New Year’s Resolutions are very hit or miss for me. Some years I do them and some years I do not. But this year I have some things I really want to work on so I will give it a whirl and see how well I (and others) do holding myself accountable to them.
- Change my sleep patterns so I go to bed earlier, get up earlier and get 6-8 hours a sleep a night. Those who know me know I tend to be a night owl and sometimes have bouts of insomnia so often I struggle getting 7 contiguous hours of sleep. I want to do better with this.
- Be more punctual and end on time. Those who know me also are very familiar with my timeline- usually 5-15 minutes later arriving than I should be. Often talking and sharing ideas after we should have wrapped up. So I am going to work hard on giving myself more space between calendar events and work intentionally to arrive on time. Where there are meetings, to end those as promised and schedule another if the work is not complete. This one runs the most danger of being broken within 3 days!
- Meet the Centenary deadlines on time. This is not typically something I have trouble with but I am just now figuring out the rhythm of deadlines at this church. It’s very different than other places I’ve served- working so far in advance. For me that has meant that when I need to have something completed, I’m not really ready to have focused thoughts. I have a much better sense of the weekly, monthly and quarterly rhythms now so I plan to meet my deadlines on time with few exceptions.
Yes, I realize my resolutions involve mostly time management and have absolutely nothing to do with money, my weight, my exercise or eating habits. Those are not the things I want to work on. What is it that you want or need to work on in the coming year? Who will help hold you accountable so you can be successful over time? I have some staff, my husband and a brother that will help hold me accountable. Without that piece within days it will back to my usual. I know it will take time to make changes that will stick around but I am hopeful of making some progress. I’ll keep you posted.