There's an overabundance of talk today about starting fresh. Everyone is talking about their resolutions, things they want to improve, and just generally starting anew. The dawn of a new year tends to bring out our most basic instinct to get our proverbial house in order. And I am no different.
But while everything in my being is telling me to get cracking on achieving every goal I've had for myself since I was 13, my better judgement is tempering my thoughts today. Let me tell you that I haven't made any resolutions. Would I like to lose weight, make more money, be more organized, etc, etc like everyone else? Of course! But years of New Years have taught me that I'm not a very good resolution-keeper.
Instead I'm going to spend some time today making a list of achievable tasks that I actually believe I can accomplish this year. This are things on my to-do list that can be checked off - not the perennial "lose 20 lbs" - more along the lines of "upgrade bathroom light fixture."
So what am I doing today? Today is a family day. But in between time with the kids and watching bowl games I am working on the following "fresh start" actions:
* Clear out my voicemail - home & mobile
* Change the filter in the water filtration system
* Download pictures off my camera & erase them from the memory card
* Review my DVR timers and weed out those I don't watch
* Finish my Christmas Thank-You cards
* Put away the last of the Christmas decorations (there are a handful of things lingering that didn't make it in the first round of picking up)
* Make my 2011 check list (a list of do-able actions, not unobtainable goals)
And if I get to it... clean out my email inbox & contact lists.
How will you be spending this first day of the year? If the thought of trying to become a new person in one day is daunting (it is for me) then try not to think of it as a new start. Think of it as your life - just one more day in your life that you are trying to make as good as it can be.