Having a pet cause is like having a pet. It’s there for you every day of your life, anchoring your being, reminding you that there’s something outside you that needs you and demanding your service—lest it soil the carpet. Adopt a pet cause this year and anchor yourself not just to “doing good” in the abstract, but to “doing good” through the lens of that cause. You’ll find yourself with renewed focus and efficacy. Plus, you’ll finally have a sense of which section of the Times to read first.