2011 is here, and I’m made my peace with that. I had big plans to do lots of things with the last few weeks of 2010, but life and hundreds of miles of driving happened instead. I’m starting 2011 with a little sadness at the passing of the year, and some glee that 2010 is over. (don’t let the door hit you on the way out!)
Resolutions don’t work for me, so instead I’m focusing on simple goals and an overall theme for this year. The theme for 2011 is focus. I want to not only hone my focus when I am working, but also simplify my life as much as possible so I can focus on play and relaxing during my downtime.
For the past 10 years I kept thinking I needed to be doing more. More play time with the kids, more work, more of well everything. Now I know what I need is not more time, or more work, or more of anything but to focus on what I have now.
With the goal of focus in mind, I’ve laid out these goals for myself for 2011.
- Make work time count. There will be some big changes with my blog and career this year, and while I still can’t devote myself full time to what I’m doing, I can make work time really count. That means blogging and work projects come first.
- Start with a to do list every day. This is huge for me. since I am responsible for errands, and a large portion of the household duties, I need to make a list every day, and make sure it all gets done before bed.
- Get up early, go to bed early. No more late night zombie sessions. I get so little done that way anyhow, and it’s not healthy.
- Train for a triathlon. I’ve always wanted to do a triathlon. Time to take my out of shape self and get training. I hope to complete a triathlon before 2011 is over.
- Ask for help when I need it. I often try to do everything myself. which is a recipe for failure when you have a to do list as long as mine. I will be hiring out some of the work I do now, and may experiment with more household help this year, too.
- Play more. I’d love to do family board game nights. The kids are finally old enough where it’s actually fun!
- Make time to do nothing. I can’t remember the last time I did nothing.
Did you make goals for 2011? I’d love to hear how you approach resolutions. If you have a blog, leave a link below in the comments so I can stop by and read (and maybe get inspired!).