Like most people I know, at the beginning of every new year, I usually think about all the ways I should improve myself. I made my list but I wanted to see how my resolutions stacked up to other people's. According to recent polls, the top resolution this year is to spend more time with family and friends. As a full time writer and stay-at-home wife/mother, I've got that one in the bag.
Next in the polls was making time for fitness. Although I'm guilty of slacking lately, I usually manage to get to the gym four or five times a week, so I need to tighten up on that one (literally). And after all my holiday season indulgences, a few extra workouts are definitely in order. Because we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas at my house, I had double excuses to indulge. Now I have double the extra work at the gym.
Third on the list for the American public is quitting smoking. Nailed that one about fifteen years ago, thank goodness. If you're a smoker, please put this one at the top of your resolutions. Get help -- from your doctor, a support group or loved ones. As a former smoker, I'm one of the most vigilant anti-smokers out there. Just ask my sister and her husband. I pester them to quit on a regular basis.
Other popular resolutions this year are to lower one's stress level, quit drinking, get out of debt and to learn something new. My main source of stress will turn eighteen at the end of the year. I can hang in there until then;-) I don't drink much or often and although debt isn't a big issue for me, I would like to resolve to save more. Learn something new - I'll have to work on that one.
As a writer, I will add that I'd like to up my productivity. All I have to do is look to my uber-productive critique partner, Savannah. If I can write half as many words as she, I'll be doing great.
Just for grins, I checked out my post a year ago when I listed my goals for 2010. I surpassed some - instead of contracting four short stories/novellas and one full length, I contracted six short ones and two full length manuscripts. Yeah! I can't say if I met my word count goal because I failed to keep track of it as I'd hoped. I did get organized enough to track submissions and royalties, though. So overall, I think I did pretty well.
Any resolutions you'd like to share. Throw them out there into the blogosphere and put the pressure on to achieve them. I'm just sayin...