2010 Resolutions

Todd

I’m not a big resolution-maker. My resolve typically dissolves about two or three days after I’ve declared my new-year intentions.

Despite that, I’d like to share some of my resolutions for 2010 with you, my blog-friends. The reason is two-fold: First, perhaps sharing these with the world will create accountability (unlikely). Secondly, I’m tired of seeing dancing Santas, and this is an easy post to write.

So, in no particular order, here are my 2010 resolutions:

  1. Finish what I start. Too often, I get excited about a project, blog post or book, but the enthusiasm wanes and so does my attention. In 2010, I want to make sure that I stick through to the end and finish what
  2. Read at least two books a month. I think I finished three five books in 2009. That’s pretty pathetic. I love reading, but it seems the only time I make to read is right before bed, which is hardly sufficient or optimal. I’d like to read at least two books a month – one fiction, one non-fiction. That’s not very many, so hopefully this one I can stick with. To follow the books I’m currently reading, and my invaluable opinions on the quality of the books, follow me at Goodreads.
  3. Create margins. At church this week, Paul Hill talked about creating margins in our lives. He suggested that leading a busy life is sinful. I have a post percolating about that topic, but for now, let’s just say that I’d like to create some white space in my life, and find a way to be, as my former employers described it, “restfully available.”
  4. Write more. I like to write. I’ve been told that I’m not awful at it. But I simply don’t do it enough. So I’d like to write more blog posts, creatively at work and, just for fun, perhaps even a little fiction.
  5. Be nicer. Hayley says that I’m too hard on myself, and that’s probably true, but I think that I’d like to be nicer to people. Particularly those I’m close to. My sense of humor is sarcastic, I’m extremely critical and I jokingly, playfully make fun and mess with the people I love. While I don’t plan on ripping those aspects out of my life, I’d like to tone them down a bit.
  6. Be more consistent with Hurts So Good Films. I haven’t talked about Hurts So Good Films here yet (I will), but it’s a fun little side-effort I have going on. It started out as a fun idea, and has grown to develop a small, but devoted following. Unfortunately, I’ve allowed other responsibilities and my distractions keep me from consistently showing a horribly fun film. I’d like to remedy that.

So there you have it. Six resolutions. We’ll see how long they last.

Here’s to a great 2010!

Image credits: Klement Grgić

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5 Comments

  1. January 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm — Reply

    Great list, though I question a couple (maybe…). I’ve found that I’m healthier when I give myself permission to abandon bad ideas rather than sticking to them and finishing them. Sure, it would be better to know it was a bad idea up front and not start it, but that doesn’t seem to be reality for me.

    Going from three to twenty-four books is going to be a huge jump. Wow! I’ve found that reading becomes a habit, though. I went years without reading much; now I read quite a bit. The more I travel, the more I read.

    The rest of your resolutions tend to fall into the “do less to do more” arena. Prioritize what you want to do and stop doing all the other junk. It’s hard to do, because it means saying no.

    I like the margins idea. I’m looking forward to reading your post on that.

    • January 4, 2010 at 4:17 pm — Reply

      Here I am, testing out the nested comments. Thanks for the suggestion, Brent!

  2. January 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm — Reply

    Brent, I hear ya. I don’t have the type of personality to go down with the sinking ship, but it seems I have a tough time sticking with even good, noble ideas once I’ve committed to them. And I’m TERRIBLE at saying “no,” so the margins and the finish what I start definitely go hand-in-hand.

    As for the books, it will be a huge jump from last year, but not from my previous life. I’ve allowed myself to become absorbed by video games and spend almost all my free time there. My hope is to transfer some of that time and energy into a more worthwhile pursuit and finish two books a month. We’ll see how that goes.

  3. Chris
    January 30, 2010 at 9:39 am — Reply

    I have always loved your sarcastic sense of humor!
    How are you these days!

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2010 Resolutions