I think this is much less fun.
A similar situation arose yesterday when I sat down to flesh out the blog posts I had in mind for today. Wednesdays are two-post days (here and at Organizing by STYLE) and the idea I had in mind could work for either blog site.
As I wrote, I came to a crossroads. And I thought, why not do both?
The first three paragraphs of the post below are identical to today's post over at Organizing by STYLE. From there, I took the post in one direction here and another direction there.
It was a kind of fun experiment -- a different sort of Wednesday Crossover post. If you're curious about how a writer's mind (or this writer's mind, anyway) works, I invite you to read both.
|Rachel DeMasi for The Porch Swing Chronicles|
How'd I do? Pretty well, overall. I made solid improvement on 17 or 18 of the twenty. I deemed one unrealistic (or at least in need of reworking). And the 20th item? I failed miserably. Oddly enough, that one (set a screen time curfew) seemed fairly straightforward pre-COVID but, somewhere between April and October, I stopped caring about doing it. No motivation, no progress.
As I move forward into 2021, I definitely want to do this again. Some of the items will stay on the list because, although I got better, there's still room for improvement. As I write this, I'm tinkering with the number, though, and leaning toward sticking with 20. While 21 things in 2021 doesn't sound too daunting, I'm hoping to be around for 2035 and 35 things in 2035 sounds a bit overwhelming. More important, the goal is baby steps, and making the list longer and longer doesn't seem to be in keeping with the theme.
I'm a little ahead of last year's schedule, actually making this list in December and, who knows? I might end up with 21 items by the time I'm finished. But, as of December 30, 2020, here are my 20 for 2021, many carried over from last year, some new, and some revamped. Why keep last year's items? Because I am, indeed, a work in progress and there are quite a few things I want to keep working on. Some that fell off the list have become ingrained in my everyday thinking and practice to my satisfaction. Others were reworked to reflect a sharper focus more in keeping with the original intent.
1. Move more (a definite response to all the sitting in 2020).
2. Be mindful.
3. Don't judge downtime, but don't waste it either.
5. Create spaces I want to spend time in.
6. Read for fun, not just for work.
7. Prize my time and my right to say "maybe," "I can't right now," and even "no."
8. Give people space to do things for themselves.
9. Speak my mind, but don't forget to be kind.
10. Use less plastic and paper.
11. Find the balance between routine and flexibility.
12. Be grateful often.
13. Meditate more.
14. Define my (professional) brand and stay true to it.
15. Live on the plateau sometimes.
16. Be optimistic.
17. Recognize effort and say thank you.
18. Make time for creative pursuits beyond my writing.
19. Keep up with Duolingo.
20. Stop caring what other people think. They're probably not watching anyway.
What are your 20 (or 21) for 2021?