Vary my reading
I read a lot, but I think I’ve fallen into a reading rut. I tend to read blogs, books, and articles that are instructive rather than entertaining. My current wish list of books includes:
- James W. Pennebaker’s The Secret Life of Pronouns (a book about what grammar reveals about personality)
- Kelly James-Enger’s Goodbye Byline: Hello Big Bucks (a book about the business of ghostwriting)
- Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People (a classic success manual that I’ve never read)
- Susan Cain’s Quiet! The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking (a book whose title makes me curious)
I think I need to add some novels or mysteries or historical fiction to this list. Something. (For someone whose tagline is “helping you share your story,” I don’t read a lot of “stories”!) Any recommendations? Please post them in the comments below!
Return to vegetables
I know, last January I publicized my commitment to a lower-carb lifestyle. For much of the year, I maintained that commitment, but October, November, and December saw me heed the siren song of sugar far too often. The good news is, I don’t really like sugar as much as I used to! The bad news is, it takes far less of the stuff to have adverse effects on me. So I’m eager to get back to a diet that includes more natural nutrients. Like green soup. I’ve been having fun experimenting with recipes in the big book of 500 Low-Carb Recipes I received as a Christmas gift. (And if you have other recipe ideas, please share them in the comments!) But those experiments have reminded me that a lifestyle of healthy eating will force me to…
Invest time intentionally
Frankly, eating healthy requires more time than eating pre-made, conveniently packaged, widely available junk food. And “writing healthy” requires more time than writing junk. And running a healthy business requires an awareness of what activities I’m investing time in and what returns I’m seeing on those investments. This year I want to increase my awareness so I can be more intentional about my investments. I’ve put some repeating events in my calendar that will remind me to devote specific hours to writing, to reading, to exercise, to grocery shopping and menu planning. My hope is that by not spending every waking hour in front of a computer screen, I’ll actually accomplish more with the time I do spend here—whether I’m working on my own projects or other people’s.
Now, the question is…
Can I make these commitments stick?