Today is the first day of a new me. Or a return to an old me. A better version of an old me maybe. Oh, you get the idea. I have new rules for my life starting today and I vow here and now to stick to them. I even got off to a good start this morning.
No more snoozing. My alarm goes off at 6:11 every morning and I proceed to hit snooze every 9 minutes until about 6:50. Yes, I’m a lazy bum. I then have to rush around like crazy and am late for work everyday. Not that anyone notices or cares, but I know and the guilt takes a toll.
No television before 7:30pm. When arriving home from work, the television always goes on though there’s nothing but reruns on the screen. Why do I need this distraction? This is prime getting-stuff-done time. And yet, I’m getting nothing done. No more, my friends. I’m getting all kinds of stuff done now.
No more eating out every night. And that includes ordering in. I’ve gotten beyond lazy and have blogged about my kitchen not being very inspiring. No more. I may never prepare a gourmet meal, but I can make a few good standbys and that will have to do. It’s better for the waistline and the wallet.
Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Whether it’s heading over to the middle school around the corner to walk on the track, or going to the rec center (as soon as I join tomorrow) down the street to swim laps. I’m going to exercise. For the first time in five years I’ve had to buy a new wardrobe one size up. That’s apparently the motivation I needed. *sigh*
Doing homework throughout the week instead of all on Sunday. (It’s a long one but go with it.) This may be the toughest one. But this is what the no TV time is for. After cooking dinner, eating dinner, and cleaning up after dinner, I will do some homework. And if the kitchen doesn’t look perfect, so be it.
Getting to bed at a decent time. Ok, this one will be the hardest. For some reason, my nights between 9 and 12 disappear. I put kiddo to bed at 9 and the next thing I know, it’s 11:30. How does this happen? Is it only happening to me? Is there a cure?!
The big one – write more. I stand corrected, this will be the toughest. My current WIP has been stewing in my head for what feels an eternity at this point. I have a roadmap for it, I’m looking forward to writing it, and yet I don’t. That’s about to change. Especially since I got ANOTHER new story idea over the weekend. I can’t keep putting these things off. I need to take it seriously. I’m starting small. I will write no less than five pages a week. It’s not a lot, and I hope to do much more, but I need a goal that feels easy. And that’s it.
Now it’s your turn. What mid-year resolution are you making? Putting your foot down and making new rules? Have any writing goals you’d like to share and therefore be accountable for? Well, accountability around here is kind of an open ended thing…