First I had to ask myself, "choose what?" This is a short list of some examples that were at the top of my head during a New Years Eve braindump session :
I will choose my attitude.
I will choose quality over quantity.
I will choose to clear this house of unnecessary things.
I will choose to limit mindless purchases and activities.
I will choose to be present.
I will choose to let it go.
I will choose how I spend my free time.
I will choose experiences over things.
For now, I'm writing everything down in this journal in my shop. On the first page, I sketched a quick piechart (recommended by Elise in her class but modified to suit my lifestyle and needs) to remind myself of the big areas of my life that I want to focus on. For me, they are :
- relationships - my marriage, my kids, our parents + siblings, extended family, friends - online + in real life (yes, my internet relationships are very important to me) ;)
- routine - housework, taking care of the kids, Morgan + her preschool activities
- creative - scrapbooking + beyond. This may be the year my sewing machine sews cloth and not just paper!
- job - hmm, first I need to define what my job is, ha. For all intents + purposes, I consider this section anything I am working on and getting paid for - my Etsy + Blurb shops.
- around the house - purging, organizing + tackling the small unfinished projects as well and a couple big ones, like a new deck and landscaping in the backyard this spring. There may be a honey-do list involved too.
- health + wellness - I'm lumping pretty much anything personal into this category. Everything from diet + exercise + sleep, to reading the books on my shelves before buying/borrowing more, to taking care of myself (regular haircuts, maintaining a more pulled together appearance...)
In the back half, I've given myself one two-page spread per month to write notes and reminders. For example, in May I want to plan the kids (June) birthday party. In September, Morgan starts kindergarten (oh my!), so we'll be preparing for that at the end of the summer. For November I've already written down "make or buy Christmas cards" because I was an epic fail at that last year. No waiting until the last minute.
At the beginning of each month I will review my list of big projects as well as my master idea lists from the categories above and choose how I want to spend that month. I'm hoping to pick at least one from each group, to maintain balance, but am leaving that fairly open especially during busy (or lazy summer) months. Here is a glimpse at what I'm choosing for January. I likely won't be sharing my relationships or job goals here - mostly for privacy sake for me and boredom sake for you.
I'll share more details about my first goal next week. Have a great weekend!