I’ve never really been one to make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t think there’s anything magical about January 1. If you want to change something in your life, you can do it any time you decide to – the beginning of next month, the first day of summer, next Monday, tomorrow, five minutes from now! New Year’s Day is an artificial milestone. For example, if you decide you’re going to start a healthy new habit – or break an unhealthy old one – you’re cheating yourself if you wait till then instead of starting right away.
Having said that, if I did make New Year’s resolutions, these things might be on the list, but in no particular order:
- Learn to juggle my family, my work, my writing/blogging/reading, and whatever else there is in my life more effectively.
- Re-focus on doing my job effectively and consistently – I’ve been making too many excuses and seizing distractions too readily.
- Plan – and actually take! – a special outing with my husband at least once every couple of months; so far, we’ve talked about playing tourists in Hollywood and touring Santa Barbara on Segways.
- Maintain my weight on my own, using what I’ve learned in four years with Weight Watchers.
- Transfer a set amount into savings once a month and treat it like a bill, not something done out of the “leftovers.”
- Clear out closets, dressers, and bookshelves, and make trips to Goodwill and the Friends of the Library donation rooms, at least every three months.
- Catalog my books.
- Buy fewer books till I’ve read more of the dozens already in TBR status (yeah, that’s totally not going to happen, but it sounds good).
- Zero out the credit cards and keep the balances current.
- Cook more often, and try for a more varied menu.
I’m actually a trifle unnerved by how quick and easy it was to come up with ten of these things.
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