I am a strange blend of spontaneous and structured. I like rules, process and checking off boxes. On the other hand, I embrace the freedom of living in the moment and the chaos of waiting until the last-minute.
All that being said, I’ve never made New Year’s Resolutions. In part, I’ve probably lacked the discipline to carry a goal over the course of 12 months. I’ve avoided branding the entire year with a common headline – as I’m much more comfortable seeing how the year pans out.
As I approach this new year, I have a desire to settle into a stronger rhythm. I find that the same aspects of our life keep coming to mind – things that I want to make time for, but often set aside for watching TV or another mindless activity. This year, instead of resolutions, I want to identify some priorities. I want to start evaluating my time and what I am spending (or wasting) it on. The list here isn’t exhaustive or earth-shattering – these are simply some things that I enjoy or that I believe will bring more joy to my life – even if they take a bit of planning. I’m hoping that having a list of priorities will give me a bit of direction in those moments when I’m tempted to stay on the couch.
Housekeeping :: When we were first married, we had a nightly dinner routine down. I like to cook (when I’m not exhausted) and I would generally get things started soon after I got home. We did weekly meal planning and grocery store runs. We had it down – and we weren’t constantly out of milk. Over the past couple of years, with Sean going to class at night, I’ve lived a little more laissez-faire than is probably fair. Since I was the only one home, I could eat spaghetti for dinner night after night if I wanted.This year, I want to place a priority on keeping our home. Simple systems for meal planning and weekly chores plus making time to do something I love – cooking, will help to make our home a more relaxing and
cleaner happier place to live.
Reading :: With a longer commute to work, I’ve had much more time to read. Between the Good Reads app on my phone and the downtown library – I have developed quite the system for requesting and borrowing books. In the past few months, I’ve poured over historical fiction, entrepreneurial best-practices and spiritual memoirs. And while my love for a good book is hard to stifle, there is the ever-present temptation to surf the web or flip the channel instead of turning some pages. This year, I want to choose books.
Shared Hobbies :: Although Sean and I have a lot of common interests, our shared hobbies tend to be either intangible, independent or expensive – we like things like reading & attending plays. This year, I want to place more of a priority on pursuing some shared activities. Although this might mean that I need to go for a run every now and then, I’m willing to try some new things if it helps me to take better advantage of the additional time that Sean and I have to spend together now.
My hope is that these priorities will give my days some direction…and from the look of this list, I think the direction I’m moving in is to slow down a bit more and focus on who & what I love. It sounds like it should be easy…
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