Thursday, January 2, 2014

Don't call it a Resolution.

I've never been a New Year's Resolutions girl. I knew I could never keep up with them, and if I'm honest with myself, they're the same every year. Eat healthy, get in shape, read more, spend more time with family, etc. All run of the mill stuff. Of course, I have my goals that I still try to stick to, but I try not to make a big deal out of them because... you know... the more you blab about them, the less you typically do them. I also feel like personal goals are just that... personal. Despite having general life goals posted on my blog (and occasionally blogging about my progress), I feel like my life improvement goals are ones that I should keep to myself.

But for 2014, I wanted to do something in the life-improvement category, so I decided to focus (lolz) on a word/idea/concept instead of specific goals. I thought about what I wanted to accomplish this year, and how I was going to do it. I started to realize that my productivity was often hindered by a lack of direction or focus.
I consider myself a good multitasker (like any good millennial, of course!), but honestly, I had started to confuse "multitasking" with "not concentrating." I would get through short periods of work and then I would want to check Twitter or Instagram, or check my email again to see if I had gotten any new blog comments, or make a move on Words with Friends. Sporadically focusing on things usually doesn't mean a lot, and everything around me was suffering, especially my blog.

So I'd like to streamline my thinking, if that makes sense. Whether it's working on job applications and cover letters, or blog posts, or meal planning, I want to focus 100% on that thing. Even on little things like text messages and emails. I've mentioned before that I'm awful at responding to them. This year, I want to be better at communicating with everyone around me, via phone/email/text/whatever.

I have big plans this year, personally, professionally, and blog-ally (sorry, I couldn't help it), and to achieve those goals, I'm going to have to focus on them. Real, uninterrupted focus.
I'm not sure yet how much I'll blog about my progress. I love sharing with you guys, of course, but I do consider this a really personal journey of mine. We'll see how the year plays out.

Happy 2014, everyone!! I love you all, and I'm so glad I get to be a part of this awesome blog family.

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Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

I so understand the focus thing. I feel so ADD some days with how my brain bounces from one thing to the next. Hope this year proves to be a better year for focusing more. Happy New Year!

Chandler said...

Oh I like that idea!! So simple, yet it means so much to you. And that is what is really important about resolutions... that they mean something to you!

Sarah @ To Be Mrs. Collier said...

I like the idea of FOCUS. My boss would use the term laser-guided focus, which of course I hated. But maybe he was onto something? Good luck in 2014!


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