New Year, New Plan: Motivation key to productive 2008

I have been asked if I am prepared, and I have been debating over how to answer such questions.

The first week of the new year is almost complete, and I still don’t have a resolution by which to live.

Of course, that in itself is kind of my resolution. I want, no need, to stop procrastinating.

Being motivated is the only way 2008 won’t eat me alive.

It is going to be a big year for me. I have to decide what I am going to do after I graduate this May. If I choose to go to graduate school, I have to apply to different educational institutions. If I get accepted, I have to move and prepare for more learning.

However, if I choose to simply enter the professional world, I have to apply to different papers and try to secure employment. If I get hired, I have to move and prepare for the beginning of my career.

Decisions. Decisions.

I also want to finish my undergraduate degree well. I don’t want to slack off too much and ruin my final semester, but at the same time I don’t want my last semester to be overly boring. I have to find that perfect balance.

To party or not to party: that is the question.

Another goal of mine, just like many Americans, is to lose a little weight and gain some muscle definition. I want to look hot.

Is that so wrong?

My plate is going to be pretty full this year, both personally and academically. However, the most taxing portion of my world will most likely be my professional arena.

At The Sunflower News, we are planning on debuting two new Web site designs, a slight redesign to our print newspaper, and a total overhaul and redirect of our special-interest Thursday edition.

We’ll be busy bees pollinating our little news flower.

Not to mention I’m going to be creating Web sites for a few other entities and trying to get more experience in all fields at all times.

And of course, I’ll continue to write this column and regularly update my blog at

To some, it may sound like I am going to be taking too much on and burning the candle at both ends; however, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I enjoy staying busy and have things to do. Besides, if I didn’t fill most of my free time with various types of chores that I love, I wouldn’t value free time with family and friends so much.

So do I have a plan? I think so.

I plan on doing things better and taking care of problems quicker. I want to stand up for the things worth fighting for and let the little things go without making a scene. I want to do better than I have in the past and achieve new milestones I never thought possible.


Because I think I can always do better and progress in my life.

Don’t get me wrong, though, 2007 was good. Nothing was so awful that it makes me want to rant and rave about it, but I think 2008 will be better. After all, the KU football team did just play in a bowl game to get the year started off right.

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My name is Todd Vogts. I am an assistant professor of media. I like the color green, riding my motorcycle, and being with my family and friends. A good book is a perfect companion for me any time, and I'm a published author and journalist. Visit my website at and follow me on Twitter at