Every year Chris Brogan posts his three words to live by for the upcoming new year, and every year for the past three or four years I, and many others, have followed his lead. (And for the second year, the BlogWorld team is doing the same, so stay tuned for that.)
I don’t take my three words lightly. I find they give me a plan and I need to hold myself accountable for stuff. Last year, my three words were “passion,” “focus,” and “delegate” and though I think I still need a little help with word #3, I’ve done pretty good staying true to those words to live by. This year my goals are more personal and less professional, though they can carry through to both areas.
Focus is making a repeat appearance on my list this year because I’m too much of a multitasker. The problem with all this is that I have trouble finishing one thing because so many different things are calling me. When I was freelancing as a writer all my projects were handled via a schedule and editorial calendar and that helped to keep me organized. This year I’m also going to try and have each task scheduled to keep me focused. I’m also working a fitness routine, and a housekeeping routine into my schedule because they are both areas where I’m seriously failing.
I get so busy taking care of everyone else, I forget to take care of myself and this has to change. I have the best intentions, but they fall flat. My health suffers and my weight suffers. This year I have to get my health in check, not only for me – but because I promised my 9 year old son. I will make sure to take time to exercise every day (I woke up at 5:00 a.m. to do some kick boxing and let me tell you, I’m hurting) and will make good food and lifestyle choices. I miss being thin, it’s time to get it back.
What good is having it all if I’m not taking time to enjoy it? I have a wonderful job,, an incredible family, and so much to be thankful for. So how come I spend all my time working? Last summer my family took our first vacation in four years and mostly unplugging was the best thing I’ve done for myself and my family in a long time. This year, I’m making sure to take time to enjoy life and celebrate its many blessings.
What are your goals for 2012? Do you have any words to live by?