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maura @ 9:38 pm

It’s the last day of January, so it’s time to get those Groundhog’s Day Eve resolutions in. What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of Groundhog’s Day Eve resolutions?!! You must be one of those organized do-gooder types that make New Year’s resolutions, harrumph.

Yeah, so I couldn’t get it together to do the resolutions thing in January. I mean, I made them, but I didn’t really stick to them. So in the spirit of Bill Murray I am giving myself another chance. And I’m posting them here, too, so I will a) remember them, and b) feel some small amount of public shame when I think about slacking on them. Let’s see if it works.

1. Be more realistic.
Kind of an overarching goal. I tend to make a huge list of things that no human could possibly accomplish within the unreasonable timeframe I’ve set, then get mad at myself for not finishing them. Watch me practice this resolution with the very list of resolutions I’m creating!

2. Get control of my infostreams.
I’ve had marginal success with this one, actually. I moved all my feeds into google reader, and I’ve been able to get most of the NY Times scanned each morning (tho sometimes the Science Times has to wait til after work). But there are 126 unread items in my google reader right now so obviously this one still needs work.

3. Start meditating again.
For some reason that I can’t quite fathom I stopped meditating about a year ago. Which was dumb, because it helped me sleep better and was great for dealing with stress, too. So I need to get back to that.

4. Floss in the mornings (as well as at night).
This is a little thing that always feels like a big thing but really is the right thing so I should just do it!

5. Find some sort of volunteery thing to do with Gus.
There was an article in the Times about family volunteering a couple of years ago. It’s been on my mind for a while, and I think this is the year to do it.

6. Carve out more time for reading + writing.
Blag, journal + even maybe some other casual writing (maybe even about libraries). And try to start making a dent in my 100+ book reading list.

Okay, in the spirit of #1 it’s probably time to stop now. We have a movie to finish before I have to meditate!

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7 comments on “i’ll write you a postcard i’ll send you the news”

Anne (31 January 2009 at 11:47 pm)

Actually Groundhog Day is the 2nd, so there’s still time…

maura (1 February 2009 at 1:07 pm)

And I still need it, apparently, since I never managed to meditate last night. But I did floss this morning, hooray!

jonathan (3 February 2009 at 11:05 am)

Wait, what did Punxsutawney Phil determine? I refuse to use the internet today, at all. Even for questions.

maura (3 February 2009 at 9:34 pm)

You are a fibber, I know you were on the internets today! 6 more weeks, baby. Go, snow!

Lisa (5 February 2009 at 10:29 pm)

In the spirit of #1 (and the little project manager inside me), you should prioritize the things on your big lists–perhaps you do already. It may make it easier to let go of the things if you can get the high priority things (the musts) done. You’ll look at some item and it will be marked “low priority” and you’ll feel it wasn’t that important after all.

maura (6 February 2009 at 9:03 pm)

Yeah, I need to revamp my listmaking these days, definitely. I had a good system last semester but it’s fallen down lately. With work stuff it’s more that there’s so much that I *want* to do that it’s hard to give any of it up. It’s been easier to let go of non-essential home improvementy type stuff (though our bathrooms will need renovating soon, which I’m dreading).

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