I've never made New Year's resolutions before, at least not since I was a kid and made to do so in school. For all my Pentecostal years there was a huge stigma attached to making resolutions because it was pagan and depended on self-will rather than the power of the Holy Spirit.
Well, this year I thought I'd make some. The New Year the most appropriate time to sit down and reflect on the past and make some changes for the future, so here goes.
1. Manage my time better.
I'm what you might call a right-brained person - lacking in discipline and structure what I have in creativity and imagination. But there's no excuse. We all have to try extra hard with those things that don't come naturally to us. I want to be able to apply myself rigorously to a task and then have it over and done with, not have my day a disorganized melange of one thing flowing haphazardly into another.
2. Manage my money better.
Heh. Like I even have any money to manage.
3. Put aside a short amount of time a few times a week to do basic chores.
Mom will love this one. I'm not talking investing hours of my time in vacuuming and dusting. There are more important things in life than that. But how about taking just ten minutes out of my week to run the vacuum cleaner around the living room? Or five minutes just to wipe down the toilet and sink?
4. Be more active.
I've probably talked before about my obesity. The kind of work I do doesn't require me to be very active. I work mainly from home, and am almost always in front of the computer. Even just walking down to the postbox a few times a week would be an advance in terms of physical activity.
5. Stop eating crap.
I'm perfectly well-educated on what to eat - I just don't do it. And yet I feel so much better about myself when I choose a carrot over a packet of chips or chicken breast instead of sausages. And the weight will drop off, as it has done before.
6. Spend less time in front of the computer.
The work I do and the focus of my life is bound to have me in front of the computer screen for at least eight hours a day. But still, if I were more organized, I'd find time to sit down and read a newspaper or a book instead. Think about that - words on paper!
That's six already, and I can think of more, but these seem to be the most important. Time wil l tell how well I do. Place bets now.