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Monday, January 2

New Year's Resolutions for 2006

The problem with making resolutions is that there are so many things I'd like to accomplish and so little time and energy I have with which to do them. I have a few ideas about how to get more out of this process this year.

Create a to-do list. Complete tasks and add tasks daily and either take off or roll over incomplete tasks.

Write out a list of things you'd like to accomplish. Don't analyze them or criticize them while writing them out. Criticism has a way of inhibiting creativity.

Prioritize.
What things need to happen first? Which can be put off? Which can make it easier to accomplish other things? Pick one (or a very few) to work on at a time.

Determine concretely what it means to have met a particular goal
If you want to work on your singing, does that mean practicing 10 minutes a day? Being able to sing a particular song? Join a choir?

Consider alternative ways to satisfy your goals
You might dream of being a great actor but in reality find that you don't want to deal with the financial difficulties that can go along with being as-yet-undiscovered actor. Perhaps you can satisfy that desire by joining a local theater.

Break down long term goals into short term tasks
If you have time and the motivation to map out all the tasks, that's fine, but it's ok to simply identify a first task and work on the rest later.

Schedule the tasks and shorter term goals
Decide when you're going to work on each thing. If it's a long list. Pick a few to start with and perhaps add the "task" of scheduling more at another specific time.

Combine items
If you want to spend more time with your family and get more exercise, plan to take an evening walk or swim together a few times a week.

Make plans to evaluate your progress and make corrections and additions
People change. Priorities change. You may decide some things aren't really so important after all and that you completely forgot to include something important.
Schedule time for this periodically (daily, weekly, monthly, depending on your needs). Write it in on your calendar and treat it like an appointment.

Don't expect to get it all done
The idea is to help yourself get more of what you want done, not beat yourself up about what you haven't done. If you can't get to something one day (or year), maybe you can roll it over to next year.

Put up signs and reminders
The fridge, the coffee table, your purse or wallet, a sticky note on the edge of your monitor and anywhere else you might look frequently can be a good place to put your reminders.

At risk of revealing more about myself than anyone wants to know, I've included a few of my potential resolutions:

Research Secular Humanism and meet some humanists.
Research Unitarian Universalists and meet some.
Develop a habit of exercising 3 times per week with family and friends.
Develop a habit of eating more fruits and veggies (with a goal of 5 per day).
Research the Ten Commandments and be able to describe and explain them.
Study my electronics book and be able to explain the concepts in it and demonstrate them with hands on projects.
Build a working robot.
Write daily.
Improve my skill in drawing - practice with the drawing without a model book and with portraits and occasional models.
Learn 10 guitar chords. Learn 2 songs.
Learn 10 piano chords. Learn 2 songs.
Practice singing daily for at least 5 minutes. Write one song with a simple guitar chord background (perhaps a holiday piece).
Clear clutter out of the house.
Assign spots for all items in the house.
Refinance the house.
Give more attention and time to family and close friends.

2 comments:

Leo said...

I like how you organise yourself. Would you do a shedule for me?

Becky said...

LOL. Writing one is one thing, sticking to it is another ;)