As a recovering J (think Myers Briggs), I have a habit of planning. I think about things in advance and am good at researching my options. I’ve been this way most of my life. It has served me well, but I’ve recently learned that I actually prefer a bit less structure.
So, as a born-again P (think spontaneous!), I am trying to enjoy the freedom of life without plans.
Ok, well, not completely without plans. But at least without overplanning.
So when I started this one resolution a month project for myself, I intentionally didn’t let my planning habit take over. I am resisting the urge to pick all of my resolutions in advance. You see, I’ve learned that this kind of planning makes me batty.
Instead, I let myself think, ponder, consider, and even imagine the possibilities. But I don’t go so far as planning. Instead, I let myself wait until the last minute to decide. Then I can think – what am I really in the mood for? What feels right?
Some of my possible future resolutions are below. Which resolutions would you like to try? What resolutions do you think I should add to the list? Which resolutions would make you run screaming for the nearest exit?
- Stretch every day
I feel incredibly inflexible. I have recently discovered Pilates. If one class can make me go from reaching for my toes to actually putting most of my palm on the floor, I wonder what would happen if I actually did this every day for a month.
- Finishing touches
One of my friends has a habit of ‘finishing touches’ – which is ending each evening with a quick tidying up. I love the idea. I’m not sure I have the discipline.
- Finish the AFI 100
Obviously not a resolution to begin until after I’ve finished my thesis, and perhaps not one that can fit in a month. I think I’ve watched about 40% of this list, but I could be way off.
- Don’t purchase any stuff
Don’t buy any THING (excluding food, and possibly gasoline for my car) and keep track of everything I thought of buying.
- Brown bag month
I eat out for lunch a lot. Would I like it if I ate a packed lunch every day? Or if I went home every day at lunch? What would miss? What would I gain?