Daily Grind

Happy New Year!

2017 was rough for me and my family. However, 2018 is a new year, a new post (Malabo!), and a new chance to seize the opportunities that are sitting right in front of our noses.

Themes for 2018

Last year, I chose “joy” as my One Little Word, and did a terrible job of following through on it. This year, I’ve chosen “thrive,” and I believe that my chances of actually keeping it in mind are considerably higher. I left Jerusalem less happy, less optimistic, and more disagreeable than I had been when I arrived (or had ever been in my life, really). I’ve more-or-less found my center again, but I need to do a better job of not letting my work environment affect my personal outlook on life and my relationships.

2018 Organization

I’m continuing my mix of bullet journaling and Getting Things Done. Each year, I refine my system a little bit better. One black notebook for my personal life, one easily recognizable red notebook for my work life. Sure, I could use the gov’t issue green notebooks, but I’m weird about paper and pens, and I like how visible the red is.

Stuff that worked in 2017:

  • Forward planning, one month per page, two pages for the following year
  • Collections in the back, including @waiting lists
  • Monthly reviews
  • Note taking and indexing

Stuff that I need to figure out for 2018:

  • Weekly and daily scheduling (work)
  • Weekly reviews (work and personal)
  • New contexts (work)
  • Goal tracking (personal)

2018 Resolutions (ish)

Health: after some recent medical surprises and frustrations, my health goal is pretty simple: no “zero days “” for health and fitness (or more accurately, 300/365 non zero days). That means that every day I do something, whether that something is yoga, taking a walk with the kids, or hopping on the elliptical for 30 minutes.

Creativity (aka “craft supplies are cheaper than therapy”): I did OK with card making (although not letter writing) last year, and I’d like to continue my creative streak. Honestly, I have no idea what this is gonna look like in 2018 because it’s 100% gonna depend on what life looks like in Malabo. I’m content to hold off until March on goal setting for making shit.

Community: Bertrand and I began hosting friends for semi-regular spaghetti nights, which where an awesome way to spend time with old friends and welcome new friends into our lives. It took us a little while to find our stride, and now that we’re at my parents’ on home leave, we miss those biweekly-ish gatherings with friends. We’ve got some kinks to work out for Malabo, but we intend to continue to find ways to gather our friends around us in 2018.

Communications: Man, I blogged twice in 2017, one of which was my New Year’s post! There are a lot of reasons, including the fact that I just didn’t have a lot that I wanted to say in public. My blogging goal is similar to my health goal: no zero weeks (or rather, 45/52 non zero weeks). Even if I’m not posting, I’d like to be doing something to help this blog keep moving in 2018.

What have you committed to in 2018?

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