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It’s been a long year. I’ve moved, tried to launch a freelance career, started a new full-time job, gotten engaged and spent many days on a ferry, crossing Lake Champlain. Through all of that, many things have fallen to the wayside. Though I began 2015 with the intention of filling this website with wonderful things related to writing and books, that never really happened… If you couldn’t tell.
While I spent some time tinkering with this website’s layout and overall structure, I never got beyond the bare bones of it. It may look nice but there’s really nothing to it. Nothing. Nada. For 2016, that’s simply not okay. I refuse to be the writer that leaves were website flailing in the wind, drowning in the water. You get it. For 2016, that is just not happening.
After doing some googling, I came across this:
According to the researchers, you’re much more likely to influence behavior using questions, rather than statements. Instead of proclaiming, “I will make my apartment into a Marie Kondo-like temple in 2016,” try asking yourself, “Will I organize and declutter my messy apartment next year?” — to which you’ll respond to yourself, “yes.”
Rebecca Adams, refinery29.com
After finding such a wonderful factoid, I decided to ask myself a simple question: Can I fill this website with everything that I’ve always wanted to and everything that I’ve always dreamed of? Of course.
This revelation led me to something else. While asking myself a question is far more inspiring than giving myself a statement is, what does that mean when it comes to defining a resolution for the New Year? Should I bother? Or, should I take another route that will be more productive? I’m going to go with productive. Why? Because productivity is always a good thing.
Let’s talk goals then. What are some good ones?
- Read, read, read. A few years ago, my New Year’s resolution was to read one book a week. I abandoned my resolution within weeks. For 2016, here’s the goal: Read to my heart’s content. That’s it.
- The next goal? Keep track of those books. Whether that means writing the titles down on a post-it note or letting you know about them here, I want to know what I’ve read and how I felt about it after.
- Write. While I may write for a living, I’ve stopped writing for myself. Next year? I’m changing that. For 2016, I’m making it my personal goal to write, for myself, on a near daily basis.
For now, I think those are good enough. You can only tell yourself to do so many things before they all start feeling like chores. Fortunately, I already have a pile of books and a headful of ideas so preparing to tackle this goals doesn’t require much more than organizing my desk.
With that said, I wish you a Happy New Year!