If you have read my previous blog post Crafting a brighter future - A period of self reflection you'll know that rather than rushing into any new work I spent most of the first month of 2019 mentally taking stock and looking at ways to make my life more positive. During this review period I indulged in an awful lot of navel gazing and wrote an emotional manifesto of how I wanted to feel, before starting to think more practically about all the things I wanted my life to provide.
So how did I move from introspection towards action?
I filled a notebook with lists. These lists covered EVERYTHING I could possibly think of - things I wanted to do more, things I wanted to do less, long term goals, short term goals, projects I wanted to complete, jobs that I've been putting off and habits I knew I needed to change.
Eventually I realised that many of the activities could be grouped together under similar headings and after listening to the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast (episode 203) I decided that I was going to write a superlist - my very own '19 for 2019'
And here it is!
One whole notebook of hard earned knowledge condensed into nineteen statements of intent:
I'm really hoping that this list of intentions will help me make more mindful decisions about the types of things I want to do this year.
Writing them down, printing them out, sharing them publicly - are all ways to give myself accountability and make sure I am responsible for taking action. But I know it can't stop there. Many of the things on this list will require effort, and organisation, and a conscious change to inbuilt habits and behaviours.
It's gonna be hard work - but I totally believe it's gonna be worth it!
PS - Have you written19 for 2019? I'd love to know! What things are on your list?