2010 Resolutions

Discipline - Another Brick in the Wall

My resolutions:

PHYSICAL HEALTH

  1. Eat out less. If I could get this down to two lunches ordered out per week and one dinner ordered out per week, I’d be a happy woman.
  2. Go to the gym more. Don’t judge me too much, but I’m aiming low here – My goal is to go to the gym at least four times a month.
  3. Get up earlier. I think, in a perfect world, I’d like to get myself up an hour earlier that I am right now. But, I’m really scared to commit myself to that. So… Can I say that, if by the end of 2010, if I’m getting up 20 minutes earlier than I am now (alright, alright, at 7:43am), I’ll consider myself successful?
  4. Drink more water. I can commit to two glasses of water of day. Sad, but realistic.

MENTAL HEALTH

  1. Volunteer more. Concretely, I’d like to volunteer in some way – whether it be my time, money, effort – at least once a month.
  2. Write more. In 2009, I wrote 54 blog posts, which is more than I would have guessed, and is about one post a week. In 2010, I’d like to double the number of posts I publish and will count myself successful if I write eight posts per month (for a total of 96).
  3. Pursue outside interests. I’m one of those very lucky people that is able to do, in a professional capacity, what they love. However, this gets tricky because it means that one thing dominates my life (that being social media and marketing). In 2010, I’d like to refocus on the other things that make happy like salsa dancing, practicing my French, scrapbooking, and photography. When someone asks me what I like to do for fun or outside of work, I should have an answer ready. I’ll consider myself successful if I pursue an outside interest in some capacity at least once a month.
  4. Explore DC more. I commit to “exploring DC” at least once per month. It’s hard to qualify what “exploring DC” means so I’ll operate on a “I know it when I see it” basis.
  5. Read more. One book per month is doable, I think.

While in the process of defining my goals for this coming year, I came across a blog post by Jared Goralnick of Technotheory and AwayFind where Jared shares his theme for 2010. He writes:

Last year I suggested we should choose just one word and label it a theme for the year ahead. This year… the word is swim.

Looking at the resolutions I’ve outlined for myself this year, my word for 2010 became very readily apparently: DISCIPLINE. If I am to be successful at the goals I’ve set, I’ll need willpower and self-control in all aspects of my life. Wish me luck.

PS – Leo Babauta of ZenHabits has a great blog post called “The Definitive Guide to Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions” that should help you — and me — stick to our resolutions.

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