Happy New Year!
As we turn the page on the calendar and usher in a new decade, I thought it would be the opportune time to plan out what I want to do in 2020. While I’m not a believer in setting “resolutions” in the traditional sense, I do still like to set goals for myself. I’d much rather approach these as goals than resolutions, but I don’t want to get into a contextual discussion about the use of goal vs resolution.
As a compromise, here are 7 things I will do in 2020:
1. Take Time for Me
Over the past few years as I’ve continued my journey of self-discovery, I’ve learned that I need to take time for myself. Whether it’s through silent retreats, a destination vacation, a weekend getaway, or even just a walk in the woods, I need to take time for myself. That is not to say that I need to be alone; I would gladly have my wife and/or other loved ones near me in most situations. I simply mean that I need to put aside the needs and wants of the world, and focus on what I want to do.
It sounds selfish to some, but I’ve learned to start putting myself first. I can’t help the world around me if I’m not able to first help myself. It’s like the analogy of the oxygen masks in airplanes. We are instructed to put on our own mask first in the event of an emergency, and only then to assist others in putting their masks on. If you’re not able to breathe, you won’t be able to help many people. The same rings true for life. If you don’t take time to fuel the fire that burns within you, your light will start to shutter.
2. Listen to my Body
This ties in very closely to the previous point. If I am to take time for myself, I need to be able to listen to my body and give it what it needs. Am I feeling run down? Time for a break and some relaxation. Am I feeling stiff and sore? It might be time for some yoga or other exercise.
Your body tells you so many things, but we’ve mostly tuned it out. How many of you will get a little itch in the back of your throat, or a bit of nasal congestion, but ignore it. What usually comes next? You get a massive cold that lasts days and often knocks you on your ass. If we learn to listen to the early warning signs, you may be able to prevent your body from shifting from it’s yellow to red alert stage.
3. Read at Least 24 Books
During 2019, I had challenged myself to read at least 20 books. I ended up reading 29 in total. As part of my “me time”, I want to continue reading. So I will increase my challenge from this year to 24 books, which works out to an average of 2 per month. How about you? Do you keep track of what you read? Goodreads is a great site for book lovers. You can keep track of what you’ve read and build a “to-read” list. You can click on the image below to see my 2019 reading challenge results. (Full disclosure, there is zero sponsorship here… I just like the site.)
4. Stop Making Lists
I take this thing called “life” too seriously sometimes. It’s time to loosen up, not be so rigid and just go with the flow. Stop making these laundry lists of things to do and just go out and enjoy your life. Who cares if you don’t get to do everything? Enjoy what you do get to do; be present and stop worrying about what you may miss.
Happy 2020 everyone!
What do you have on your list of things to do in 2020?