Monday, January 05, 2009

Resolutions or Intentions?

I was talking over brunch yesterday about New Years resolutions, and intentions was suggested as a better word. I agree. It seems less proscriptive. In any case, my initial thoughts were to get more sleep and take better care of myself — physically and psychologically. The more I've thought about these ideas, the more I realized that they were vaguer than I wanted them to be. So how about some specific ways I can fulfill this? Here goes:

  1. Take deep breaths often.

  2. Read more books.

  3. Do some strenuous physical activity at least once a week.

  4. Fold the laundry and put it away when it is finished.

  5. Do the dishes while cooking and after meals.

  6. Go through the mail when it comes in rather than when "I get the chance."

  7. Do something — play a game, help with a project, go to a museum, etc. — with Banana as often as possible.

  8. Challenge my habits.

  9. Create something — art, writing, music — once a month.

  10. Finish a task before going on to the next one.