So, with two goals for 2016, how did I do? ...Hm. Well, in Canada 50% is only a D, not an F!
Build a serious habit of deep work: qualified failure
The meta-goal was "prepare myself to be an excellent scholar" but I had really formulated that, mentally, as "several times a week, do multiple hours of serious work on Something." As much as I thought I was going to be this person, I am not this person. I just don't find it helpful to try to do "deep work" in units of hours; I need days. And I can't get excited about working on "Something"; I need a particular project or urgent question. I started and stopped this goal so many times, tried so many different habits, and I wash my hands of it now.
On the plus side, I'm figuring out what does work for me!
When I have done enough of my research and thinking beforehand, I can sit down and write a 250-word paragraph in 15 minutes. To help keep those critical fifteen minutes happening often, I need to have several projects going on at once, for which I am devouring ideas and letting them gestate; when I am on the cusp, I will notice myself spontaneously, excitedly explaining my idea to my friends; at that point, I should clear ~3 writing days to let the whole thing spill out.
Instead of deep work habits, then, my focus is on variety and adaptation. It worked great for the paper I presented at MLA two days ago (major career milestone-- woo!) so I am putting scaffolding in place to support this rhythm.
Re-commit to resting: qualified success
This one was bad news for the relationship that turned out to be making me miserable, but good news, I think, for me. Complice was helpful here, and my wider friend support circle. I'm a lot more content as baseline, spend a lot more time doing and enjoying restorative activities that matter to me, and have a lot more optimism about my future.
I didn't really check in on these resolutions much during the year here, but I actually do think that I was puttering away on, and eventually 'resolved', both of them. So, success!