2010 has been one of the busiest years of my life. I haven’t lived all that long quite yet so that may not be saying much but for me, it has been a whole new experience. This blog has grown in big ways this year and it isn’t the only project I have been involved in; The Yakezie network has really taken off since its beginning in April, I have been doing a great deal of freelancing in the later half of 2010 and I’ve got plenty more going on in my offline life to keep my hands full.
But with all that has been going on, I have this nagging feeling that I have a lot that has gone on unfinished. I’ve started multiple websites that are now dormant and not because I have lost the passion for the topic but simply because I didn’t make the time to get things rolling. I’ve noticed a lot more clutter around my home than used to be there and I also have a growing list of honeydo’s that needs tending.
I need to shake this feeling and so I am declaring 2011 the year of loose ends.
There is much to do and if I don’t draw a line somewhere, 2011 will be just as busy and this feeling will carry over into 2012. I simply can’t have that happen, so in order to get things done, I have thought of a couple rules I plan to follow in 2011:
No more projects
I start project after project all the time, online and off. I have a backlog of ideas with numbers into the hundreds. The problem with that is that my attention is spread so much between all of these projects, nothing ever gets accomplished and things I’d really like to pursue are left by the wayside.
In 2011 I will focus my energy and time on completing the projects that I have already started. I won’t be taking on any new projects during the year, and hopefully by 2012 I will have some things completed.
Declutter my life
The clutter in my life is becoming unbearable, physically and digitally. I’ve already begun pruning some of my digital data that has become useless but I need to extend that to the physical world.
Starting the first week in January, I will start going through all my possessions and if I haven’t used it in 6 months and have no sentimental attachment to it I will sell it.
I’ve said this before and it never happens because selling things takes time. I know that it’s hard for me to follow through when that requires more of my time that I don’t have so as a backup plan to selling my things, I pledge that if my junk sales extend into February, I will donate the excess to a thrift store. I have a box of “to sell” stuff dating back to 2008 and I can’t take it anymore!
Repair and restore
While my home and many other areas of my life have gathered far too much clutter during 2010, a few areas have also fallen into disrepair. My home needs some serious work in areas and I know that it will cost me far more money in the future if repairs are not done now.
This is where the honeydo’s come into play as well. There are some things we planned to do with the house when we bought it almost five years ago that still haven’t been done. The remodels are fairly minor but the strain on my time budget made them impossible this year. With my cut-back on new work, and my focus on getting things done, I will make an extra effort to schedule in time to finish off the honeydo list once and for…a while. These improvements to our home will certainly make life much more enjoyable around here for me and my family.
This sums up my New Year’s Resolutions for 2011:
- Stop expansion and focus on what I have
- Get rid of what isn’t necessary or useful
- Polish what is useful to a working state again
I know the importance of specificity and have a plan all ready to accomplish these goals, so here’s to a new year! I am excited about 2011 and know it will be just as great as 2010 has been!
Do you have any resolution for this coming year?
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