I’ve been MIA on this blog for several months. It’s not that I don’t have plenty to say, it’s just that 2017 sucked …
When I write for this blog I make a concerted effort to be positive. Sometimes it’s a bit of a struggle or takes an attitude adjustment, but I think it’s lazy to be nasty or mean. In 2017 it was a tall order for me and my family to find positivity in everything that was going on, and honestly, it would have seemed inconsiderate and trite to grin through the year.
But a new year is upon us, and I can tell you that I am filled with optimism that 2018 will be a very good year. Right now I’m focusing on what I can control that will make 2018 good, productive, and joyful.
Here’s my list of things I’m focusing on this year:
- Device Time: How many times have I said this … Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram suck the life out of my life. I do need to spend a bit of time on social media for a volunteer role, but otherwise social media can be a huge time waster. Goal: Spend time on social media only when I have something specific to accomplish – not just read/go down rabbit holes.
- First Things First: I’ve fallen into bad habits where I do what’s easy first. That means the dishes might sit in the kitchen for a few hours (or overnight), or the laundry will be put through a steam cycle because nothing has been folded. Simply put, I’ve become a bit of a slob. Goal: Work First, Play Second.
- Eat food I love when I’m hungry: Back to the Naturally Slim program again. It worked before and is so easy, then I allowed myself to slip when I got stressed. Goal: Lose weight – more specifically, fit into the smallest sized pants in my closet by Easter (April 1). Set a second goal then.
- You know what’s next! Exercise: I got an Apple Watch for Christmas so have set move goals and will achieve them every day. Goal: 30 minutes a day of deliberate exercise.
- Focus: I have committed to a major sewing goal for 2018 and that will require planning and making conscious decisions. Goal: Minimize distractions. Don’t multitask. There are different methods available to plan and use time efficiently, so I’ll cycle through until I find one that works. First tool to be tried is Pomodoro (primer here).
- Be Social: I’m an introvert and I expend a great deal of social energy at work, so when I get home I am happy to just be with me. Goal: Interact more with people on the phone, and in person. Social media just doesn’t cut it.
Expect lots of gold stars and check-ins in 2018.
What are your goals? How do you plan to achieve them in a new year?