New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year!

Last year was not a good one for my blogging. I managed a total of only eight posts. There were a number of reasons, some good, some bad,none of which I particularly want to go into.

This year I will hopefully have more free time on my hands and a bit of that will be dedicated to the blog. I’ve been reading Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work and I liked some of the ideas in it a lot.

Kleon recommends sharing something about your work every day, even if what you have to say is very short. I am not sure I have something to say about my work every day, but I like the discipline of trying to post every working day and I thought I would make it one of my New Year’s Resolutions. My posts will probably be a bit shorter than my usual 1000 to 2000 word monsters just to make life a bit easier. I’m thinking of limiting myself to what I can comfortably write in one pomodoro.

I strongly suspect that this will go the way of most of my other resolutions but I will give it a try. At very least, I would like to manage more posts this month than I did last year.

What other resolutions did I make?

Nothing wildly exciting. I will continue to do 10000 steps per day. I’ve been doing this for the last couple of years and I don’t think I’ll have too much trouble keeping it. That has the sound of famous last words, doesn’t it? Watch me break a leg in the next week.

I’m also going to keep an eye on what I eat very closely. I am a type 2 diabetic so I need to do this, and I manage it less often than I would like. This resolution might not sound like much, but I have found that paying attention to what I eat is the best way to control it.

For work, my original idea was to write 1000 words a day, every day. I did this a few years back and had one of my most productive years ever. I backed away from it in the end because I would like to keep my weekends free. Eventually I settled on doing 3 hours of actual writing per working day. This is harder than it sounds, even if you are a supposedly full time writer like me. I’ll probably write a blog post explaining why.

And that’s more or less it. Any of you got any interesting resolutions?

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2 Replies to “New Year Resolutions”

  1. I’ve also been forced to start recording my food intake this year, thanks to a sudden spike in blood pressure. I’ve found it weirdly fascinating, and since starting I’ve found myself thinking much more carefully about what I’m eating rather than just grabbing whatever I fancy- which is probably a good thing. 😉

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