Thursday, December 31, 2009

Feeling Resolute

How did you do on your New Year's Resolutions for 2009?

Perhaps your New Year's Resolution journey of 2009 bore some resemblance to mine. I took out my newly purchased, virgin notebook with the neat cover and not a single page scribbled on. Just like I envisioned 2009 to be. I listed what I wanted to do (in categories) and even went for smaller goals which then would add up to bigger goals.

I did good in January. I started slipping a little in February, and then by March I hid it in the bottom of my nightstand drawer so it would quit mocking me. Sound familiar?

As 2010 draws near, I've been thinking about New Year's Resolutions. And of course, me being such a list-nerd, I will make some. But first I want to share some of my thoughts.

*Warning: Old-person type ponderings are about to follow.

The older I get the more I realize that, for me, the most precious commodity is time. It never stops, it's finite, and you can never take back time you have wasted. The tradition of making New Year's Resolutions is really about prioritizing our time. You sit down and consciously think about what is really important.

A website on prioritizing techniques says this: "Prioritizing skills are your ability to see what tasks are more important at each moment and give those tasks more of your attention, energy, and time. You focus on what is important at the expense of lower value activities."

My hubby has a saying that drives my children nuts, but is so true:

You can do anything you want, just not everything you want.

May I suggest this year that for your New Year's Resolutions you really think about what's important and re-prioritize. Set resolutions that will focus on those things, rather than cluttering up the list with things that are good to focus on, but may not be the best to focus on. Don't sacrifice your time on lower value activities.

That's what I'm going to do.

Of course, I could always follow Calvin's example:

Have a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Here's my favorite Christmas Carol, "Carol of the Bells," and a really cool version of it.

I love how it has the lyrics, because even though Carol of the Bells is my favorite, I never bothered looking up the words. I just sort of mumble-sang-along. "Oh hear the bells, mumble silver bells, mumble mumble ring" etc. *sheepish*

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Getting Creative

Sometimes you just have to think outside the box.