I am not much of a planner. There are the usual, predictable things that I plan to do – go to work, get groceries, get gas… but as far as like out-of-the-ordinary events, I’m pretty last-minute. And as far as life goals, I take it as I go. I can plan to be more organized, but my follow-through really needs some work.

New Year’s Resolutions are a fun game to play, so that’s where I will start my life-planning strategy. I won’t resolve to be a planner because I think that’s only setting myself up for failure, but I will resolve to change a few habits that might, in turn, organize my life a bit more. We’ll see… I don’t like to set my expectations too high. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Resolution 1: Sweep the Floor

I already sweep the floor literally, although begrudgingly, because there are other ways I would like to spend my time. But figuratively, there are times when the floor beneath me seems to be strewn with eggshells. It’s a habit of mine to tread lightly but not necessarily something I enjoy. Plus, I realized that it does absolutely zero good… ever.

Do you know what will eventually happen if you walk on eggshells? That’s right. You will simply continue to walk on eggshells – only more so.

Eggshell walking is also stressful. It takes a lot of time and contemplation, and while I value both time and contemplation, each can be put to better use in my life.

Resolution 2: Get Moving

I actually do exercise. Granted, my consistency has dropped off a bit in the last couple of months, but I can give any number of excuses to make that understandable. So I don’t mean exercising when I say get moving. I really just mean getting out of my comfort zone – which is something that I will do occasionally and mostly when it is least expected.

Anyone who knows me knows I am completely happy with my introverted life, but they should also know that I like to prove people wrong, including myself sometimes.

I have a few methods in mind to pull me out of my comfort zone by putting me in front of people, but I probably need to do a little research first. (Looks like planning is making its way into my resolutions.)

Resolution 3: See Clearer

I went to the eye doctor last week and found out I need bifocals. When I was 20, my eyesight was better than perfect – 20/15. But now it just gets worse every year. Oh well. I might not be able to improve my eyesight now, but I can definitely work to improve my focus.

I read that Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Steve Jobs all have attributed their success to focusing on what they want – like crazy focus… beyond what my attention span is currently set at. But if I stick to Resolution 1, then I will be freed up of some time and contemplation that I can transfer to Resolution 3.

It’s like it was meant to be.

Resolved

These aren’t so much New Year’s Resolutions as they are just decisions that I’ve made. I want to stress less, so I change the way I deal with people. I want to do more, so I am practicing what I don’t do well or easily. I want to succeed in writing and publishing an amazing story, so I am focusing my attention on completing that goal.

It all sounds like a lot of work, but at the end of 2020, I resolve to chart real progress.