A Plethora of Possibilities

Mike Folinas - Manager of Research Administration, University of Toronto


2020 has been an unprecedented year that has forced us to adapt to the new reality.  We have seen lockdowns, limitations to travel, working remotely and limited engagement with family, friends and co-workers.  As we bid farewell to 2020 and welcome 2021, that should be filled with a plethora of possibilities.  We asked our members for their professional and personal new year’s resolutions.  They had some great suggestions, which included:

On the Personal side:

Be more active

See friends again

Buy a new house

Reduce stress

Develop a budget

Cook a new meal weekly

Take time for yourself

Read more

Conquer a fear

See family again

Practice mindfulness


Start weightlifting

Travel again

Write a book

Spend less time on social media

Drink more water

Get the vaccine

Stop Procrastinating

Make my lunch everyday

Run a marathon

On the Professional side:

New job opportunities

Declutter office space

Be more positive

Get organized

Be more decisive

Be more optimistic

Set goals

Manage work/life budget

Join a committee

Present at CARA national

Advance my skill set

Network more

Stop Procrastinating

Update my resume


Apply to the Research Administration Certificate

Start a certificate Project Management program

Speak up in meetings to share ideas

These are great suggestions from our membership!  We hope that you make one or more New Year’s Resolution(s) wish you the best of luck on reaching these goals in 2021.  We know that you can do it!

We Recommend

One of our members recommends “he Magic Lamp: Goal Setting for People Who Hate Setting Goals” (1998) by Keith Ellis.This great book offers techniques to attain greater focus and strategies for follow-through to set/achieve goals.The book can be found at: https://www.amazon.ca/Magic-Lamp-Setting-People-Goals/dp/060980166X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Magic+Lamp%3A+Goal+Setting+for+People+Who+Hate+Setting+Goals&qid=1608139386&sr=8-1  

One of our members recommends “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives” (2015) by Gretchen Rubin.  The author helps you understand yourself and type.  By identifying your type, you can make changes easily without making it feel like a chore.  This book can be found at: https://www.amazon.ca/Better-Than-Before-Mastering-Everyday/dp/0385679475/ref=sr_1_15?crid=1WYT5AHTO5RFC&dchild=1&keywords=new+years+resolution&qid=1608141080&sprefix=new+years+reso%2Caps%2C157&sr=8-15