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Thursday, January 10, 2008

My New Year's Post (10 Days Late)

I like making lists. When an idea flows from my brain to paper in an orderly fashion I feel that my life has regained balance. My tasks for the day are summed up and now I can have the supreme satisfaction of knowing that after I complete the task, I can cross them off. I don’t have to think about it again. It’s also a way to cope with my memory, which is about as reliable as customer service at Best Buy. An idea will flit across my brain. Hmmm… I need to send Mom a birthday card. I think about the steps involved in the process. I need to buy her a card. I need to buy a stamp. I need to go to the store to buy a card and a stamp. I can’t go to the store right now this minute, which would really be the only way for it to happen successfully. So I tell myself, write it down you idiot before you forget! And then I start to think about where my to do list is. Oh yes, I’m typing it on my computer now. I turn the computer on, I wait for it to load, and my email pops up. I check my email. I respond to that one email I’ve been waiting for all day, I check to see that yes my netflix movie is coming tomorrow. I pull up my to-do list and by now, of course, I’ve forgotten what I was going to write down. It goes without saying that Mom doesn’t get a birthday card.

Thus my dependence on lists. The start of a new year is an excellent time to make lots of lists. I’ve started my reading list for the year, which I posted earlier. I’m always adding to my Google To-do list. I have notebooks full of lists at work.

But I do not have a list of goals for the New Year. Yet. The tiniest germ of an idea has been rolling around in my head of what I want to set as goals for myself this year, but I’m going to write it down right here so it solidifies.

In 2008, I want to:

Write every day. I like writing, and I know I could be good at it if I stopped flirting with it and sit down to do the hard work of writing each and every day.

Take more pictures. I have my dream camera. It is a point and shoot to be sure, but it is the most amazing camera I personally have ever owned.

Read more books. Go to the library more. Go to Borders a little less.


Giulia said...

Wanna know one of my favorite nerdy activities? Going to Target and buying those little notebooks. I get one for lists and one for sermon notes. I went through two 'lists' notebooks between late August and today, and I'm pretty sure I would have died otherwise.

So yeah, I'm pretty sure you're my twin. That is, my tall, blonde, blue-eyed, Scandinavian twin.

Bold Blue Adventure said...

G-Didn't we discuss the whole I'm not blonde anymore thing on Saturday? :-)