11 “To Do’s” for 2011

I got this idea of committing to 11 habits from imagrownupnow.com. I took vacation from pretty much everything during Christmas and the week going into the New Year.  But now is the time for me to get into my routine. However, I don’t want to just start where I left off. So here’s to change…

  1. Blog daily.
    • Mashable is one of my favorites to follow on twitter. The reason I say this about them under blogging daily is because they posted this article about how WordPress (huge fan, by the way) is helping bloggers to blog daily or weekly.  This was an encouragement because I really do enjoy blogging, but often feel lost for a topic or in my own world.  With help and encouragement from WordPress I don’t have any excuses to not blog.
  2. Allow myself more time in the morning to think.
    • I need time in the morning to think.  I need to think about how I’m going to approach my day and what I want to influence me.  I need to think through how I want to interact with others.  If I don’t start my day this way, I don’t give myself the opportunity to start off on the right foot.  This one’s a must do.
  3. Go to bed earlier.
    • So to carry out #2, I need to go to bed earlier.  I often want to get the most out of my day, and so I tend to stay up as late as possible so that I have as many hours in my day as possible.  This isn’t such a great thing, though, when it comes to getting up the next morning.  When I stay up late, I get up late and miss out on my contemplative time in the morning.  That’s why this “to do” needs to be done.
  4. Spend at least 3 hours a week improving my skills.
    • Those that know me well, know that I’m one of those lifelong learners. When faced with a new challenge, I’ll stick with it until I figure it out.  This is good, but I tend to learn on the fly. What I will change here is that I will read, research and experiment as much as possible with that hope that this will help me before I get to the point of having to figure something out.  Less on the fly and more for prep (This time is on my own time, not workplace related.).
  5. Limit TV watching to 2 hours a day.
    • Here we go again…in order to do #4, I need to reduce my TV time.  Traditionally, watching TV for me is done while doing stuff on my iPad or computer as background noise. TV for me is a mental break…just vegging.  From this point forward, I’m restricting myself to 2 hours a day (during the work week). I still need to catch Community, Modern Family, 30 Rock and Glee.
  6. Have at least one meatless meal a week.
    • Ok, so I started this before the end of the year.  Admittedly, it got messed up with family in town.  Having said that, this week we did do a meatless soup and salad on Monday which was particularly good and back on track.
  7. Exercise at least 3 times a week.
    • When I was initially typing this list, I actually stopped to exercise for today.  It was the perfect time.  The house was quiet and I could just jump on the elliptical.
  8. Purge.
    • This means cleaning out closets, bookshelves, drawers, and yes, dare I say, cleaning out the garage.  We clean on Fridays or Saturdays weekly, so with this will be cleaning and clearing out. First is my closet where there’s more clothes that I don’t use than what I use.  As always, items purged will go to charity or a garage sale.
  9. Go someplace different each month.
    • On the weekends, we tend to go to familiar places…the local cafe, Ikea, Islands of Adventure.  What I’ve needed is to go to different places on the weekends.  So at least once a month, I will be getting out of my “little world” and go someplace new.  This needn’t be a major jaunt, but can just be checking out some locations in my area that I’ve not been to before.
  10. Send out at least 2 cards a week to friends or family.
    • My husband’s really good about sending cards to friends and family. He started sending cards more than a year ago and hasn’t stopped.  Everyone always comments on them and appreciates the thoughtfulness. While we also create cards together, I will be sending out my own 2 cards a week to folks just to let them know I’m thinking of them. Completely a feel good thing.
  11. Practice compassion.
    • Saved the best for last.  This is for all of my relationships and all those I will meet, if only in passing. I feel that I’ve been more compassionate and focused on others in the past, but somehow lost my grip on the much needed quality of compassion. This means that when I answer the phone I’m hoping to help the person on the other end, interruptions by people should be welcomed, and interacting with those closest to me is the priority of my life.

Well, there you have it.  I know that resolutions have a bad rap (and I’ve contributed to this in the past), but here I am, looking forward optimistically with change in mind.