It’s the second day of a new year. Do I feel different? Hard to say, really, considering I haven’t done anything to make it so.
I’m a checklist person, you see, so it seems natural to assume that I will have made lists for the year ahead with enough bullet points and numbered schedules to keep me busy for the next 365 days.
It’s natural to want to be organised, especially when you’re trying to juggle many things at once. As much as I want to do complete justice to everything, it just isn’t possible. I find myself rather defeated at the end of each month, having drawn up grand plans and seeing less than half of them come to fruition.
So, this year, I am going to focus on the Checklists that matter. What are they?
This is very important, in my opinion. I rarely take stock of my personal health- either physical or mental. In doing so, a lot of things get neglected: my stamina, energy and overall physical strength; my sense of balance and stability. Time for me to consciously step outside the house and invest in some good old time with Nature/exercise as well as the freshness that comes from the daily effort. Doing this, I know, will make sure I stay in better health. I’ve also started re-reading the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and focusing on the simple goals for now seem not only doable but positively energising.
I haven’t spent enough time with my daughter in 2015, although I have been parenting practically solo for the last 8 months thanks to the new demands of the husband’s job. The time that counts is the time when we sit together, laugh together, smile and hold hands or just cuddle with books in our hands. I need more of those moments in my life and am determined to ensure that these will happen in 2016.
Now this doesn’t mean blogging. Yes, I know the blog is important but I have realised that with a full-time job now, trying to do more than is practically possible, is plain foolish. But I love to write and I adore putting it all down when the fancy strikes. I intend to write more, a lot more, this year and with dedication to the art of writing. There may be more bursts of poetic fancy, more unrestrained Facebook posts and more involvement with my memoir than ever before. I need this, for my own sanity and peace of mind.
Lesser social media:
I used to deactivate my Facebook account every month all through 2015 and while it was a big blessing, I have come to realise that it is important to manage myself more than managing social media.
Deactivating also caused a few hiccups along the way. I used to lose access to other applications that would require a Facebook login, relinquish my admin role on the few groups I moderate and also lose out on potential business opportunities because people could not reach me. So, with 2016, I’ve decided to not deactivate anymore but consciously steer clear of the distraction that is social media. More on that in another post.
I’ve never really taken up the Goodreads or any other reading challenge but I am determined to read more this year. Why? Reading makes us better writers. Of this I am certain.
I used to finish 3 books a week at one point of time and although I doubt I can do that now, I can aim for a book a week, at least. So that’s 52 books a year. What do you think? Worth doing? Well, definitely giving it a shot.
What do you think?
Do my checklists match yours?
Care to share your own?