Three months ago, I would not have imagined that my post in September would be the last one of the year, but here I am writing again in 2009. The beginning of a new year is often when people decide to make resolutions that they intend to keep for the duration of the year. I have generally preferred writing down short and long term goals when necessary instead of being captive to the Gregorian calendar.
In 2008, however, I allowed work to take over my life from about mid-October to the end of December. Consequently I have decided to make a few promises to myself in order to maintain better work-life balance in 2009 and future years.
Besides my commitments at work, I will make sure that I take the time to do the following each day:
- Eat well (healthy food, frequently)
- Exercise and spend time outdoors
- Read and learn something new
- Write and reflect
- Practice an art (most likely play the guitar or paint)
- Socialize (preferably in person than via phone or internet)
- Meditate and relax
Incorporating all seven items into each day seems challenging to me at the moment, but I would much rather promise myself substantial change and gradually develop the habits necessary to achieve it than aim for something trivial and ineffective.