I don’t usually even bother to think about this stuff but I was just reading this and found myself nodding my head so here’s my version.
Better diet and exercise. Well I’ve already been vegetarian for about a good six months or so and don’t plan on going back on that so I’m good there. I do, however, tend to eat the same things over and over again so my lovely bride got me a vegetarian cookbook so I should look through it and pick some new things to try. As for exercise, I have a standing desk at work and stay on my feet for the most part while I’m there. I walk my dog, but not as often as I’d like. I have a treadmill in the basement but haven’t been using it regularly. So I’ll just say I would like to walk the dog more often and use the treadmill more when I’m not outside.
Limit social media and news intake. I’ve cut the number of accounts I follow on Twitter and Instagram by a large number. I like to know what’s going on in the world but there’s no need to go crazy with that. I give to my local NPR station and listen to that in the car. I watch the PBS Newshour from time to time. I have a subscription to the Washington Post and The Week magazine. That’s more than enough information.
More time reading books. I read fewer books this year mostly due to the trash fires in the news and following what was happening on social media and news feeds. I don’t need to know what’s happening as it’s happening (unless it’s happening to me) so cutting back on the obsessive updates and chilling with a book seems a more pleasant and better use of my time.
Less time on the cell phone. It’s funny, I interact with information differently on different devices and such. One of the reasons I enjoy reading on my Kindle rather than my tablet is I’m less likely to look up stuff rather than just reading. Same with reading on my phone (though since I’ve cut back on the number of things I follow on social media I find myself actually reading on my phone when I’m in a waiting room or whatever). I also have been plugging in my phone in a nearby room while I’m reading (or even watching something) to cut back on the pure distraction of it.
Less stuff. We recently moved my parents into assisted living and cleaned out their house to put it up on the market. I learned many valuable lessons from this including, don’t be sentimental about big things (like furniture). Be sentimental about little things (like photos and letters). And if you’re not using something, get rid of it. Yes, even that. Yes, that too. No, you’re not going to use it. See ya, bye!
We’ve already started on this one as a family. We went through the kitchen and got rid of things we haven’t used much or at all. We’re re-doing a basement room to make it more of a game room instead of a storehouse for dolls and little kid toys and such. Don’t worry, my daughter is on board with this as well! I’m going to do my part by clearing out my home office and work office of all the cruft. I still have some boxes of things I used to teach with. Time to be given away or recycled! Time for more trips to Goodwill!
So there you go. More of a re-balancing than definite resolutions but these are the things on my mind as we roll into the New Year. How about you? Anything you’re changing or adjusting as we start in on 2018?