My one little word for this year is the word consistency.
I wrote about this last week when describing what it was I was doing this year instead of a New Year’s Resolution that would be disregarded and forgotten. While that is not always the case with resolutions, being consistent seems much more manageable in my addled brain.
“So, you want to be consistent, you say. What does this look like? How can it be measured? How you you know if you are successful?”
Those are all fine question, my administrator mind, now some answers for you.
- What does this look like? It will (and should) look like many things. I want to be consistent in many areas of my life: my health, weight, eating, family, and my personal relationships, just to mention a few. Consistency with my health will look like clean cancer scans, it will look like more exercise, a lower over all weight, a more healthy relationship with my wife, my daughters, and those closest to me.
- How can it be measured? The first way, my weight will go down, between 15 – 20 pounds. Second, I will limit my purchase of crappy foods to breakfast pizza on Friday mornings. This is my treat for the week and sometimes, you cannot just give up everyone. Third, my wife and I will go on at least one “date night” kind of evening a month. I’d love to say more, but goodness, school wears me out right now. Fourth, I will exercise at least three times a week, 30 minutes per time. I read this article to my students about ways to add years to your life by changing your habits. Exercising 30-40 minutes per day, 5 days a week, can help my cells mimic those of someone nine years younger! What?? How cool would that be to have the cells of someone much younger just by working out? And finally, we will be a more interactive family unit. Being a full nest again as been stressful. Our oldest looks at us as “gawd, you are old”, and our youngest looks at us as “gawd, I’m an adult.” We love them dearly, but wowzers, empty nest needs to be cleaned out! 🙂
- How will you know if you are successful? I’m look at success if I can meet the above mentioned points by December 31st. If this happens, consistency in these areas will have been met.
So, I didn’t even mention school because this isn’t for school, it’s for me. My school behaviors will change if the above mentioned behaviors change. I will sleep better, have more time, and be a better all around person. During #iaedchat, the question was “Sometimes we need to STOP doing things in order to be successful. What will you STOP doing in 2019?” My answer to this: procrastinating and being unorganized. If I could get all this done, I’m not sure I’d know what to do with myself, and I know for a fact my wife wouldn’t know what to do either!
What about your one word? What was your one little word? How have you started your New Year off?
Me, I was on my left foot right before the clock struck midnight, so I could start out the new year on the right foot.
January 8, 2019 at 9:57 pm
Stating how you can measure your goals makes consistency in your life manageable. Thanks for sharing this with us.
January 9, 2019 at 6:31 am
Breaking it down, writing it down, committing to it, they all are part of what I’m trying to do to get better, each day. We’ll see how it works out! 🙂 Thank you for commenting today!
January 8, 2019 at 10:02 pm
Thanks for sharing your #OLW19, Darin. I love your word. Consistency is something I strive for as well. Yet, I have to be careful because sometimes consistency may mean that I become inflexible and rigid. From your post, it sounds like you’ve already thought of that! Good luck!
January 9, 2019 at 6:30 am
That’s what I’m hoping too, that consistency without some of those side effects that can happen! Thank you and Happy New Year! 🙂
January 9, 2019 at 4:42 am
I hope to add some of your ideas to my own New Year. I wish you success