Day 2 of the new year. I have always been a resolutions kind of girl. Some years have been very specific like “Stop biting my nails” (an ongoing battle). Other years, they have been grander like “Be focused” (I think this related to both work and personal life). I have always had relatively healthy habits so I figured I could stick to resolutions I made, but like the best resolutions, most fizzled by spring.
This year, making resolutions seems to be in conflict with a new style of working I’m trying to adopt, Zen To Done (ZTD). Zen to Done is nothing new–I’ve been trying to work simply, efficiently, and cleanly for as long as I have been a working person. However, in the Zen to Done philosophy, you focus on only one goal at a time.
While I have plenty of personal goals, my only professional goal right now is to finish my dissertation. So professional resolution, check. Under the ZTD philosophy, once you’ve completed your goal, you make a new one. And believe me, I have plenty of professional goals on the proverbial back burner right now.
As for personal non-resolutions, I just want to re-establish some healthy habits I used to have. I used to exercise with regularity and now I make excuses. I used to menu plan to alleviate dinner-time stress and now I just throw something together. These little things make a difference in my personal life. So instead of a life overhaul (in resolutions), I just want to slowly slowly re-establish the routines and strategies that make my life easier.
I got the best text ever on New Year’s Day from a good friend. I feel a palpable energy and excitement in the air and luckily it seems like I have lots of support around me too.