Simplified New Year's Resolutions 2016

2016 is going to be a productive year. I can feel it. And I'm going to make it happen. Last year I made 10 New Year's resolutions, but this year, I'm keeping it simple. I'm starting with just three.

1. Plan the week. Because I mainly work from home, I don't keep a set schedule. Some days I work 12 hours and some days I watch Netflix. Weekends mean nothing to me as they seem of little concern to my clients. I'm just as likely to spend Saturday night writing as I am to spend the evening doing a puzzle. I procrastinate on deadlines (but always make them). More than anything, I procrastinate on things like scheduling doctors appointments and taking my car into the shop. I used to plan my week on my whiteboard, but I fell out of the habit when I made a shift in the kind of freelance work I do.

I've always been a list person, but lately I just write my lists on scraps of paper. 2016 will be different. Enter the pretty planner. My new planner has plenty of space to write tasks for each day, as well as yearly goals and ample space for notes. If I write it down, I will do it just so I can cross it off.

2. Create more. I've really rediscovered my artsy side in the last year, and I want to devote more time to creating. Whether that's cardboard art, Scrabble tile art or printable art, I just want to make it. To that end, for the first time in more than a decade, I have a new collection of colored pencils and markers. No more using markers that have been around for 20 years, aside from my one remaining scented Disney princess marker from THIRD GRADE that still works well and smells like Snow White's red roses. It's the true magic marker.

I've also joined the adult coloring book craze. For Christmas I received the Creative Coloring Inspirations book, which will add to the art in my house, especially my collection of bird art in my bedroom. Giving my bedroom a decor touch up is also in the works.

3. Take better care of my health. I'm not the kind of person who is comfortable talking much about my health problems. I'm just not. Not even in front of doctors. I'm the kind of person who will answer that everything is fine when I'm in terrible back pain. But I have a number of health problems that haven't been addressed properly in the last couple of years, and that really needs to change. In order to get the help I need, I have to be proactive about finding a better physician and getting into the specialists for my "you're-too-young-to-have-these-problems" chronic conditions. I just have to stand up for myself. And make the time commitment, even if that means I'm back to weekly appointments. 

I recognize that part of the problem is my thinking. When you've had a productive cough for five-plus years or daily back pain for 15, it's easy to resign yourself to thinking that's just how life is and always will be. But I want to feel better. My health problems keep me from doing so much, and I want that to change.
Let's do this, 2016!  


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