The sun is just coming up over the houses and I have been up and awake and moving around for almost two and half hours. This is the last day of the year and the social media is abuzz with discussion of resolutions for the New Year. Starting with a poll this morning over whether or not you make resolutions, to jokes about how long you will keep them on Facebook.
One of the options on this morning's poll was whether you were just making a resolution this year or if you always make them? I have been thinking about that question this morning as I start the day. I am not sure that it is really resolutions I make every year, though that is the button I pushed on the poll. Rather I make goals for the beginning part of the year. Things I would like to try, things I want to get better at, things I want to learn.
I have been playing with time, schedules and the ways I spend my time for almost as long as I can remember. As a teenager in "high school" at home I would come up with elaborate schedules for all the things I wanted to study. I would maybe stick to them for a month to six weeks and then something would catch my attention to the level of absorption and the carefully planned schedule I had made up would fall again to the wayside. I would start the process all over again a few months down the road.
I learned a lot about time management and how I work and as I have grown older I have learned that this is just part of the rhythm of being Chase. So yes I have been thinking in the last month or so about what I would like to try this year, what habits I would like to encode. I have been thinking that flossing my teeth consistently would be a good one. For years I have struggled with cleaning out my nose with a neti pot. I have known that I have allergies since I was about 11 and I've had a neti pot since sometime in my late teens. However, it took until sometime after B was born last year for me to finally get into the habit of cleaning my nose every morning, whether I feel "sick" or not. Before I would just do it after my allergies were bad. But somehow and I really wish I could remember how (as it might be handy in figuring out how to encode other habits) it went from something I had to think about and make myself do, to just something I do every morning as soon as I am in the bathroom. I feel much better for it especially the fact that it is just a part of my routine. I don't have to think about whether I did it or not. I know that I just did this morning because I always do. It is wonderful not to spend any energy on remembering.
In the past few months I have been using lists again. Something I use off and on. I don't order them like I used to before I had children, I find that the most important thing that needs to happen next changes pretty rapidly with small children. Mainly my list is a reminder of the things I would like to get accomplished today, as well as a way to see progress that maybe, just maybe something did in fact happen today as I cross things out or put dots beside them to show that they are in progress (like bread making, laundry and other things that take a while from start to finish).
The things I have been thinking about this year for habits are the aforementioned tooth flossing, daily meditation practise (which I plan on talking about in another post), incorporating more spirituality into my life, 15 minutes of pampering of myself everyday, and continuing to work on patience for myself and my family. Not a huge list. Not a list to check off at the end of 2013 to see what I have accomplished.
Just a list to start with.
To see where it will lead me.
To see where I will end up.
What about you? What are your thoughts and hopes for the coming year?