Breaking Resolutions

Did You Make Any New Year’s Resolutions?new-years-resolutions

Have you kept them . . . or have you already broken them?

Most of us don’t make New Year’s Resolutions . . . and for good reason. Then, again, there is something to be said about getting more exercise, eating right and stop procrastinating . . . among other things.

But, it does seem, about now, many resolutions have been broken . . . maybe revised . . . or completely forgotten.

I’ve Been Doing Re-Evaluations Of My Goals

I believe resolutions are merely goals we want to attain within the coming year.

You can make them New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day . . . or any time you choose. It’s usually when you find there are things you’ve neglected and need to make some changes to make your life easier. Or your plans for a vacation this summer and you want to get into shape . . . There are always goals we have for a particular time or event.

And life also gives us other things to take our time away from our goals.

As I said, I’ve been doing some re-evaluating of my goals. Some have been completely abandoned . . . others, I’m rethinking. And, of course, there are some, after more research, have been found not to be something I want to delve into at this time.

I love my websites and TwoCansOnAString.com in particular. There are no changes I plan to make here. This website reflects what is important to me.

Then, there are my other websites. Some I had thought of letting go . . . then, I started thinking . . . but depending upon the time of day . . . I have a different thought process. I wonder if decisions should be made in the morning or evening or sometime during the day.

I read the best time for making decisions is when you’re fresh and alert. So, when you’re not feeling well, it’s best to not make decisions other than doing what is necessary to feel better. Then tackle those other decisions when you’re feeling fresh and alert.

As with my other websites, I’ve been taking my time making a decision about them. There is no rush . . . but I do have a better idea of my priorities.

I do love paper crafts.

I’d love to make my own designs. So, I’ve been studying about that. It does take time away from my other websites . . . so, it should be an easy decision for me to follow my interest and allow me the freedom to concentrate upon what is truly important to me.

I know at one time, I thought having many websites would be a great thing. Then learning how to write for the internet and do guest blogging . . . and then just writing and being true to myself . . . and by being true to myself, that means that I need to pursue paper crafts and learn as much as possible.

It works with playing a musical instrument or learning a new skill. It does take a lot of practice and understanding of what you’re learning. It takes time to master . . . or at least to become better at it than you were before. Maybe baby steps is the process.

It’s best not to get over your head too soon.

No matter whether you made New Year’s Resolutions or not . . . are keeping them . . . or not . . . revamping them . . . or not. There are always things we want to do or learn to do better . . . or have a goal to accomplish by a certain date.

I may have the wrong attitude about things.

I know I will get to them when I have to. It’s a motivator to clean the house when company is coming!! And the thought does come into our heads that it wouldn’t be this much work, if we a did a little each and every day . . . or hire someone to come clean once a week or twice a month.

There are options and solutions.

And when you think about it, there are options and solutions to every goal or resolution you’ve made or didn’t make . . . but are now thinking about accomplishing within a particular time.

Goals are definitely a personal thing you have to be committed to accomplishing.eeyoreballoonbust

Don’t feel forced into doing something . . . anything you’re not ready to tackle.

It usually doesn’t work out well.

I’ve found, it best not to depend upon someone else to help you. It’s your goal . . . and you have to be self-motivated to achieve it.

I’ve read that it’s best not to let others know your goals . . . too many like to burst your dreams. But, someone you can trust and value their opinion may help you figure out exactly what you want to accomplish . . . and can achieve.

When You Find Yourself Running In Circles

It’s best not to make any decisions until you have to time to sit down quietly and think things through.

It may appear to others as procrastinating, but it’s not wise to make any serious decisions in haste . . . just to please others . . . or save yourself from not making a decision hastily.

As we get older, the opinions of others means less and less to us. It’s not that we don’t care, it’s that we don’t worry about insignificant things.

I remember a co-worker would always ask . . . “In 5 years, how important will this problem be?”

Depending upon your age . . . 5 years seems so far in the future . . . or just a snap of the fingers . . . and through personal experience we’ve learned that some decisions could have a significant impact 5 years down the road . . .

Life is strange, but it is definitely worth living to the fullest. We may get bogged down with the daily stuff . . . and need to take care of some old business . . . and in the end, we’re better off by putting forth the effort.

This isn’t an advice column. It’s just a forum I use from time to time to think . . . and to get others to think, too. We all have decisions to make . . . and we give it our best shot . . . but there’s nothing wrong with finding we made a bad decision or we need to do some re-thinking from time to time.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sharon

Catching Up

Have You Noticed That You’re Always Catching Up On Tasks?

