 2 🙂

  4. ronnerl
    July 1, 2017

    hi Scott, thank you for your sharing, is there more details of the difference between the item 1 and 2.

  5. stefenr
    July 6, 2017

    Thank you Scott, you posted great article! but for me, not as others, I will choose the item 2 I think.

  6. brandirine
    August 29, 2017

    Hi Setef, maybe I will select item 1.

  7. enratene
    September 8, 2017

    Hi Scott, for the items 1 and 2, how about the item 2?

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