1.) 15 New Books in 2012
This one is pretty self explanatory. I want to get my reading up to a productive, consistent level. This year I read about 10 new books which was a huge improvement from past years. I will be tracking my reading on Goodreads if you want to follow along.
2.) Reduce Screen Time
A lot of the tasks that I have set out in my resolutions are aimed at this particular item. I can not cut the computer or television out of my life completely, but I especially need to reduce unproductive screen time. Many times I'm sitting in front of the computer and I think about editing photos or blogging and then I go off on a random clicking spree and end up wasting an hour (or two... or five). Or a show is playing on TV but about halfway through I realize I have no idea what is going on because I've been randomly clicking around the internet while it was on. Or I don't feel like cooking because I would rather be sitting on my sofa being lazy with the computer. I need to find a healthy balance between TV, computer and all those other things I want to do. This will be hard because I am addicted to my screens (iPhone included) but I can do it. Life will be better for it.
3.) Weekly Fun List
It is very easy for me to fall into a homebody routine. Go to work, come home, play on the computer, go to bed. Lather, Rinse, Repeat. Each week I want to set out things that will break the montony whether it is attending a lecture at the museum, catching a movie, checking out a new shop or restaurant or driving to a new part of town to do my walk. This is not going to be a big list each week (maybe one or two items), but if I don't plan ahead on things to do then I will find myself sitting at home doing nothing which is pretty much what I did for 2011.
4.) Blog Four Times a Week
I've been blogging a long time. When I started there was a large and vibrant community that used their blogs to share their thoughts and opinions with the world. It was a way for people to keep up with each other. You only knew that someone was dating or got a new car or went to the zoo if you read their blog but now you can find all of that out and more with Facebook and Twitter and tons of other social media sites. Blogging has fallen out of fashion. But I like blogging and I like my blog. It has a history and a story to tell. It is fun to look back through the archives to see the silly stuff I was saying, thinking or feeling. Many times over the recent years I've thought about blogging something, but then got caught up in my random internet clicking (see previous item) or just got lazy. Blogging takes focus and effort and I will do both in 2012. Prepare yourself. A lot of the things I am going to blog are my progress on all these resolutions so you may see posts on what I'm eating, what I'm wearing and where I'm going. Not terribly exciting, but it will get me back at the keyboard, help me stay on track with my resoutions and it will document my year. Bring it on.