2017 brought out some of the trends of 2016 into full force, and also pushed me to see some of the glaring flaws in all of this. I am always willing to try things, but I have tried these things, and they have got to go. This list also includes some things that I feel like I have been doing wrong. So here are five general things I am leaving in 2017:
Getting it all Done
I work full time, I have a part time freelance job, I volunteer, I am trying to write a book, and I blog. At least for me, the “getting it all done” is a battle, where I fight myself every step of the way.
I don’t consider myself to be a very motivated or driven person, but what I do know how to do, at the very least, is prioritize. Often, my priorities aren’t aligned with what will make me most happy, but rather with what needs to get done for work, and that means that certain things, like hobbies, writing, reading, crocheting, etc. fall by the wayside.
While I hate that, the things that need to get done have to get done on time. I work from home, and it’d be really easy for me to say, “I just don’t want to.” But the thing is, my coworkers suffer if I don’t get things done, and I suffer if I don’t get things done.
So when I say I do all of these things, what I mean is that I do them. I don’t do them well, or completely, or all on time, but they get done eventually.
Sometimes work takes priority, sometimes writing takes priority, sometimes, I just get overwhelmed and hide under the covers.
I am reading a book right now that is really helping we with “trying to do it all”(review coming soon!), but in the mean time, I want to crowd source this post. How do you get it all done? Let me know in a comment below.
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Defining your Why
Why am I doing what I’m doing? Why is anyone doing what they are doing? Before we tumble down the rabbit hole of existential crisis (which I fall down frequently, but that’s not the point), I want to talk about defining why I do what I do.
24 Books that Changed My Life
The books that change you, that stick with you and cling hard to your ribs bury themselves deep inside, manifesting lessons and bringing forth a burst of understanding you wouldn’t otherwise understand. These are the books that are under my skin, for good, forever. These are not just my favorite books. My favorites can include romantic beach reads, weird meditations on public policy, and comic collections, but what is different about these books are the lessons that stick with me, the memories attached, and the way these books affect my perception of the world and my outlook on life.
How I Set Goals
I am a goal setter. I do what I can to achieve these goals, but as I have made these goals, I’ve noticed what has worked and what really doesn’t. I posted a list of goals yesterday and while a couple of them are vague because of the internet, but most follow the following rules. These are the tests I put my goals up to before I put pressure on myself to achieve it.
24 things I want to do before I turn 25
I make a lot of promises to myself, but this year, I have 24 things I want to do that are long term projects. Some of these things will require personal time and labor, but I only have this one life (I say this, even though I believe in reincarnation…moving on). So here are 24 things I want to accomplish before I turn 25.
Today is my birthday, and I am turning 24 today. Twenty-three has been a long year, and after a year of career setbacks and steps forward and lots of driving, I am ready for my own little birthday traditions to start off a new year.
24 Frames of Mind
I need to re-frame. A lot. Often, re-framing is the only way I can move beyond a problem I am facing. Here are 24 things I say to myself when I need it. I say it to friends, and while some may laugh, it’s genuinely appreciated. I hope you find something to take from it.
June 2017 Reads
Vacations, time on the road and general summertime shenanigans can make reading really hard. I would like this month to be filled with reading, and I am hoping my resolution to read 30 minutes a day helps me get back on track.
One Off Resolutions: June 2017
Now, day before yesterday, I posted a blogpost about what my habit based resolutions were going to be for the month of June. What I didn’t post was a list of “one off’s.” Things I won’t be doing every day, but NEED to actually set aside the time and make happen.