1. Put people first. Stay in touch with friends and relatives through visits, shared activities, calls, texts, email and Facebook. I always care about others, but don’t always show it by being there and making time. That needs to change. (Thanks to: Leslie Beslie)
2. Put the right people first. This year I spent too much time in work and committees and programs. I think the people there valued my contributions, in my official capacities. Fortunately, some real friendships have developed too. Now I need time to pursue them! And to limit commitments so I have flexible time with my loved ones.
3. Unschedule my time. I can start by limiting new obligations. I can fulfil my current commitments and then stop. I don’t want to sit home and do nothing. But since I already work some evenings and attend evening meetings, I would like the ability to be spontaneous now and again!
4. And in my unscheduled time…Do what I like! There are 3 things I want to be able to do freely – read what I like, watch movies often, and cook meals unhurriedly. Everything else is optional! I won’t be tying myself to any must-read, must-watch or must-try lists. I would like to just have occasional wish lists with a timeline of “whenever”!
5. Sleep more. I am aiming for a regular bedtime of 10:30 when I work day shifts, and to never get less than 7 hours’ sleep. This year I often had only 6 hours of sleep – which doesn’t feel good, and lessens my work productivity, too. I will find it hard to do everything I want in fewer hours. I will actually have to do less. Yikes!
6. Get help. This year I have asked Rom to be the grocery “mastermind,” the one who notices what is needed and finds the best prices and stocks up at the right time and manages the food budget. We’ve also agreed to make up a master list of housework and maintenance and to parcel it out between us. Rom has always been very obliging about doing whatever I ask, but I will enjoy not having to ask 🙂
7. Experience physical excellence. (Or, you know, what passes for it when you’re 51!) I loved being in fantastic health when I was in tip-top nutritional and fitness status. This year was middling, so it’s been over a year since I felt excellent, and I want to feel that again! In this case I will NOT be listening to my body or doing what I “feel like.” For me, that creates the opposite of excellence; more like physical sloth! So this will require discipline and regimentation, and I am OK with that.
CONTINUED FROM 2014
- Resume monthly menu planning (it’s been back-burnered for about 2 months)
- Continue aggressive long-term savings (29% of my take-home pay)
- Continue charity giving plan (now at 5% of THP)
- Even more so this year: celebrate things all year and not just in December 🙂
TRYING AGAIN (resolutions I’ve made before and didn’t complete)
- Organize all my digital photos and delete the crappy ones
- Scan printed photos – about 35 photo albums – no rush on this!
- Keep trying to take my own photos for An Exacting Life (not much progress in 2014)
- Make rather than buy more snacks (such as muffins and granola)
- Listen to all the Beatles albums. I was 6 when the Beatles split up and I never owned their albums. I know their singles but not the deep album tracks.
- Spend some time drawing a few times a week. Just for fun.
I think because a lot of my goals are about “not doing,” I should get off to a good start.
I will follow Ginger’s advice in one of her comments: she sits down weekly over coffee to plan the upcoming week. I do that at work, but doing the same at home would be very smart!