Wednesday, July 8, 2015

They've Gone to Hell in a Hand Basket

I wrote my 2015 New Year's Resolutions on December 31st and posted them here on Chasing Roots on January 2nd. And then I didn't look at my list again until last week when I pulled it up as a reference for writing this post. Pretty typical when it comes to New Year's Resolutions, right? No? Am I the only one who does that?

Having no idea what I would find on my list, I was fairly surprised to discover that for the first time I had kept it short and simple - rather than lengthy and comprehensive like in years past - and made only two resolutions for 2015:

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.

So how'd I do?

Fairly well, at least at first. January, February, and March are three of our slowest months of the year, so it was easy for me to slow down, follow a single task through to completion before moving on to the next, and focus my time and energy where it was needed most. But then April rolled around, and when our pace picked up, our schedules filled up, and life became more chaotic… resolutions went to hell in a hand basket.

I suppose this week, which happens to mark the beginning of the second half of the year - is as good a time as any to recommit myself to these two resolutions. I have no doubt I can follow through on both if I really put my mind to it…at least until September 1st, after which all bets are off.

How are your resolutions going? Any tips to stay on track? Please share!

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