I’ve got two things to add to my goals for 2009.
After looking at my taxes, it turns out I contributed much less to charity than I thought. Of course, this doesn’t account for cash dropped in a bell ringer’s bucket at the holidays or handed to someone begging on the street. I want to increase my charitable donations by 50%. At least the tax-deductible ones that I track.
The second goal came to me after looking over my final paystub for 2008. I want to try to have at least 80 hours of sick leave available to me by the end of 2009. I earn 104 hours a year, and currently have 46 available, so getting up to 80 shouldn’t be too hard. I used quite a few days this year to attend funerals. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I plan to go to work while I’m sick. What it means is trying to be better about scheduling doctor’s appointments. Typically, if I have a scheduled doctor’s appointment, I work half a day and then take the other half for the appointment and for my own mental health. Instead, I should try to schedule the appointments earlier or later in the day so that I perhaps only have to take off 2 hours instead of 4. I should also try to schedule appointments on my days off, which I rarely do. What’s the fun of a day off if I have to spend some of it getting poked and prodded?
Logically speaking, I should also be trying to save up vacation time, as vacation actually pays out if I leave the government, whereas sick leave just disappears, but as of this point, I have no big plans for any vacation time, so I’m not quite ready to set those goals.