Many thanks to my husband, Greg, for this guest post:
I’ve never chosen a word of the year before. I guess no single word sounded right, and it sounded like too much effort to find the perfect one when I was already very busy. This year though, I’ve decided that I want more focus to what I’m doing so it just felt right to pick a word to represent that. In fact, I considered “focus” as my word. I also considered “manifest”, “intent”, and “committed”. I was looking for something to help me with my desire to get things accomplished. Finally, I happened upon “resolve”.
I like that resolve has two related meanings. As a noun, it reminds me to do everything with determination. If it’s not part of some larger plan, if it’s just passing time, I don’t want to be doing it. That’s not to say that I don’t plan on having any fun this year. I do. But I no longer want to read pointless web pages or watch bad TV shows or movies. I have so many things that are on my list of things to do and see that I shouldn’t spend my time on activities that are the equivalent of junk food.
Conversely, if I am choosing to do something, I want to do it fully. If it’s worthy of doing, it should be worthy of my concentration. Whether it’s work or entertainment or socializing or learning or rest, I should do it with resolve.
The other meaning of resolve is as a verb. I want to resolve my outstanding issues. I have too many to-do lists lying about. Too many e-mails waiting to be dealt with. I want to clear out my backlog and resolved long standing problems. Some of these are just a matter of spend a half an hour (or how ever long it takes) to complete a task I don’t enjoy in order to fix something that’s irksome. Others will be a matter of deciding that it’s not really something I ever want to do. Either way, my list will shrink. It will feel be good to feel a sense of resolution. It’s only three days into the year, and I already feel better.
I’m not going to try to fix everything at once or set up some rigid schedule. I’ve tried both before, and they don’t work. Instead I’m just going to work on making something better each day. To shorten my to-do lists in some way. Clearing my desk is going to take some time (both figuratively and literally), but I feel better with each additional square inch of empty desk I see.
So that’s my word–resolve. Now I’m off to watch a movie. Fully. One I’ve been waiting to see for months. Happy New Year!