I am.

I promised my brother I’d print out some pictures for him . . . that was months ago . . .

I finally decided to get to it. Once I got started it wasn’t that big of a deal. Maybe you’ve found the same to be true for you.

It’s embarrassing how I put things off. I know it is a bit early for New Year’s Resolutions, but this procrastination is one thing I need to stop . . . or at least get a handle on it.

I used to be much more organized and task oriented. I’m not sure what happened. Maybe getting involved in too many things.

It’s difficult to go back and discover when it all started, but it may be a sense of overwhelm I was experiencing or maybe starting something new that took up most of my time.

I’m not looking for excuses, but an explanation. What I know for sure is that procrastination hasn’t worked out for me. I’ve let others down and myself as well.

I don’t remember what was so important. That’s the truth of the matter. Sure I was taking a writing course, but that shouldn’t stop me from doing other tasks.

Yes, I was building websites . . . there was room to do other things right along with it.

I have no explanation and no excuse for procrastinating on important tasks. Have you found the same to be true for you?

Sorry For Making It Personal

I’m frustrated with myself for procrastinating.

It’s also embarrassing to be called on not following through. Even with the best of intentions, I don’t like letting others down.

It’s not right, in my way of thinking, to essentially tell someone that what I’m doing is much more important than what you asked me to do. It’s not how I felt at the time, but my lack of follow through showed that or conveyed that thought.

I’ve found that when I truly want to change my behavior, I make up my mind to do it.

At this point I’m tired of catching up. I want to be more organized and maybe get on a schedule . . . maybe that’s going a bit too far . . . but I may have to do just that to achieve the change I’m seeking.

Life Demands Multi-Tasking

I don’t know if the days, weeks and months seem to go by quickly for you, but they sure do for me.

It’s always “I’ll get to that tomorrow” mindset that has me catching up all the time.

I have found some priorities, though. It has to do with bill paying and answering letters, but when it comes to other tasks, I’ve found I’ve messed up.

Having a schedule may be important to get started. I want to eliminate procrastination from my behavior habit.

I’m all right with a flexible schedule. Maybe one that has the tasks written down for the whole month and then checking them off as they’re done. And maybe numbering them to get the most important ones accomplished first . . . but also squeezing in other tasks along with them. It may make my time more productive.

My websites are a priority. I love blogging, but find I’m not as dedicated as before. It may be due to having more websites than I can handle or losing interest in some and this frustration has resulted in allowing my favorite ones to suffer as well.

I know I’ve been struggling with a couple of websites that have gotten me down. This has been weighing on my mind for quite a long time. I think it may be time for me re-evaluate them and let them go to give me time to devote my time to those websites I enjoy.

Yes, there is a time to let go when you find things aren’t allowing you to progress.

Have You Noticed How Your Priorities Change Over Time?

I’m sure this is only natural.

We’re always learning something new. This could be conscious or subconscious or even unconscious. We’re picking things up from all forms of media as well as snipits of conversations we hear when we’re out and about.

Something clicks within our minds without us being aware of it at times. And I believe it gets us thinking about it on some conscious level to make sense about it and how it applies to us.

Not to sound selfish, but honestly it is about you and about me. We’re always wondering how something is going to affect me. It’s natural, not selfish.

It’s a basic part of human nature. We hear about a drought and wonder how it affects us personally. We want to know what we can do to help the situation rather than make it worse.

We do want to play an active role in many issues, mainly so it won’t impact our lives ¬†or lifestyle unfavorably. I like being comfortable and not worrying about things.

I want to improve my life and my skills. I want to continue learning, but not at the expense of other things that are equally important.

There are only so many hours in the day. I know I need to be as productive as possible. And also to give myself some time to relax and recharge.

My priorities have changed to some degree. And in order to be true to myself, I need to address those issues that are draining me and putting me into a procrastination mode.

For me it’s some websites that are draining rather than fulfilling. Yet, it’s difficult to let go . . . that’s my struggle right now. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to let go of that struggle and other struggles that are dragging me down?

It’s almost a no-brainer . . . so why is it so difficult?

When I figure that out, I may have something important to share that will be helpful to others.

If you have any suggestions be sure to let me know. I’m eager to learn something new and beneficial that makes my life easier and easier for others as well.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sharon