After the lukewarm success of last year’s new year suggestion categories, I decided to retain the format and keep the same list (for the most part). I’m calling it a lukewarm success because I didn’t really feel any huge sense of accomplishment, but I did feel like it provided a gentle reinforcement for the habits that I wanted to cultivate. So even though it’s a new year, I’m mostly sticking with the same suggestions because most of what I want to do this year are all the same things that I wanted to do last year.
I still like the keep doing, do more, do better, do less/don’t do paradigm. I think that it works well for continuing productive habits. One category that I think that I have underutilized is do less/don’t do. There are a few things that have sort of naturally fallen into this category – things like shopping and drinking that don’t necessarily need to go on a new year suggestions list. But I do feel like I need to think about how I can utilize this category better (do better: utilize don’t do category).
I was pleasantly surprised to notice the do better category. I think that I completely forgot about it. That is a motivating way to keep a lot of my keep doing things in the mix.
|2019 Suggestion||2020 Version|
|Keep getting to the gym 5+ times a week||Keep doing – getting to the gym 5+ times a week (it’s not like I’m in good shape, but enough is enough)|
|Keep working on my writing||Keep doing/do more/do better – writing; specifically: blog 2x/week, write 6+ short stories/flash fiction, continue daily morning pages, find new writing exercises and challenges|
|Do more – get my steps in||Do better – meet 10k daily step goal|
|Do more – call people||Keep doing – call people|
|Do better – use my time more effectively||Do better – use my time more effectively (I wish I could move this to keep doing, but I’m not there yet)|
New for 2020
Do better: thinking about what I eat. Before I eat it. Not in that obsessive, what’s for lunch as soon as breakfast is finished way, but in a thoughtful, is this really what I want to put in my body right now way.
Do less: keeping things that I don’t need. I’m talking to you, collection of espadrilles that I haven’t worn since 2018. Sometimes it is just hard to get rid of something nice, that you like, that is in perfectly good condition, just because it no longer serves you. I don’t think I’m ready for a complete don’t do in terms of keeping things, but if I can let go of a few of these types of things throughout the course of the year, it will feel like a win.
And then, just to be contrary, since everyone is on the intention train, I do have a one silly arbitrary resolution that I want to throw in the mix:
I would like to be able to fold in half again (face to shins with my legs straight out in front of me).
Anything new for your keep doing, do more, do better, do less/don’t do list? Any old-fashioned arbitrary resolutions?