Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.
This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!’ I’m not generally big on resolutions, but I’ll give this one a try anyway. I’m not going to confine the list to bookish things, but books and reading will probably be a big part of it. So here goes:
1. Read for at least 30 minutes each day. Although I often manage this, there are days when I get to bed and regret that I didn’t take the opportunity that day to read very much. I don’t want to rigidly set aside a specific time for reading as I don’t want it to become a chore, but there are times when I waste time during a day where I could be reading instead.
2. Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. There were times during 2014 when I was up to almost an hour of exercise each day. In fact, during the first six months of the year I lost almost 30 pounds. However, recently I have gotten out of the habit, but with all the Christmas eating I now realize that exercise needs to become part of my daily routine again. If I get back to doing the step on the Wii Fit I can combine the 30 minutes of exercise with the 30 minutes of reading!
3. Pray for at least 30 minutes each day. Again, there were times during 2014 when I was doing well with this, but recently it has become quite sporadic again. If I can get at least 15 minutes in right after I get up, I feel set for the day. I had been exploring some form of praying the daily office, but for now I’m happy to start with morning and evening prayers and take it from there. I have a couple of really good books on prayer that I want to get into in the New Year, which I believe will help me with this.
4. Be more intentional in time set aside for family activities. Although this is not an area that is desperately bad or anything, we need to do better in planning time for doing things together as a family – whether it be fun outings, playing games, watching movies, going for walks, or whatever – making sure we spend regular time together each week.
5. Try to have less books on the go at any one time. Currently (according to GoodReads) I have 26 books on the go. As I look at the list, I have noticed some that I forgot about. I have a really bad habit of starting a book, then finding and starting something else I really want to read, but never getting back to the previous one. Rarely there are books I just can’t finish for some reason or other, but that doesn’t happen too often.
6. Journal more. This is something I enjoy, but just seem to have gotten out of the habit of doing. Generally I find writing very therapeutic. Although my journals will never see the light of day, I find great personal value in writing in them on a regular basis.
7. Be more intentional in my blogging. This is something else that comes and goes. Some weeks all I manage are a few book related memes, so I need to work on expanding things beyond that. It’s another thing that I enjoy and find therapeutic, so I need to make sure that I create time for this as well.
8. Take more photos. I was involved in a Project 52 on Flickr for the first part of the year, but I let it slide for a little while and then just never got back into the discipline of it. I’m hoping to rejoin the group for 2014 (if they’ll have me back!) and this time I need to make more time for getting out and taking pictures.
9. Work towards developing a ‘Rule of Life’. One of the books over the last few years that I’ve found very helpful on my journey has been The Sacred Way by Tony Jones. I’ve tried and adopted a number of the spiritual practices and disciplines that he writes about in this book into my daily life. At the end of the book he writes about the development of a ‘Rule of Life’, saying the following:
However, it’s vitally important that each believer develops a “Rule of Life” – that is, “a pattern of spiritual disciplines that provides structure and direction for growth in holiness.”
This is something that I’d really like to explore during the coming months.
10. Get back to The Classics Club. I joined The Classics Club in 2013 with great intentions, but managed only 2 books from my list in 2014, after having read 6 in the previous year. I really want to read all 50 books on my list, so this is something I need to get back to.
There are probably some other things that I’ll think of in the days ahead that I could have included in this Top Ten, but this is a good start at least. Maybe I’ll revisit this list a few times in 2015 to see if I actually even paid any attention to it! In the meantime, I’ll take the time to wish you a Happy New Year in 2015 and may you accomplish any tasks or goals that you have set for yourself.