I start every year making goals for the year ahead. So on December 31 I pulled out a new notebook and made my Goals for 2013 (somehow the word goal doesn't sound as scary as resolution). Goals made, I walked off to fix another coffee, feeling smug and ready to tackle the new year.
Until I opened the notebook and looked at my list again.
Can we say ridiculous? Some are "easy" like starting and finishing a novel and catching up on Downton Abbey (okay, starting and catching up). Some "doable" like getting back into an exercise routine and writing the middle grade story rattling around in my brain. And some "insane" like reducing the amount of coffee I drink and eliminating the clutter in my house.
What was I thinking? Not so much about the reducing coffee intake - obviously I wasn't thinking there. But about the number of things I thought I should take on.
Then I read a fabulous blog post where each of the contributors picked one word that would define their year [you can read it here]. Hmmm … interesting (can you hear the gears squeaking in my brain?).
What would my word be?
Only one came to mind … Simplify.
For me, "simplify" means focusing on what really matters and I can easily narrow that down to two things: my family and my writing. When I went back to look at the goals I'd originally written, almost all were in line with those two priorities. But when I compared my goals for the year with my weekly to-do lists, they weren't compatible. That, I'm happy to say, is changing.
So cheers to 2013 and the changes it will bring!