Maybe it is too early to think about new year resolutions in September. Yet, I was thinking about some things that I forget to prioritize in my everyday life, things I actually identify as part of myself. If someone asks me if I like to read, for instance, my response would be something similar to “Yes, I love to read!”. Hopefully, their next question wouldn’t be “Cool! What books have you read lately?” (it always is, though, isn’t it?), because if it was, I’d reply that I only read half a book this summer.
The thing is, if I think about how I identify as a person, in terms of interests and such, there are several things that come to mind. I like to read. I like to write. I like to sing, dance and listen to music. I’m passionate about my health and staying fit. I am creative with an entrepreneurial spirit. But, how many of these things are actual parts of my routines and everyday life?
Taking action is essential
I guess Carl Jung said it best:
You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.– Carl Jung
I have come to realize that it isn’t helpful to go around believing oneself to be this and that; such as an avid reader or a decent writer, for instance. Not if you don’t put in the time to actually read and write. The reality might be harsh, but it’s true. Taking action is essential. If you think of yourself as a writer, but only dream about it and never act on it, then you’re not a writer. You are someone who dreams about being a writer.
And that goes for anything. If you dream it, do it. If not, you spend your life only dreaming it and never actually living it. Isn’t that a rather sad kind of existence? Dreaming is good, of course. We should never stop dreaming. But dreaming becomes a crutch if it’s all we do.
In life, I want to be the person I believe myself to be. As of right now, the relationship between who I think I am and who I actually am is skewed. I will however pat myself on the back for starting this blog, and continuing to produce content for it. This way, I can call myself a writer, because I actually write consistently.
Hard work trumps talent
I read this the other day: “A bad writer who writes often will accomplish more than a good writer who never writes. Ideas left unspoken or unacted upon die.” It truly resonates with me. I guess it’s like this with any kind of talent. Talent will only get you so far if you don’t work hard at what you wish to accomplish. It might be difficult and painful at first, but if you keep doing it long enough, the thing you want to accomplish, then it becomes your new normal.
That’s why I can’t quit writing this blog, no matter how much I might feel that most of the time the words just stumble down on the page, with no elegance whatsoever. After all, stumbling words is better than no words at all. And if I continue to write consistently, I will eventually be better at it.
Because you are what you do and not what you think you do (or say you’ll do), I make it my business to set things in motion. Can you imagine that if you say to yourself that you will do something, read, dance or whatever, for only five minutes each day, you’ll be able to do 12 different things in the course of one hour? From this perspective, saying that you do not have enough time seems like a lame excuse, doesn’t it?
7 Everyday Resolutions
With this in mind, I decided to write down seven everyday resolutions for myself, in order to bring myself closer to being the person that I imagine myself to be:
1. Read 10 minutes every day
As I said initially, I don’t seem to prioritize reading even if it’s something I truly enjoy doing. Therefore, I’m plotting in ten minutes of reading each day to see if that’ll change things.
2. Take 10 pushups and 10 situps every morning
The workout. Yes, ten of each might not seem like much. But if you think about it, ten of each every morning means that you will have taken 70 of each every week. And 70 is a great deal more than none. Sometimes I might take more than ten. I mean, workouts are kind of addictive, aren’t they?
3. Play guitar every day
I picked up guitar playing a year ago, when I struggled with the completion of my dissertation. It became a nice distraction during one of my most challenging periods to date. I have realized that it doesn’t take many days without playing to lose touch with what I’ve learned. Hence, playing guitar regularly is crucial.
4. Go to bed at a reasonable hour
Remember my thoughts on a good morning routine? One of the key activities to keeping up a good morning routine is getting to bed in time. I have been slacking in this area for a while now, resulting in me losing half an hour of my allotted time for a calm and stress free morning routine. Simultaneously, it leaves me very tired throughout the week, leaving me wanting to catch up on some sleep during weekend. Catching up on sleep like this doesn’t actually help, either, and only makes for very lazy weekends.
5. Write a minimum of three blog posts a week
Consistency is key, also when it comes to keeping this blog afloat. It keeps my writing habit alive, and it forces me to keep producing content, both in terms of writing and in terms of photography. It’s a little daunting to write this down, to be honest, but I do it in order to keep myself accountable.
6. Take up drawing
Besides reading, writing and playing the guitar, I used to draw quite a bit before. As a teenager, I would just sit cooped up in my room drawing and listening to music for hours on end. But these last years, it is not something I have prioritized. At all. Sill, I picture myself as a creative person that knows her way around a pencil and a paper, as it were. So, I guess I better take up drawing on a regular basis.
7. Get up at 5.30 am sharp each work day
Only if I manage to get myself out of bed each morning when my alarm clock rings will I be able to keep up with the rest of my resolutions. Snoozing for 30 minutes each morning never did anyone any good, and it only makes for a stressful morning accompanied by the gut feeling of yet again wasting a good half an hour.
This little list of mine, with seven everyday resolutions, I’ll begin implementing tomorrow. Tomorrow is Monday, and what better day to begin a new routine?
How about you? Do the idea you have of yourself and who you are match what you actually spend time doing? If not, did I inspire you to make your own list of everyday resolutions to get you there?