I regularly go through the little notepad that I carry with me all the time, the one full of notes, lists, numbers and every day kind of stuff. I make big X’s across pages where the information on it no longer warrants being looked at. On the pages that have a scribble that I might find useful in the future, I sometimes circle the tidbit. Or perhaps I use a different color pen maybe if it deemed quite pertinent it will get a highlighter mark over it. And then on some very few items, I put a post-it on the page. These have to be kept to a minimum, otherwise the notepad starts to look very messy and ragtag.
For some reason, the one page that has held onto it's post-it the longest is a copy of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2010 . I originally transferred them from another journal at the beginning of this year to assist in the making of the 2011 list, which never happened in large part due to the uncertainty of what lay before my family and I in the upcoming year.
Here is a copy of the list.
- I resolve to organize my magazine collection.
- I resolve to cook 2 new recipes a week from my cooking books or magazines
- I resolve to chisel out 6-pack abs
- 365 blog entries
- Website - Jon of All Trades
- Back Yard Buddies
- Pursue educational co-ops
- 1 long run each week
- Juijitsu 2 times a week
- Out of country
- Finish animal housing
- Patch holes
The list is funny and informative on all sorts of levels. Looking at it, a year and a half after writing it, I can say that one of the 12 has legitimately been accomplished. #5, creating the Website Jon of All Trades. Most are irrelevant now because my circumstances have changed so much from when I first conceived of the list. A few that involve specific consistency were dropped the first time the goal wasn’t reached, which is unfortunate because the principle behind the goal was sound.
Only three have any sort of relevance at this point.
I include #3 with a chuckle. On one level it is purely vanity based which you’d think I could realize and let go of. On the other hand , with a little self-discipline it is a bench mark that is attainable and has been in my sights for as long as I can remember, so why not knuckle down and do what it takes.
#4 remains on the list for a couple of reasons. I find that writing regularly has been good for me and by posting blog entries I have been able to keep track of my life. Facebook has become a shorthand version.
#10 Out of the country--Traveling internationally changed my life. It gives one a different perspective on things. On my 40th birthday I made a resolution to see the “New Seven Wonders of the World” which were announced that day. It’s now been 4 years and I have yet to make it to any one of them.
Now I can remove the post-it.