In my New Year's Resolutions post from three years ago I mentioned that I don't particularly like feeling pressured (by society, businesses/organizations, the media, and/or myself…) to make dramatic changes in my life and/or to myself at a time of year when, for me, change is particularly difficult and therefore doesn't make a lot of sense. I, for one, would prefer to start the New Year and make resolutions in September when summer ends, the kids and Tom head back to school, and every aspect of our schedules changes anyway.
But the New Year starts when the New Year starts, and despite how I feel about January 1st and resolutions, for the past 15+ years I have succumbed to the pressure and jumped on board the New Year's Resolutions band wagon.
When it comes to New Year's Resolutions, I've taken a wide variety of routes hoping to find one that led to (better-than-C-average) success. Three years ago I went simple and abstract. Two years ago I went categorical and measurable. Last year I went positive and impactful. The one thing these differently-designed resolutions had in common (other than their mediocre success rates), was their lengths; my lists have always been long, because more resolutions = more opportunities to succeed, right? This year, however, I'm going short, simple, and straight-forward…this year I have only two New Year's Resolutions.
First, I want to live more intentionally.
Second, I want to multi-task less.
These two resolutions go hand-in-hand, and I hope that keeping them in the forefront of my mind throughout the year will help me be more present for my family members and friends, manage my time more efficiently, work more effectively, and enjoy - without feeling guilty - my moments alone with a good book and glass of wine.
These resolutions don't lend themselves to measurable results, but I'm certain I'll figure out a way to determine whether or not I'm doing a good job of following through. I'll keep you posted…
So what are your New Year's Resolutions?